Cowboys Get Big Win Over Falcons On The Road

Feb. 17, 2003

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By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Jay Straight had 27 points and hit all fiveof his 3-point attempts as Wyoming held on to beat Air Force 64-57 Mondaynight.

Wyoming (18-6, 6-3 Mountain West Conference) has won eight straight and 26of 27 over Air Force. The Cowboys shot 50 percent or better for the fourth timein six games and were 9-for-14 from 3-point range after hitting a school-record11 against New Mexico Saturday.

Air Force (11-11, 2-7) overcame a slow start to shoot 52 percent, but didn'thave anything left down the stretch and lost for the fourth time in five games.

Tim Keller led Air Force with 24 points but made just three of five freethrows in the final 1:52.

Air Force trailed by as much as 11 in the first half but took a 47-45 leadwith 3:32 left on a 3-pointer by Tom Bellairs.

Straight closed out any chance the Falcons had of completing the comeback,hitting long 3-pointers on the next two possessions. His first was from aboutfive feet behind the line and his second, from about two feet closer, put theCowboys up 51-47 with 2:10 left.

Keller hit one of two free throws on the other end, but it was as close asthe Falcons would get.

Straight finished 9-for-10 from the field. Donta Richardson added 17 points.

Both teams were coming off hot-shooting games, but only Wyoming was able tokeep it going at the start.

The Cowboys, who set a school record with 11 3-pointers against New Mexicoon Saturday, made six of their first nine shots - three from long range - toopen with a 15-4 lead.

Air Force set a school record by hitting 71 percent of its shots in a winover Colorado State on Saturday, but struggled against Wyoming's aggressive mandefense in the early going.

Joel Gerlach and Keller each scored on driving layups to open the game, butthe Falcons missed their next eight shots - many with the shot clock windingdown.

Air Force recovered to shoot 44 percent by the end of the half, but itwasn't enough to keep pace with the Cowboys.

Wyoming consistently found gaps in Air Force's zone, making 8-of-15 shots totake a 25-19 lead. The Cowboys were 5-for-9 from 3-point range, with Straightmaking both of his attempts to finish the half with 10 points.