Among Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich's fears entering the game against a hungry, nothing-to-lose opponent like San Jose State was that the home team would find a jolt of confidence after getting out to a hot start.
That didn't happen. The Spartans' first basket didn't come until a tip-in with 14:59 remaining in the first half. At that point Air Force had built a 5-0 lead and the Falcons led by as many as nine points in the first half.
San Jose State had nine turnovers and seven turnovers at halftime, as Air Force led 29-22.
Speaking of slow starts, in Air Force's previous road game at Nevada on Feb. 1, it took 15 3-point attempts for the Falcons to finally connect. On Wednesday, Max Yon connected on the team's first try from 3.
Free throws still rare
There was much grumbling among Air Force fans about the disparity in free throws in a loss to Colorado State on Saturday in which the Rams attempted 21 more shots from the line. That didn't get a lot better in the first half at San Jose State, as Air Force didn't attempt its first free throw until Kamryn Williams completed a three-point play with 3:38 remaining in the first half.
Air Force attempted just the one first-half free throw compared to six for San Jose State.
Coggins back in lineup
Point guard Tre' Coggins returned to the starting lineup, providing full closure to his three-game suspension.
Coggins had come off the bench - scoring a team-high 19 points - against Colorado State on Saturday in his return.