Falcons Beat Aztecs for 23rd Straight at Home

Jacob Burtschi scored 16 points to lead Air Force to a 62-50 win over San Diego State on Saturday.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -


With the win, Air Force (13-7, 4-1 Mountain West) moved into sole possession of second place in the conference and gained its 23rd consecutive win at home, the nation's second-longest home winning streak.

The Falcons started cold from 3-point range and trailed by a point at the half.

Air Force's Nick Welch made a layup with 13:48 left in the game to start a 10-1 run for the Falcons early in the second half. Welch finished with 10 points.

A 3-pointer by Tim Keller put Air Force up 41-30 with 10:10 left to play. The Falcons made 4-of-15 shots from 3-point range in the first half but in the second half made 6-of-11.

A 3-pointer by the Falcon's Marc Holum with 9:14 to play started another run that ended with a 3-pointer by Matt McCraw at 2:41 that put Air Force up 54-37. Keller finished with 12 points, while McCraw finished with 11. Burtschi also contributed on defense with five defensive rebounds and four steals.

Hitting shots from the low post and mid-range, San Diego State shot 64 percent from the field in the first half, with Marcus Slaughter going 4-for-4 for eight points, while Brandon Heath went 3-for-5 for eight points in the half.

San Diego State (9-9, 3-2) led 25-24 at the break and could have led by more had it made more than 1-of-8 free-throw attempts in the first half.

Heath led the Aztecs with 17 points, while Slaughter added 12.


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