Falcons rally past USD

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Air Force used a strong second half to battle past the University of South Dakota, 94-86 in men’s basketball action on Thursday.

USD led 40-32 at the half.

Max Yong scored 24 points and Marek Olesinski posted 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Air Force (4-4). Justin Hammonds finished with 13 points off the bench, Tre’ Coggins had 12 points and Hayden Graham added 10 points in the victory.

Casey Kasperbauer hit six three-pointers to finish with 20 points for USD (3-4). Trey Norris netted 15 points, Trevor Gruis had 14 points and Brandon Bos added 13 points and six assists for the Coyotes, who saw their three-game win streak snapped.

Air Force shot 39 free throws, making 31. USD was just 21-26.

USD will play on the road again on Saturday, facing Wyoming in a neutral site game in Rapid City. Wyoming beat USD 70-53 on Nov. 22 in Laramie, WY.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA (3-4)

 

Tyler Flack 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Gruis 5-6 4-6 14, Trey Norris 4-8 5-6 15, Brandon Bos 4-6 3-4 13, Adam Thoseby 3-11 0-0 7, Casey Kasperbauer 7-10 0-0 20, Karim Rowsom 1-1 4-5 6, Tavian Pomlee 0-0 0-0 0, Eric Robertson 2-6 0-0 4, Tyler Larson 1-2 5-5 7. TOTALS: 27-50 21-26 86.

 

AIR FORCE (4-4)

 

Marek Olesinski 5-7 7-8 19, Justin Hammonds 3-4 6-6 13, Ethan Michael 1-4 1-2 3, Zach Kocur 0-1 2-2 2, Max Yon 8-18 6-9 24, Tre’ Coggins 2-3 7-8 12, Nick Jorgensen 2-5 1-2 6, Hayden Graham 3-4 1-2 10, Chase Kammerer 1-1 0-0 2, Darrius Parker 1-1 0-0 3. TOTALS: 26-48 31-39 94.

 

At the half: SD 40, AF 32. Three-Pointers: AF 11-23 (Graham 3-3, Olesinski 2-4, Yon 2-6, Parker 1-1, Hammonds 1-2, Michael 0-2, Kocur 0-1), SD 11-26 (Kasperbauer 6-9, Norris 2-4, Bos 2-4, Thoseby 1-7, Robertson 0-2). Rebounds: AF 29 (Olesinski 8), SD 24 (Larson 6). Personal Fouls: SD 28, AF 21. Fouled Out: Flack, Hammonds. Assists: AF 20 (Yon 5), SD 19 (Bos 6). Turnovers: SD 11, AF 7. BlockeD Shots: SD 4, AF 2. Steals: SD 5 (Norris 3), AF 4. Attendance: 1,599.

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