AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Lucas Siewert's 17 points led four players in double digits and the Colorado Buffaloes snapped a six-game skid in true road games by whipping Air Force 93-56 Saturday night.
It was the ninth straight win for the Buffaloes (3-1) over the Falcons (2-4), who fell behind 17-4 in the opening minutes and never really recovered in losing for the 25th time in the 28-game series with Colorado.
Eleven Buffaloes scored, and D'Shawn Schwartz, a sophomore forward who played at nearby Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, provided a second-half spark and 11 points as the Buffs pulled away.
Siewert sank a pair of 3-pointers when the Buffs hit seven of nine from long range in building a 25-9 lead, and his steal-and-dunk capped a 14-1 second-half run that made it 55-29.
Namon Wright added 13 points for Colorado.
A.J. Walker's 13 points led Air Force, which didn't reach double digits until Lavelle Scottie's layup 12 minutes into the game, started working the ball inside after going 0 for 6 from the arc and finally found some success. They went on an 8-0 run to pull within 33-26 before the Buffs counterpunched to take a 36-26 lead into the locker room.
The game was out of hand by the time Ryan Swan sank the Falcons' first 3-pointer, making it 57-34.
Colorado: Coming off a 1-1 road swing through San Diego and the Academy, the Buffaloes get some home cooking for the next few weeks with four games at the CU Events Center before they visit New Mexico on Dec. 11.
Air Force: The Falcons, who were coming off a 1-2 trip to the Bimini Jam in the Bahamas, still have some time to work out the kinks before beginning Mountain West play in January. The Falcons have played several close games but let this one get away early.
Colorado returns to Boulder for its next four games beginning with Portland on Wednesday night before rival Colorado State visits on Dec. 1.
Air Force tries to get back on the winning track Wednesday night when the Falcons host Missouri State before a December slate that includes home games against the University of Denver and Army and a road game at Michigan.
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