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Air Force beats San Jose State 87-56 in MWC tourney opener

Air Force's AJ Walker defends as San Jose State's Zach Chappell shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Mountain West Conference men's tournament Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Las Vegas.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 14, 2019

LAS VEGAS — Chris Joyce had a career-high 20 points as Air Force easily beat San Jose State 87-56 in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Wednesday.

Ryan Swan had 14 points and eight rebounds for Air Force (14-17). Lavelle Scottie added 10 points. A.J. Walker had seven assists for Air Force.
Air Force posted a season-high 25 assists.

The sixth-seeded Falcons advance to a Thursday quarterfinal matchup with No. 3 Fresno State. An Air Force victory would put them in the semfinals against the winner of No. 2 Utah State against No. 7 New Mexico.

Seneca Knight had 15 points for the Spartans (4-27). Noah Baumann added 14 points. Zach Chappell had 10 points.

Michael Steadman, who led the Spartans in scoring coming into the contest with 14 points per game, failed to make a shot from the floor (0 of 5).

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