San Diego State 61, Air Force 42 – Rapid Reaction

Published: March 7, 2010, 12:38 am, by admin

Air Force set a season low for points in a half tonight with 14 in the first 20 minutes.

The Falcons also set a new low for points in a game this season with 42.

So I guess you could say that the Falcons saved their worst for last.

But, unfortunately, a 19-point home loss on senior night isn’t even close to the worst that’s happened this season.

The good news, of course, is that there’s still the Mountain West Conference tournament. Air Force got a feel-good victory in the play-in game of last year’s tournament, and maybe it can do the same this year.

There’s no reason to get too in depth with this game because it was much like many of the 14 other losses in league play – poor shooting (18-of-46), especially from 3-point range (4-of-18); prolonged scoring droughts; a significant deficit on the glass (San Diego State out-rebounded Air Force, 30-21).

And since it’s senior night, there’s no reason to go through all the dismal numbers of the last two seasons. So I’ll say this instead:

Air Force’s seniors have shown a lot of class in what has been a tough situation. They started their careers in a season when the Falcons reached dizzying heights (No. 11 in the coaches’ Top 25). And they’re finishing it with a second consecutive last-place finish in the league. But, like I said, they’ve handled it with class.

“It’s the fifth-winningest class in the history of Air Force basketball,” coach Jeff Reynolds said. “They’ve had some struggles here of late, but they’ve battled, they’ve played extremely hard, they’ve been very coachable. They’re outstanding young men, and they’ll be great officers in the Air Force.”