It was a good opening weekend for the region's schools.
On Friday night, the Falcons defeated Army 87-71, though they trailed as late as the midway point of the second half. They used a big 17-3 run that began with 9:22 remaining in the game to put away the visiting Black Knights. Michael Lyons led Air Force with 24 points.
On Saturday, Air Force dispatched VMI, 75-65, in the All-Military Classic championship game. Lyons again led the way for the Falcons.
The Colorado Buffaloes kicked off their season on Friday night against Fort Lewis, and the Buffs won going away, 85-57. Austin Dufault scored 18 points on 8-10 shooting, while Andre Roberson grabbed 15 rebounds against the over-matched Skyhawks.
Colorado State also opened up the season on Friday, though they had to do a little more sweating than the Buffs or Falcons. The edged a competitive Montana Grizzlies team, 63-58. Montana pulled to within three with about a minute remaining, but the Rams were able to close things out.