Air Force 87, Army 71

Michael Lyons had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead Air Force

to an 87-71 victory over Army in the first round of the

All-Military Classic on Friday night.

The Falcons trailed 59-58 with 9:22 remaining but used a 17-3

run to pull away. The teams combined for 54 fouls and 47 turnovers

in the season opener for both squads.

Air Force’s Taylor Stewart had career highs with 16 points and

seven assists. Todd Fletcher added 14 points and a career-best

seven assists, and Mike Fitzgerald tied his career high with 13

first-half points.

Ella Ellis led Army (0-1) with 17 points, with Julian Simmons

adding 16 and Mo Williams 15.

The first half was sloppy, with the teams combining for more

turnovers (27) than field goals (24). Fitzgerald used 5-for-5

shooting in the half to lead all scorers, but Army led 35-32 at the

break.