Wyoming Defeats Air Force, 55-50

Jan. 11, 2006

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Justin Williams scored 11 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and had four blocked shots to help Wyoming to a 55-50 victory over Air Force Wednesday night.

The Wyoming win snapped a 12-game winning streak for Air Force (14-2, 2-1 Mountain West), whose only other loss this season came against now 13th-ranked Washington.

Jacob Burtschi scored six straight points to give Air Force a 38-37 lead with 14:41 remaining.

Steve Leven, who scored 12 points for Wyoming (9-7, 2-1), hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 50 with 2:21 left.

Brandon Ewing, who scored 11, hit a pair of free throws to put the Cowboys up 52-50 with 43 seconds to play.

Leven made two more free throws and Kevin Lewis added another in the final seconds for the final margin.

Antoine Hood led Air Force with 13 points, followed by Burtschi with 12 and Dan Nwaelele with 11.

It was a defensive struggle early, with neither team reaching double digits until a jump shot by Levens put Wyoming up 11-7 with 10:36 in the half. Chris Anderson's put-back dunk later in the half ignited the home crowd and highlighted a 9-2 Wyoming run that put the Cowboys up 26-17 with 4:18 left.

But Hood and Nwaelele each hit a 3-pointer as the Falcons outscored the Cowboys 8-2 to pull within 28-25 at halftime.