Air Force held Wyoming scoreless for the last 5:27 of the second half to run away with a 59-40 win in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament this afternoon in Las Vegas.
It’s the second straight year Air Force has won the play-in game despite having a dismal MWC regular season and finishing dead last in the conference. The Falcons only won one MWC game this year, at home against Wyoming on Jan. 30. Since then Air Force has dropped nine in a row.
Senior forward Grant Parker led Air Force in scoring with 15 points. Freshman guard Michael Lyons came off the bench to add 11.
This was Air Force’s first win away from home since last year’s upset over Colorado State in the MWC tourney. Must be something about Vegas that agrees with the Falcons.
Here’s the ESPN box score.
Air Force doesn’t get much time to celebrate the win. They play No. 1 seed New Mexico (26-3) on Thursday at 1 p.m. PT. But his may not be as bad a matchup as you’d think — Air Force actually gave New Mexico a big scare during a 59-56 loss on Feb. 20.
More pics from the Wyoming game after the jump: