Anderson, Henke lead Air Force past Northern Colorado 71-62

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP)—Tim Anderson scored 26 points and Andrew Henke added 14 to lead Air Force past Northern Colorado 71-62 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Air Force Classic.

At one point midway through the first half Henke scored 10 straight Air Force points. He and Anderson combined to shoot 8-for-18 from 3-point range.

Trailing by as many as 15 points in the second half, the Bears cut the deficit to seven with 3 minutes left. Evan Washington hit a 3-pointer to restore the lead to 10 with time running out on the shot clock and the Falcons slowed down the offense to preserve the win.

The Falcons shot 10-for-26 from beyond the arc as a team.

Air Force (2-0) jumped on Northern Colorado early, building a lead as big as 15 points in the first half.

Northern Colorado couldn’t capitalize on an Air Force dry spell early in the second half. The Falcons were held scoreless for 5 minutes, 15 seconds, but the Bears could only trim a 14-point lead to 9, as they never found their touch from the field, shooting just 36 percent in the loss.

The Bears (1-1) were led by Will Figures, who came off the bench to score 19 points. Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos chipped in 11.

The victory extended Air Force’s non-conference home winning streak to 36 games. The Falcons haven’t been beaten at Clune Arena by a non-conference opponent since a 64-44 loss to Tennessee Tech on Dec. 29, 2001.

First-year Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds led the Falcons to the inaugural tournament title. Reynolds was an assistant for two years under former Air Force coach Jeff Bzdelik. Bzdelik left in the spring to take over at Colorado.

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 Northern Colorado
W. Figures W. Figures
6-13,  19 Pts
7 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Air Force
T. Anderson T. Anderson
7-13,  26 Pts
3 Rebs, 3 Assists

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