Basketball: Air Force tops Western State, 73-49

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Andrew Henke scored 15 points and Keith Maren added a career-high 14 points Nov. 14 to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy men's basketball team to a 73-49 victory over Western State College at Clune Arena here. 

The Falcons improved to 3-0 for the second consecutive season and won its 37th consecutive home game against nonconference opponents. 

Due to Division II rules, the game was considered an exhibition for Western State.

The Falcons jumped out to an early 25-9 lead, sparked by a pair of three-pointers by Henke, who was 6-for-8 from the field in tying his season-high for points. Western State, behind two 3-pointers by Steve Pennetti and one by Carleton Goggins, cut the lead to 25-18, but the Air Force went on a 16-8 run, including five points by Maren, to end the half and take a 41-26 advantage at halftime. Maren scored nine of his 14 points in the first half.

Pennetti led the Mountaineers with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. His eight 3-pointers was one shy of the Clune Arena record of nine. Pennetti also added five rebounds. Steven Hudson had nine points, five assists and four steals for Western State. 

The Falcons pulled away in the second half and never trailed by less than 16 points. Freshman Evan Washington scored a career-high nine points and Anwar Johnson tallied eight points and five rebounds. Tim Anderson, who averaged 19.5 points per game in his first two games, had only four points, but chipped in with five assists and four steals.

The Falcons host Radford University at 7 p.m. Nov. 19.

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