Scores

Final

Air Force 82

(10-1, 7-0 home)

4:00 PM ET, December 9, 2006

Clune Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado

1 2 T
COC 6 2531
AFA 50 3282

Top Performers

Colorado College: L. Jacobs 11 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

Air Force: A. Hood 9 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

Air Force holds D-III Colorado College to 6 first-half points in rout

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -- If the mission was a test flight over token resistance, Air Force may have exceeded all expectations.

Air Force (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; unranked AP) held Division III Colorado College to an NCAA-record six points in the first half and went on to an 82-31 victory Saturday.

The previous low for a half since the shot clock was introduced for the 1985-86 season was the seven scored by Central Michigan in trailing Ohio University by 28 points on Jan. 14.

Even with veteran point guard Matt McCraw sidelined after injuring an ankle in practice last week, the Falcons led the Tigers 50-6 at halftime.

The Falcons (10-1) forced 13 turnovers and raced to a 30-point lead with 9:30 remaining in the first half before Nate Brodman finally put the Tigers (1-9) on the board with a 3-pointer.

"In our last two games and our last two losses, there's a story line," Air Force coach Jeff Bzdelik said, noting that his team had shot well enough to win against Illinois in the NCAA Tournament last season but lost. He also said that wins against IPFW and Texas-Pan American during the past week were closer than they should have been.

Bzdelik said the plan was to work on defense Saturday. "We wanted to have a sense of urgency throughout. In the first half we did, and in the second half, playing some players who hadn't really played before, there were some holes, but those are correctible," he said.

Air Force starters remained on the bench the entire second half, but the Falcons maintained up to a 50-point lead.

"I liked, especially in the first half, the intensity, the awareness, the stances, the awareness on the weak side, the awareness on the strong side, the pressure, catching the move, funneling people correctly, defending situations. That was there in terms of the fundamental skill," Bzdelik said. "So that was good."

Starting forward Jacob Burtschi led Air Force, scoring 10 points in 10 minutes before the bench took over.

"I think it was very important just for us to get the experience and exposure," said Anwar Johnson, a sophomore forward who came off the bench for 24 minutes of playing time.

Senior starting center Nick Welch agreed.

"We attacked this game with the mentality that we're trying to get better and this was a great experience for those guys to get in there," Welch said. "Whether you're playing against Colorado College or if you're getting in against Wake Forest, you're still getting that experience and that's key for those guys.

"I think we came out with a great mentality of we're not going to overlook anybody," Welch said. "It doesn't matter who we're playing, we're going to come out with that fire. Coach has really challenged us to play 40 minutes and we try to come out right off the bat and basically just come out and play our game and have that game intensity that we needed against a couple of teams earlier in the year. We need to attack every game like that."

Lance Jacobs led Colorado College with 11 points, all in the second half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
COC
AFA
Points 31 82
FG Made-Attempted 10-39 (.256) 31-49 (.633)
3P Made-Attempted 6-21 (.286) 11-22 (.500)
FT Made-Attempted 5-6 (.833) 9-14 (.643)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 52

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