Coggins stays home
Point guard and leading scorer Tre' Coggins did not join Air Force on its road trip. The coaching staff informed the sophomore on Tuesday that he would stay behind for disciplinary reasons.
"We left him back. We didn't bring him," coach Dave Pilipovich said Wednesday morning. "The reason being we have standards that we expect out of our cadet athletes and he hasn't met those standards the last couple of days. We left him behind and we'll revisit the situation once we get back on Monday. I expect him back at practice on Monday.
"It was not an academy decision; it was a men's basketball program decision. Sometimes players just have to mature and get through some things and this was for the betterment of the team right now and where we're at."
In Coggins' absence, Air Force alternated players bringing the ball up the court. With Max Yon and Justin Hammonds handling much of the responsibilities. DeLovell Earls made his first start of the season and tied a season-high with six points.
Adjusting without Coggins
Despite missing its starting point guard, Air Force turned the ball over just 10 times - tied for the fewest for the Falcons in conference play.
Boise State didn't learn Coggins would be absent until the morning shootaround, and didn't bother to drastically change its approach by adding more full-court press or anything else.
Boise State coach Leon Rice was impressed with the way the Falcons made due without their leading scorer.
"That was a very, very disciplined Air Force squad tonight," Rice said. "Coggins maybe goes out and gets his own more than some of those guys and with Air Force that can be a good and bad thing at times. That's what Dave is working on with them, team stuff. They're always going to be better than the sum of their parts."
Air Force's six 3-point attempts are the fewest since attempting six at Wright State on Dec. 8, 2010. The Falcons' 43 field-goal attempts ties for the fewest this season. . The Falcons had four scorers in double figures for the first time since a loss at Fresno State on Jan. 4. . Boise State's bench outscored Air Force's 16-0, thanks largely to 13 points from reserve Thomas Bropleh. . The Broncos held a 12-3 advantage in second-chance points thanks to a 9-to-4 disparity in offensive rebounds.
BRENT BRIGGEMAN, THE GAZETTE