Falcons Slam Cougars

Sam Burgess connected on three 3-pointers to lead all scores with nine points for the Cougars in BYU's loss against the Air Force Falcons. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

USAFA -- Records were broken at the Clune arena, as the Falcons dominated the Cougars in every way possible to give BYU its worst lost in MWC history, 70-39. For the Cougars and head coach Steve Cleveland, it is the lowest point total for BYU in the MWC and also is the Falcons' first-ever sweep against the Cougars.

"There were too many no-shows in tonight's game," said Cleveland. "It's impossible to compete with teams in this conference if we can't have two or three players producing every night."

It was another nightmarish start for BYU, as the Falcons left the Cougars scoreless until Austin Ainge hit a deep three-point shot with 9:21 remaining in the first half. The Falcons Antoine Hood scored 14 points in the game, including the first two points of the game to start a 19-0 run. The Falcons continued to overwhelm the Cougars in the opening half, leading by as many as 26 points on their way to a 37-13 advantage.

The frustration continued for the Cougars in the second half. BYU had no answer for the Flacons offense and struggled to find a high quality shot to close the gap on Air Force's hefty lead. A bigger BYU team struggled inside the paint, being outrebounded 36-24 and outscored in the low-post 38-10.

Cougar guard Sam Burgess led the way for all Cougar scoring, finishing with nine points and center Chris Miles added seven points. Overall, BYU made a season-low 28 percent on 14-of-50 shooting from the field.

The Cougars return to Utah to face the regular-season champion Utah Utes. The Utes had their 18-game winning streak come to an end Monday night with a loss at New Mexico. Saturday's game at the Huntsman Center is a 1 p.m. (MST) ESPN+Plus telecast (KJZZ-TV in Salt Lake City).

Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS

Brigham Young vs Air Force

2-21-05 7:05 p.m. at USAFA, Colo. (Clune Arena)

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VISITORS: Brigham Young 9-18, 3-9 MWC

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

01 HALL, Mike.......... f 3-11 0-6 0-0 0 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 0 28

52 JENSEN, Jared....... c 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 10

12 REICHNER, Brock..... g 0-3 0-0 1-2 1 4 5 2 1 2 2 0 3 32

13 AINGE, Austin....... g 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 5 0 4 0 0 16

23 BALDERSON, Jimmy.... g 1-8 1-4 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 26

02 ROSE, Mike.......... 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 14

04 BURGESS, Joshua..... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

10 NASHIF, Terry....... 2-6 1-3 0-0 1 1 2 1 5 2 2 0 1 20

20 BURGESS, Sam........ 3-8 3-4 0-0 1 1 2 2 9 1 2 0 0 18

43 DAWES, Derek........ 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 0 3 0 2 0 0 12

54 MILES, Chris........ 2-4 0-0 3-5 2 1 3 4 7 0 1 2 0 23

TEAM................ 4 4

Totals.............. 14-50 6-22 5-8 11 13 24 13 39 5 17 2 4 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 4-21 19.0% 2nd Half: 10-29 34.5% Game: 28.0% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-8 12.5% 2nd Half: 5-14 35.7% Game: 27.3% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 4-7 57.1% 2nd Half: 1-1 100 % Game: 62.5% 1

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HOME TEAM: Air Force 16-10, 7-4 MWC

TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS

## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN

21 BURTSCHI, Jacob..... f 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 18

34 NWAELELE, Dan....... f 4-5 3-4 0-0 1 2 3 1 11 0 2 0 2 20

45 WELCH, Nick......... c 3-4 1-1 3-3 0 4 4 2 10 1 2 1 0 15

11 KELLER, Tim......... g 3-7 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 1 7 0 0 0 1 23

15 HOOD, Antoine....... g 6-7 1-1 1-1 0 2 2 1 14 1 1 0 1 21

05 McCRAW, Matt........ 2-3 1-1 1-2 0 2 2 2 6 2 2 1 1 22

12 ANDERSON, Tim....... 1-3 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 4 1 1 0 4 15

14 HOOD, Adam.......... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4

20 DILLINGER, Jared.... 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 7

22 SWAN, Chris......... 2-3 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 1 5

24 TEETS, Ryan......... 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 8

32 KENZIK, Eric........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

35 HOLUM, Marc......... 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 2 2 1 0 1 11

40 PETERSON, David..... 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 7

42 BUCHANAN, Caleb..... 1-4 0-3 1-2 1 2 3 2 3 3 2 2 0 18

44 MAREN, Keith........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

54 FRYE, John.......... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4

TEAM................ 2 3 5 1

Totals.............. 27-48 7-19 9-12 9 27 36 10 70 13 14 6 13 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-24 58.3% 2nd Half: 13-24 54.2% Game: 56.3% DEADB

3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 5-11 45.5% 2nd Half: 2-8 25.0% Game: 36.8% REBS

F Throw % 1st Half: 4-5 80.0% 2nd Half: 5-7 71.4% Game: 75.0% 2

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Officials: David Hall, Dan Chrisman, Eric Curry

Technical fouls: Brigham Young-None. Air Force-None.

Attendance: 4006

Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total

Brigham Young................. 13 26 - 39

Air Force..................... 37 33 - 70

Points in the paint-BY 10,AF 38. Points off turnovers-BY 7,AF 22.

2nd chance points-BY 8,AF 11. Fast break points-BY 2,AF 16.

Bench points-BY 24,AF 26. Score tied-0 times. Lead changes-0 times.

Tags: Results