Criverside 23 29 52
Airforce 26 36 62
Date of game: 12/14/2013

Recap: Air Force vs. UC Riverside

Colorado Springs, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Tre' Coggins tallied 17 points and three steals to lift the Air Force Falcons to a 62-52 victory over the UC Riverside Highlanders in a non-conference tilt at Clune Arena.

Max Yon added 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Air Force (6-4). Justin Hammonds grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to help the Falcons pick up their third consecutive win.

Taylor Johns recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for UC Riverside (3-5), but he was also guilty of six of the team's 20 turnovers.

Both sides struggled offensively in the first half. Air Force shot just 30 percent from the floor while the Highlanders connected on only 36 percent of their field goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes of action. The Falcons outscored UC Riverside, 8-2, in second chance points to take a narrow, 26-23, lead into the intermission.

Despite shooting 42.9 percent from the field and converting 9-of-12 attempts at the free-throw line after the break, UC Riverside trailed for the entire second half of the contest. Air Force was limited to 28.1 percent efficiency from the floor in the second period, but knocked down 14-of-19 at the charity stripe to extend its advantage.

The Falcons overcame their 6-of-27 clip from behind the 3-point line by winning the rebounding battle, 46-35.

Game Notes

Mountain West teams have edge in early bowl matchups

The Mountain West Conference has struggled in bowl games the last two years with a 6-7 record both straight up and against the spread. However, five of those 13 games were against Pac-12 teams.

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