The Air Force Falcons(9-14, 1-9) put a scare into the Colorado State Rams(15-9, 6-4) but faded late in a 47-51 loss to the Rams. The Falcons lead by 8 in the first half, almost immediately in the 2nd half the Rams charged back and kept it around 4 till they took the lead for good with 4:47 left in the game. The Rams currently are sole possessors of 4th place in the MWC by a half game as SDSU has yet to play again. As you can expect in a game with a 51-47 score it was fairly ugly, catch the ugly details after the jump...
The Falcons played good if not great in the first half. They gave the Rams only 2 free throws, caused 9 turnovers, and only gave up two offensive rebounds. Their offense caused fits for the Rams who got overly physical with cutters and had the Falcons shooting bonus free throws with over 10 minutes in the half remaining. Grant Parker was big with 11 points in the first half, he only finished with 13. Air Force shot 43% in the first half, the 2nd half was their undoing as they lost their shot and put up a poor 18.2% field goal percentage in the second half. They were 4-22 in the second half, 2-10 from 2 point range. On the glass the Falcons didn't have an answer as they lost the rebound margin 35-23.
The Rams should be happy with an escape win, it could have easily been a season killing loss. The Rams played pretty poor and it was the same old story, too many turnovers and stagnant offense at times. They Rams shot an uncharacteristic 26.3% from 3 point land and had a few to many quick shots. The Rams shot an amazing 13-16 from inside the arc, 81.2%. Andy Ogide led the Rams with 12 points, freshman Greg Smith and Dorian Green both added 10. Smith almost had a double double with 9 boards. Travis Franklin seemed to bust out of his free throw slump as he hit 5 of 6.
Next up the Falcons travel to Provo to take on BYU in a game that might get ugly. The Rams take on BYU at home in a week, 2/17.