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MBB Defeated by Air Force

Nov 18, 2006

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Buffaloes Men's Basketball team (1-2) fell to the Air Force Academy Falcons (4-0) in Boulder Saturday night. The Buffs were held to 11 points in the first half in the 84-46 loss.

Sophomore forward, Jermyl Jackson-Wilson led Colorado with nine points. Leading scorer junior guard Richard Roby was held to six points on 3-for-14 shooting.

Nick Welch added 18 points for Air Force (4-0), which last started out with four straight wins in the 1998-99 season, when it began 5-0. The Falcons hit 13-of-25 3-pointers, four by Tim Anderson.

The first half output of 11 was Colorado's lowest scoring half since being held to four points in the first half of a Jan. 23, 1980 game at Missouri.

It was also the first time CU failed to place a player in double figures since Feb. 15, 1992 at Kansas. Poncho Hodges and Joe Stephens each scored nine points in the 82-45 loss.

Colorado took a 4-0 lead early, but trailed 35-11 at halftime thanks to a scoring drought that lasted nearly 12 minutes and a patient Air Force team that shot 52 percent and had 11 points from Welch.

After a basket by junior forward Marcus King-Stockton, the Buffaloes missed 11 straight shots and turned the ball over five times while the Falcons' Dan Nwaelele buried three, 3-pointers as part of a 22-0 run that ended with Matt McGraw following his own miss to push Air Force ahead 22-4.

Jackson-Wilson ended the scoreless string with a basket at 6:49 that drew a roar from the crowd. Colorado, which shot 23 percent for the half, managed only seven points the rest of the period, two by Roby, who was 1-for-8 shooting.

Things didn't get much better in the second half for Colorado. The Buffaloes improved their shooting to 42 percent, but fell behind 47-17 after a 3-pointer from Welch and a layup and free throw from Keith Henke.

The next action for the Buffs will come against the University of Utah Utes in Salt Lake City on November 21 at 8 p.m.