Spartans can’t keep up with Falcons
Ryan Swan scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Jacob Van added 14 points to help Air Force beat host San Jose State 78-71 on Saturday to keep the Spartans winless in Mountain West play.
Pervis Louder scored all of his 12 points in the second half and Lavelle Scottie finished with 11 for Air Force (7-10, 1-4). The Falcons, who had lost seven of eight, snapped a fourgame skid.
Louder and Swan combined to score eight straight points to give Air Force a 69-59 lead with 70 seconds remaining. The Falcons missed five of their next 10 free throws before Van hit 4 of 4 in the final six seconds to seal it.
Ryan Welage had 17 points and Jalen James scored 13 for San Jose State (3-14, 0-6). The Spartans have lost six games in a row and 11 of their past 12.
Scottie hit three threes during an 11-2 run to open the game and Air Force led by 18 points. San Jose State scored 19 of the final 26 first-half points to pull within 40-34 at the break and Noah Baumann’s three-pointer capped a 9-0 run that gave the Spartans their first lead, 45-42, with 16 minutes left.
Cal’s Asha Thomas (left) contributed 14 points and eight assists in the win over Washington.