GAME NOTES: The Wyoming Cowboys try to extend their win streak to three in a row, as they clash with the Air Force Falcons in Mountain West Conference action at Clune Arena on Wednesday night.
Just 1-4 in true road games this season, the Cowboys picked up that lone victory just 11 days ago with a narrow 52-50 triumph over Boise State at Taco Bell Arena. Over the weekend, Wyoming claimed another win, this time a 67-56 triumph versus San Jose State at home, evening the team's league mark at 2-2.
Air Force, which is a solid 7-4 at home, won the last game played here a week ago against San Jose State by a final of 77-62. However, the Falcons then hit the road last Saturday and were dealt a 74-68 setback by in-state and conference rival Colorado State. Despite the loss, the Academy is still ahead of the Pokes in the standings with a 3-3 mark.
The Cowboys own a commanding 73-33 advantage in the all-time series with Air Force, posting a mark of 30-19 in Colorado Springs.
Larry Nance spearheaded the charge for the Cowboys last Saturday, as he produced a double-double consisting of 18 points and 13 rebounds, not to mention five of the team's six blocked shots. His influence in the paint helped the hosts to limit SJSU to only 37.0 percent shooting from the floor. Josh Adams added 16 points and seven assists, followed by Nathan Sobey with 10 points.
Now 6-0 on the season when holding opponents under 60 points, the key for the Cowboys is obviously their defense. On the average, league foes are posting only 59.8 ppg and the highest of those scores went to New Mexico (72) only after the meeting went to overtime. League foes are shooting just 39.8 percent from the field, compared to 46.7 percent for the Cowboys who are paced by Nance and Adams on offense with 14.3 and 13.3 ppg, respectively.
The Falcons battled back from an 11-point deficit midway through the first half to post a five-point edge with just under six minutes remaining versus Colorado State, but another flurry of activity led the Rams to the six-point home win nonetheless. Max Yon scored a game-high 23 points for the Falcons, hitting 4-of-10 shots beyond the arc, followed by Marek Olesinski and Kamryn Williams with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Olesinski also cleared nine rebounds in the setback.
Tre Coggins, who shot 2-of-10 from the field and finished with only four points against Colorado State, still leads the Falcons in scoring on the season with his 17.5 ppg, stemming from an even 50 percent effort from the floor and an impressive 44.7 percent accuracy beyond the arc. Yon checks in with another 13.9 ppg, and between the pair they've accounted for a combined 98 assists in an effort to keep the team productive.
With the offense opening up a bit more for the Falcons this season, it is no longer a defensive war with Wyoming, even though the Cowboys are still in that mode of thinking this year. As long as Air Force doesn't get overwhelmed by Nance in the paint, the hosts should have a shot at the win.
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