Air Force basketball notes: Wyoming assistant takes over

By Brent Briggeman Updated: January 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm • Published: January 22, 2014 | 11:10 pm 0

Assistant Allen Edwards coached Wyoming on Wednesday after coach Larry Shyatt fell ill while in Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

Edwards found out Shyatt wouldn't be able to coach at about 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

Because he had handled the scouting report for the game, it fell on him to assume the lead coaching responsibilities.

"It was probably more excitement than anything," Edwards said. "You know, every assistant dreams of the opportunity, but what I told the guys after the game was that it was a team effort. Not only them on the court, but us as a staff ... just in our preparation, doing walk-through and then just coming to the game and our huddles during a timeout. It wasn't an Allen Edwards deal, it was a good job of coach Shyatt training us as a staff, along with his team, to be able to go out there and get a win on the road."

Wyoming did not offer any specifics of Shyatt's illness, though Edwards said he was told "everything was going to be OK."

 

Free throws continue to be an issue

Air Force is making its shots from the free-throw line, shooting 76 percent in conference games. The problem is getting there.

In four conference losses, Falcons opponents are 88 of 119 from the line, while Air Force is 45 of 59.

In Air Force's three Mountain West wins it is 47 of 62, compared to 34 of 50 for foes.

Wyoming went 23 of 24 from the line on Wednesday, while Air Force was 8 of 10.

'That shows we didn't drive and attack on the zone, and they drove and attacked us in our matchups and got to the rim," Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich said.

 

Missed opportunity

An Air Force victory would have made four in a row against Wyoming, which would have been the longest streak for the Falcons in a series has been played 111 times dating back to 1958.

It also would have sent Air Force into an open weekend on a good note.

That obviously wasn't the case.

"That's a good thing, too," Air Force forward Justin Hammonds said of the long layoff before a game at Boise State on Jan. 29. "We have a week to think about what we did wrong and work on it."

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