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Colorado beats Air Force at the Academy, 93-56

The Buffaloes advance a decade-long winning streak over the Falcons

NCAA Basketball: Colorado at Air Force Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Lucas Siewert led all scorers with 17 points and Namon Wright added 13 points to give the Colorado Buffaloes a 93-56 victory over Air Force Falcons on Saturday night.

The Buffs (3-1) rebounded after Wednesday’s loss to San Diego, picking up a rare road win in Colorado Springs. Colorado now sports a 6-20 record away from Boulder over the past three years. Dave Pilipovich’s Falcons (2-4) suffered their first home loss of the season in a game the Buffaloes never trailed. It’s a ninth straight win for CU over the in-state rival Falcons.

Siewert had a perfect night, going 6-of-6 from the field, 2-of-2 at the free throw line, with 8 rebounds. The Buffs collectively went 34-of-58 (58.6%) including 14-29 (48.3 %) from 3-point range against a AFA defense who couldn’t find an answer. Perhaps the difference was Colorado out rebounding Air Force 44-25, a majority on the defensive end with 36.

Eleven Buffaloes scored in the game with underclassmen Daylen Kountz and D’Shawn Schwartz contributing 11 points each. The Colorado bench nearly outscored AFA’s eight scorers with 49 points. A.J. Walker lead the Falcons with 13 points on the night. The 37-point win for CU matches the 2016-17 season-opener vs. Sacramento State as the largest victory during Tad Boyle’s tenure.

Tyler Bey injured his arm after falling to the floor in the first half. He returned to the bench, but didn’t re-enter the game. Boyle said after the game he doesn’t believe the injury was significant and CU’s training staff will evaluate Bey when the team returns to Boulder later tonight.


Colorado returns home to play Portland on Wednesday (11/28). It’s the first of a four-game home stand for the Buffaloes that features the Rocky Mountain Showdown on the court next weekend against Colorado State.