In a way, it was just like most Air Force basketball games this year, as in we never know from game to game who will step up to lead the Falcons. On Tuesday at Clune Arena, Kamryn Williams came off the bench for a career-high 25 points, leading Air Force to a 72-66 victory over Wyoming.
"That's my highest game ever, ever," Williams said. "My best game was 23 in high school." Williams entered the game about seven minutes into the first half, and immediately scored eight straight Falcon points, starting with two three-pointers. "I definitely felt confident at that point. I usually don't hit threes early in the game," Williams offered. He would also add ten rebounds, the first double-double for the Falcons this year.
In spite of Williams' efforts, Air Force would trail the Cowboys at halftime 38-37. That was mostly due to Wyoming's Nathan Sobey hitting 5 of 5 threes, on his way to a career-high 22 points, also off the bench.
In the second half, Air Force went to the inside. " We wanted to do that," said coach Dave Pilipovich. "We got it by post feeds and we got it with drives." The Falcons would make 13 of 18 two-point shots in the half, which was a good thing, as they missed all four from beyond the arc, and finished just 3 of 18 on threes for the game.
So Air Force improved to 7-6 in the Mountain West, and 16-10 overall, in spite of a somewhat sluggish effort for stretches of the game. "We're gettin' tired. It's just a long year," Pilipovich explained. "Cadet athletes go through a little more than your normal student-athlete. I think Kamryn Williams and DeLovell Earls came in with fresher legs and were more active." Earls had perhaps his best all-around game of the year, with 12 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes.
The Falcons next take on Fresno State on the road this Saturday; then a road test versus San Diego State, before finishing the regular season with a home tilt versus
New Mexico on March 9.