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Road no longer daunting for Air Force men's basketball after second straight win

January 17, 2018 Updated: January 17, 2018 at 10:49 pm
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Colorado State forward Deion James tries to get around Air Force forward Lavelle Scottie on his way to the basket in an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Collins, Colo., Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (Austin Humphreys/The Coloradoan via AP)

After a second-straight road victory, Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich offered a suggestion for Saturday.

How about the Falcons travel to Fresno State instead of having the Bulldogs come to Clune Arena?

"Let's get the commissioner on the phone," Pilipovich said.

He was joking, of course, but the road used to be no laughing matter for the Falcons. They hadn't won on the road in the conference since Jan. 28, 2015 before grinding out a 78-71 victory at San Jose State on Saturday.

On Wednesday they won at Colorado State for the first time since 2009, winning 76-71.

The Falcons no longer dread the road. In fact, senior guard Trevor Lyons was so jazzed after Wednesday's victory that he wanted to play 40 more minutes at Moby Arena.

"I want to go out there and play again, to be honest," he said.

Slow start from long range

Air Force started the game 1 of 16 from 3-point range before rebounding with five straight 3s. They finished 12 of 39 from long range, outscoring Colorado State 36-15 from behind the arc.

"I knew I needed to keep shooting," said Jacob Van, who started 0 for 3 from 3 before hitting all three of his second-half attempts.

Scottie sits at the start

Air Force leading scorer Lavelle Scottie did not start on Wednesday, as he was punished for arriving late to a team meeting on Sunday.

The sophomore checked in at the 15:39 mark in the first half and logged 27 minutes, scoring 14 points with six rebounds.

BRENT BRIGGEMAN, THE GAZETTE

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