Air Force 77, Omaha 61
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Max Yon pumped in 21 points and Marek Olesinski added another 16 as Air Force cruised past Omaha 77-61 Monday night.
Air Force now has won back-to-back games after dropping two in a row on the road at Colorado (68-53) and at Texas Tech (63-62). The Falcons are undefeated (4-0) at home.
The Falcons (5-3) shot a crisp 54 percent from the field (27-50) and knocked down 9 of 25 shots from behind the arc. Yon was 6 of 10 from the floor and knocked down 3 of 6 attempts from distance. Olesinski was 7 of 11 from the field and 2 of 6 from three-point range.
Mike Rostampour scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds to lead Omaha (3-4). C.J. Carter and Tre'Shawn Thurman added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The two teams met for the fifth time, but the first since 1960.
Purdue 63, Fort Wayne 43
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue 7-foot junior A.J. Hammons and 7-2 freshman Isaac Haas showed their value Monday night in a 63-43 victory against in-state rival IPFW.
Haas drew the starting assignment, and the two big men combined for 23 points, 17 rebounds and six of the Boilermakers' 10 blocks.
Purdue dominated the first half, and then pulled away at the end.
Having been shocked on Saturday in a 73-70 home loss to North Florida, the Boilermakers (7-2) bounced back with a 35-19 halftime lead against the Mastodons (5-3) and finished the game with a 19-6 burst after IPFW crawled within seven.
Kendall Stephens and Hammons led Purdue with 13 points each, and Haas added 10, all in the first half.
IPFW finished only 16 of 56 from the field (28.6 percent), and Purdue outrebounded the Mastodons 42-36.
After leading by as many as 21 during the first half, Purdue allowed IPFW within 44-37 on Steve Forbes' dunk with 10:28 to play.
Dakota Mathias countered with a 3-pointer at 9:43, and Vince Edwards added a layup at 9:04 to push the Boilermakers to a more comfortable 49-37.
Stephens' 3-pointer with 3:07 left essentially iced it, giving Purdue a 58-41 cushion.
IPFW coach Jon Coffman liked his team's effort but certainly not it's execution against the 7-footers.
"In the first half, I felt like we missed an opportunity," Coffman said. "I don't think we gave Purdue the challenge that we are capable of doing. At the same time, I have had a poised team all year, and I was proud of their poise of not dropping their head.
"In the second half, we played with more of a mentality that is our brand. Purdue played a physical game and took us out of our rhythm. With those two weapons they have on the inside, it is tough to deal with them. They just put you in a difficult situation."
Purdue coach Matt Painter enjoyed watching his two centers alter shots and passes.
Purdue spotted the Mastodons a 3-0 lead, then countered with a 26-5 burst from the 17:49 mark through 8:03 when Stephens capped the run with a 3-pointer from the top of the arc.
IPFW started the game 3 of 22 from the field and finished the opening 20 minutes 7 of 31 (22.6 percent). Six of those missed shots were blocks by five different Boilermakers.
Using its superior size to the maximum, Purdue had 18 first-half points in the paint while IPFW had only four. The Boilermakers outrebounded the Mastodons 22-17 before intermission.