US AIR FORCE ACADEMY - The Johnson & Wales University men's basketball team came out firing from behind the 3-point line during their exhibition Tuesday night against Division I foe Air Force.
The visiting Wildcats made 5 of their first 6 attempts from 3, giving the Falcons an early scare as JWU Denver trailed by just two points, 21-19, midway through the first half following a three-ball by freshman Andray Thomas Jr.
The fouls quickly piled up for JWU, allowing Air Force to pull away in the final seven minutes of the first half, eventually posting a 99-42 victory at Clune Arena.
Thomas led the Wildcats with 14 points, thanks to a 4-for-8 performance from distance. Freshman Brandon Romero went 3-for-4 from 3 to finish with nine points while sophomore Charles Young chipped in five points.
Carter Murphy scored 14 points to help the Falcons get to .500 at 6-6. Air Force finished with a 43-23 edge on the glass and out-scored JWU 26-0 in points off turnovers.
The Wildcats return to SCAC conference play Friday against Texas Lutheran (5:30 p.m., Wildcat Center).