Updated: January 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm
DeLovell Earls played just 14 minutes on Wednesday, but his contributions were large for Air Force.
The junior co-captain scored six points, had seven rebounds and two assists. His biggest play was a difficult shot he was able to spin off the backboard while falling down with 1:33 remaining in the first half. He drew a foul and made the free throw.
At the time, San Jose State had been on a 6-0 run, led by five and had a chance to take a sizeable lead into the locker room. That was also the same point in which Sunday's loss against San Diego State had gotten away from the Falcons.
Earls' layup took away San Jose State's momentum, allowed Air Force to go into halftime down just two, and Marek Olesinski's 3-pointer early in the second half gave the Falcons a lead they never let go.
"That was a big possession for us," Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich said of Earl's play, which came out of a timeout. "They could have spread it to 8. He's got that craftiness to him where he can spin it up and put it in."
The Falcons are making a habit of strong second-half shooting performances. They made 13 of 21 (61.9 percent) in the second half on Wednesday, which puts them at 40 of 67 (59.7 percent) in the second half over their past three games.
"I can't explain it," said guard Tre' Coggins, who made 4-of-6 second-half shots. "I don't think there's any explanation for it."
With Marek Olesnski in early foul trouble, Chase Kammerer gave Air Force a needed contribution - particularly in the first half when he converted a three-point play, blocked a shot, had two assists and two rebounds.
Kammerer, the 6-foot-7 lone senior on the team, hadn't scored since putting up two points against South Dakota on Dec. 5.