Air Force 59, Wyoming 40

The Air Force Falcons love play-in games. For the second

straight season, they won in the opening round of the Mountain West

Conference tournament, beating Wyoming 59-40 Wednesday.

Last year they snapped a 17-game losing streak with a win over

Colorado State in the tournament opener. This time they snapped a

nine-game skid.

They also beat Wyoming on Jan. 30, which ended a league-record

22-game regular-season conference losing streak.

The ninth-seeded Falcons (10-20) will face top-seeded and

eighth-ranked New Mexico (28-3) on Thursday.

Air Force, which built a 32-21 halftime lead and never trailed

in the second half, was led by Grant Parker’s 15 points and Michael

Lyons’ 11.

The eighth-seeded Cowboys (10-21), who got 18 points from Desmar

Jackson and 12 from Adam Waddell, cut their deficit to 47-40 on

Waddell’s basket with 5 1/2 minutes left. But the Falcons responded

with a bucket by Parker and a three-point play by Todd Fletcher

that ignited a 12-0 run to end it.