Colorado handles Air Force 81-70

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) Josh Scott scored 21 points and Josh Fortune added a season-high 18 as Colorado beat Air Force 81-70 on Wednesday night.

George King added 16 points for Colorado (4-1), which leads the series with Air Force 22-3, including winning the last six in a row.

Zach Moer had 13 points to lead Air Force (3-2). Zach Kocur added 12 points and Hayden Graham had 11.

Up by 16 at the break, Colorado opened the second half the same way it closed the first half, on a tear.

Fortune, George King and Thomas Akyazili all connected from beyond the arc during a 17-7 surge that carried the Buffaloes to a 63-37 lead with just over 15 minutes left to play.

Colorado had the game well in hand with 12:25 left to play when forward Tory Miller was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul after tussling on the floor with Air Force's Graham for a loose ball.

The Buffaloes maintained a double digit lead the rest of the way.

After Kyle Broekhuis drained a 3-pointer to pull Air Force within five points, Colorado outscored the Falcons 15-3 over the last 5:21 of the first half to take a 46-30 lead.

Fortune hit two 3-pointers, Brett Brady added another and Scott had a slam during the stretch.


Air Force: Sophomore F Ryan Manning left the game late in the first half with an apparent right knee injury. He did not return. … The Falcons are still looking for their first road win. They are 0-2 away from home.

Colorado: Josh Scott had seven rebounds and boosted his career total to 736, moving ahead of Vince Kelley (730) for sixth on Colorado's all-time list.


Air Force: Hosts New Mexico State on Saturday.

Colorado: Hosts Northern Colorado on Sunday.