The Air Force Falcons have finally fallen.
Nevada – Las Vegas ended the Falcons’ 13-game winning streak and
handed the Falcons their first conference loss of the season Monday
night with a 63-50 victory at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las
Vegas. However, the Falcons still top the Mountain West Conference
standings, despite being picked to finish last by the MWC media in
With three straight overtime wins at home, CSU is the hottest
team in the conference. Brigham Young is the coldest team,
suffering three straight losses, including a 64-56 loss to arch
rival Utah Saturday at Utah’s Huntsman Center, to drop into a tie
with Wyoming and New Mexico for last place.
Air Force (15-3 overall, 5-1 MWC)
The Falcons gave up more than 60 points for just the second time
this season in the loss to UNLV. The Rebels penetrated the Falcons’
zone defense and scored 22 second chance points.
However, head coach Joe Scott and his Princeton-style zone
defense and back-cutting offense are still in the MWC driver’s seat
as they head home for three straight games. AFA faces Wyoming
Saturday, CSU on Monday and New Mexico on Feb. 14.
Utah (16-5 overall, 4-2 MWC)
The Utes are riding their emotions as they wait for the return
of head coach Rick Majerus, who was hospitalized Jan. 28 with heart
problems. Majerus, who has a 320-95 record at Utah, has said he
will retire at the end of the season because of continual health
Under assistant coach Kerry Rupp, the Utes came back from a
15-point deficit to win one for Majerus against BYU. Utah hosts San
Diego State Saturday and UNLV Monday.
UNLV (12-6 overall, 3-3 MWC)
The Rebels’ big win against Air Force pulled them back into the
thick of the MWC race. Forward J.K. Edwards scored 19 points
against the Falcons.
The Rebels also seemed to quell the foul problems they had in a
loss against CSU, in which five players fouled out. On Monday, the
Falcons only shot nine free throws against UNLV.
The Rebels travel to Utah to face BYU Saturday and the Utes
CSU (11-8 overall, 3-3 MWC)
The Rams officially climbed back into the MWC race with the
three straight overtime victories at home.
Center Matt Nelson, CSU’s leading scorer, is still out nursing
his sprained left knee, but the Rams have gained the confidence
they can win in close games.
Now they must prove the can win in MWC road games, where they
are 0-2 this season. The Rams travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to face
New Mexico Saturday and to Colorado Springs to face Air Force
San Diego State (12-9 overall, 3-3 MWC)
The Aztecs suffered two crushing defeats in Laramie, Wyo., and
Fort Collins last week. But the Aztecs got back on track at home
with a 72-68 win against New Mexico Monday night.
SDSU travels this week to face Utah Saturday and BYU Monday
before traveling to Las Vegas to play UNLV on Feb. 14.
BYU (12-7 overall, 2-4 MWC)
The preseason conference favorites are falling fast and hard. In
one week they went from tied for first to tied for worst in the
The Cougars will try to get back on track at home this week as
they host UNLV and SDSU.
New Mexico (11-8 overall, 2-4 MWC)
The Lobos entered into a tie for last place after road losses
against UNLV and SDSU. New Mexico hung in both games but was unable
to finish either one.
However, The Pit may have its magic back this season. New Mexico
has already defeated Utah and BYU at home. The Lobos will try to
continue their home court success against CSU and Wyoming over the
Wyoming (9-10 overall, 2-4 MWC)
The Cowboys could not hold a late lead against CSU during the
Border War clash on Saturday and fell into the MWC cellar.
To have a chance of making a run to get a decent seed in the MWC
tournament, the Cowboys will have to pull off an upset in road
games at New Mexico and Air Force over the next week.