SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 14: Chase Tapley #22 and Xavier Thames #2 of the San Diego State Aztecs watch the scoreboard review of the final play of the game which left .3 seconds on the clock of the second half during the game against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels at Viejas Arena on January 14, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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The Falcons entered the game hoping for an upset, but the Aztecs' defense proved too stingy as the Falcons fell 44-57. Despite keeping the game relatively close, the Air Force basketball team led only 41 seconds, falling behind 1-2 when the Aztecs landed their first points in the first half.
G Jamaal Franklin (14 pts, 10 reb), G Chase Tapley (16 pts, 3 reb) and F Tim Shelton (6 pts, 6 reb) kept the Falcons off-balanced both on offense and defense. Not only did the Aztecs offense muster a .450 field goal percentage to the Falcons' .347, but they also snatched 31 rebounds to the Falcons' 23.
The trio of G/F Mike Fitzgerald (14 pts, 3 reb), C Taylor Broekhuis (16 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast) and G Michael Lyons (4 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast) led the Falcons' side of the game, but the team's inability to snatch rebounds -- and it's putrid 1 for 18 on three-point attempts -- sealed their fate.
The Air Force Falcons basketball team will be back in action on Wednesday, visiting the TCU Horned Frogs at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.