Air Force downs Boise State 91-80

AIR FORCE ACADEMY – Air Force guard Michael Lyons scored a career-high 37 points and the Falcons raced past Boise State 91-80 on Saturday afternoon.

The Broncos, who played without junior guard Jeff Elorriaga (concussion), were led by center Ryan Watkins. Watkins had a career-high 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Air Force led by 10 at halftime and pushed the lead to as many as 22 in the second half.

Anthony Drmic had 19 points and Derrick Marks had 17 for the Broncos.

First half

Air Force guard Michael Lyons scored 25 points in the first half to lead the Falcons to a 47-37 halftime edge against Boise State. Lyons was 8-of-10 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Anthony Drmic led Boise State with 11 first-half points.

The Broncos led 27-20 on drive by Igor Hadziomerovic with eight minutes, 15 seconds left in the half. But the Falcons scored 27 of the final 37 points in the half.

Boise State guard Derrick Marks picked up three first-half fouls in just eight minutes. Four other Broncos had two first-half fouls.

Pregame notes

Boise State junior Jeff Elorriaga is out for the Broncos' game at Air Force on Saturday. Elorriaga suffered a concussion against New Mexico and did not make the trip.

Elorriaga suffered the concussion in the first half, but played 37 minutes and scored 11 points in the game. He went to the hospital after the game.

Elorriaga is shooting 49.1 percent from 3-point range on the season for the Broncos (13-3, 1-1 Mountain West). He is averaging 11.9 points per game, third on the team.

Sophomore Joe Hanstad will start in Elorriaga's place. Hanstad scored a career-high 19 points at Air Force last season. He made a career-high four 3-point field goals on six attempts in the victory. He also grabbed a career-high five rebounds in the game last year.

My preview story discussed the need for Boise State's bench to be more productive because the starters are playing so many minutes.

The Broncos are also without backup center Kenny Buckner, who will miss the third game of a three-game suspension for violating team rules.

They're in good hands (ahem) with Hansted...

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Wait a minute FO, you mean to tell me

there are people out there that will accept the fact that a person is a newspaperman?...Sunny...

Aw shucks

Too bad, looks like the usual 2nd half season swoon is right on schedule for the 'Donks

Pathetic

Performance. To let a single player score 37 points on you is a complete defensive breakdown. Lack of leadership. Air Force got beat by Colorado State last week by around 30, not looking good going forward.

Elorriaga had a concussion?

"Elorriaga suffered the concussion in the first half, but played 37 minutes and scored 11 points in the game. He went to the hospital after the game."

It explains why he was "off" that game. If he hadnt been hurt, we probably wouldnt have lost in overtime. That's just the way the ball bounces sometimes.

OK, Broncos. Let's regroup, and get ready for Fresno, then Nevada. Then, we get the gauntlet (CSU, UNLV, SDSU Wyoming, UNM). Tough stretch of games there.

Concussions are wicked bad. Why wasn't he pulled?

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

I dunno

If I was Coach Rice, and had known about the concussion, I would have sat Jeff down the whole game. No point in making it worse by playing him.