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Air Force shoots down Nevada in Pack's MWC debut
by Tribune Staff
Jan 09, 2013 | 1529 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Air Force Falcons knocked down 10-of-17 shots from 3-point land to key a 78-65 win over Nevada Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both schools.

Air Force shooters were stellar from the field. In the end, the Falcons made good on 24-of-46 (52 percent) of their total field goal attempts. Additionally, Air Force also buried 20-23 (87 percent) free throws in the conference clash.

Air Force senior forward Mike Fitzgerald was unstoppable. He connected on 4-of-5 3-point shots and finished 9-of-10 from the floor, pouring in a career-high 30 points. His senior teammate, Todd Fletcher was nearly as hot, burying 4-of-6 from long range and chipping in 18 points to the winning cause. Taylor Broekhuis added 10 for Air Force.

Nevada point guard Deonte Burton canned 4-7 3-point tries and had 21 points to lead the Wolf Pack but he didn't get nearly as much help. Nevada's second-leading scorer, Malik Story, wound up with only three points on the night and made good on just 1-7 shooting. Devonte Elliott did add 12 points for the visiting Wolf Pack.

The hot hand of Air Force (9-4, 1-0 MWC) was really the difference. Both teams pulled down 25 rebounds and the turnover margin was close with Nevada having one more giveaway, 15-14.

The Wolf Pack got off to a solid start, leading 33-30 at the break. That was erased as Air Force outscored its guests 48-32 in the second 20 minutes of action.

Nevada (9-6, 0-1) returns to the court for its MWC home debut Saturday. It will host Wyoming (13-1, 0-1) at 3 p.m.

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