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.
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.
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.