Air Force cruises to 67-38 win over Dartmouth in Reynolds’ debut
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP)—Andrew Henke scored 15 points and Tim Anderson added 13 as the Air Force Falcons opened the Jeff Reynolds Era with a 67-38 win over Dartmouth on Friday night in the Air Force Classic.
The Falcons (1-0) will play Northern Colorado in the championship game Saturday night. The Bears beat VMI 104-97 earlier in the evening.
Dartmouth (0-1) will face VMI in the consolation contest.
Reynolds took over the Falcons program from Jeff Bzdelik, who left for the University of Colorado last spring. Reynolds had been an assistant coach at Air Force the last two seasons.
Dartmouth was led in scoring by DeVon Mosley with 10 points. Alex Barnett added eight and Robby Pride had six points on two 3-pointers.
Anwar Johnson finished with 11 and Keith Maren 10 for the Falcons.
Henke also contributed a career-high six rebounds.
Air Force ran its non-conference home win streak to 35 straight with the blowout victory. The Falcons haven’t been defeated by an out-of-conference foe at Clune Arena since a 64-44 loss to Tennessee Tech on Dec. 29, 2001.
The Big Green jumped out to an early 8-3 lead only to see the Falcons go on a 29-5 run to take command of the game. At one point, Dartmouth went more than eight minutes in the first half without scoring. Henke helped ignite the run by scoring eight straight points.
Air Force started the second half by hitting its first nine shots, running the lead to 55-19.
The Falcons are coming off a season in which they set a school record with 26 wins. The team advanced to the semifinals of the NIT, where they lost to Clemson at Madison Square Garden.
However, Air Force lost four starters off that team.
Dartmouth was picked last in the preseason Ivy League poll. The team is coming off a 9-18 season.
The Falcons are hosting a regular season men’s tournament for the first time at Clune Arena.