Air Force Tops UC Davis, 69-57

Mark Payne scored 14 points to go along with six steals, four assists and three rebounds. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Mark Payne scored 14 points to go along with six steals, four assists and three rebounds. (Photo by Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Dec. 22, 2009

Final Stats

USAFA, Colo. - UC Davis was defeated by Air Force, 69-57, Tuesday night in a non-conference men's basketball game at the Air Force Academy. Tom Fow scored a career-high 30 points to pace the Falcons while Mark Payne and Dominic Calegari each scored 14 to lead the Aggies. Joe Harden posted his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Falcons used a late 7-0 run to fight off an Aggie rally.

Air Force (6-4) led 10-4 through the first seven minutes of the game before UC Davis (3-8) put together a 15-2 run to take a 19-12 lead. It featured three-pointers by Payne, Calegari and Ryan Silva. Silva returned to action for the first time since Nov. 15 and finished with three treys and nine points.

The Falcons responded with a 9-0 run and took back the lead at 21-19. The lead would change hands three more times before Air Force finished the half with a 29-27 advantage.

Air Force opened up a 34-29 lead early in the second half, but UC Davis countered with an 8-0 run. A jumper by Calegari gave the Aggies a 37-34 lead at the 15:41 mark. The Falcons eventually tied the game at 39-39 and took the lead for good on a three-point play by Fow with 12:35 remaining to make it 42-41.

The lead grew to 52-43 with under eight minutes to play. A minute later, a Silva trey at the 5:49 mark made it 52-46. The Aggies pulled to within three after a Harden layup made it 54-51 with 4:43 remaining. That's as close as UC Davis would get as Air Force used a 7-0 run to extend its lead to 61-51 with 2:05 left.

Air Force used a stingy defense to hold UC Davis to just 40 percent shooting. On the other end, the Falcons shot 54 percent for the night. That included an 8-for-16 effort from beyond the arc. Fow connected for six three-pointers, including five in the first half.

 

 

UC Davis is next in action Dec. 30 when it hosts Whittier College at The Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.