Updated: February 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm
To hear coach Dave Pilipovich talk on Monday about the need to take more shots and granting a universal green light for his shooters, it sounded like Air Force would be quick on the draw against the Cowboys on Tuesday.
That's not how it played out.
Of 23 first-half possessions that didn't result in transition attempts or turnovers, the Falcons took an average of 16 seconds to release their first shot.
They attempted 25 first-half field goals, which was just one more than they attempted in the first half of the teams' first meeting.
Still, though the numbers weren't much different, point guard Tre' Coggins said the change in mentality was valuable.
"It helped a lot," said Coggins, who scored 20 points for the first time since Jan. 15. "We took some shots early in the shot clock that we never would have taken before, but I think it helped a lot just to be able to trust each other and not have to worry about what the coaches would think about our decisions on the court."
After rarely using its freshmen through much of the conference season, Air Force turned to them early. Zach Kocur was the first man off the bench for the Falcons, followed by Darrius Parker.
A third freshman, Joe Tuss, subbed in midway through the first half.
DeLovell Earls replaced Justin Hammonds in the starting lineup for Air Force. Earls, who started 22 games a sophomore, was making his third start of the season and gave the Falcons their 10th starting lineup combination of the season.
Earls scored three points with five rebounds and an assist.
Air Force has won three consecutive games at Wyoming. . Air Force's five conference wins mark the 10th time the program has won that many since joining a conference in 1980-81. . The Falcons' six assists are the fewest since six against Drake on Dec. 3, 2011.