Air Force rallies to beat Utah State 75-65

Air Force guard CJ Siples, front, is fouled as he drives to the rim by Utah State guard Sam Merrill in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Air Force Academy, Colo. Air Force won 75-65. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Lavelle Scottie had 18 points, Sid Tomes and Trevor Lyons added 14 each, and Air Force beat Utah State 75-65 on Saturday.

Air Force pulled away in the final 3 1/2 minutes with a 7-0 run that made it 69-61 and then hit all four of its free throws plus Scottie’s layup to end a three-game skid.

The Falcons (11-16, 5-10 Mountain West) trailed by as many as 15 in the first half and went into the break with a 45-32 deficit.

Air Force started the second half with a 14-2 run to get within one and overtook the Aggies (14-15, 7-9) at 55-53 shortly after the midway point of the second half.

Koby McEwen had 13 points and Dwayne Brown Jr. scored 12 for Utah State. The Aggies outrebounded Air Force 41-29 but committed 17 turnovers, 11 in the second half.

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