Webb leads Boise State to 67-42 win over Air Force
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — James Webb III had 17 points and matched a season high with 15 rebounds to lead Boise State to an easy 67-42 victory over Air Force on Wednesday night.
Derrick Marks added 13 points as the Broncos (18-6, 8-3 MW) set a school record with their eighth consecutive victory. Rob Heyer contributed 12 points for Boise State, which hasn’t lost since Jan. 10 against Wyoming.
Matt Mooney scored 12 points to lead Air Force (11-13, 4-9), which lost for the seventh time in 10 games. Zach Kocur added nine points for the Falcons, who were 4-of-16 from 3-point range and 4-of-14 from the free-throw line.
Air Force’s point total is its lowest of the season.
Boise State’s lead reached 10 before the game was 12 minutes old and the Broncos were never seriously threatened. Boise State led 25-14 at halftime and expanded the lead to 20 five-plus minutes into the second half.
Boise State put forth the strong effort despite the absence of starting guard Mikey Thompson and backup guard Montigo Alford, both suspended for a violation of team rules. Air Force was also without a key player as forward Justin Hammonds missed his second straight contest due to a knee injury.
The Broncos held their 11-point advantage at halftime and quickly went to work growing the lead. Marks scored the first five points and Webb followed with two free throws to make it 32-14 just 90 seconds into the second half. Chandler Hutchison and Webb each hit 3-point baskets and Webb’s tip-in and Heyer’s two free throws pushed Boise State’s lead to 20 for the first time with 14:44 to play.
A 3-point basket by Heyer made it 50-26 with 11 minutes remaining and Nick Duncan scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer, to give the Broncos a 28-point lead with 6:50 remaining.
Air Force went more than four minutes without a point early in the contest as Boise State rattled off nine straight points to take a 16-6 lead on David Wacker’s inside hoop. Kocur drained a 3-pointer and Trevor Lyons added a bucket to bring the Falcons within 19-14 with 5:08 to go in the half.
Boise State scored the final six points of the half for a 25-14 lead at the break - the point total representing Air Force’s lowest-scoring first half of the season.
Webb, who had 10 first-half rebounds, departed with 1:19 remaining holding his left shoulder but returned at the start of the second half.