Anne M. Peterson, Ap Sports Writer Published 5:24 pm PDT, Saturday, March 23, 2019 CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Mikayla Pivec had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the fourth-seeded Oregon State Beavers withstood a major scare from No. 13 Boise State for an 80-75 overtime victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night. Aleah Goodman added 20 points for the Beavers (25-7), who advance to face fifth-seeded Gonzaga (29-4) on Monday. The Bulldogs defeated No. 12 Little Rock in the early game, 68-51. Marta Hermida had 22 points for the Broncos (21-12), vying to become the first No. 13 seed to beat a No. 4 since Marist topped Georgia in 2012. Destiny Slocom's layup gave the Beavers a 72-68 advantage in overtime and put the home crowd at Gill Coliseum on its feet. Slocom added another layup before Rachel Bowers' jumper for the Broncos cut the deficit to 74-70. Bowers made free throws to get Boise State within two but then missed a pair with 33 seconds left. … [Read more...] about Oregon State survives in OT over Boise State 80-75.
Mission accomplished for Air Force, but not because of anything that happened at Boise State on Saturday.The Falcons clinched the No. 6 seed in the Mountain West Tournament despite being blasted by the Broncos 80-52 in an ugly close to the regular season."I think we were an overconfident bunch," coach Dave Pilipovich said.Pilipovich listed “moving into the next tier in the conference” as his goal entering this season, and finishing in the middle of the 11-team pack certainly qualifies as moving up for a program that has been ninth or 10th each of the past five seasons.The sixth seed matches Air Force's best spot in the conference tournament since 2007-08. But because the Mountain West has fluctuated in size over the years, perhaps it is most telling to note that this is the first time since 2006-07 that the Falcons have finished ahead of five teams in the conference standings.Losses from Colorado State and New Mexico assured the Falcons (13-17, 8-10 Mountain West) would get … [Read more...] about Air Force clinches No. 6 seed in Mountain West Tournament despite blowout loss at Boise State
One game, three possible outcomes.Air Force closes the regular season Saturday at Boise State with the possibility of finishing No. 6, 7 or 8 in the Mountain West and taking that seed into the conference tournament next week.Coach Dave Pilipovich has said for several weeks that the Falcons are playing for seeding. Now, that is literally the case.“It’s exciting for a lot of people, including us,” said Pilipovich, who sees the best possible seeding for his team as a way to enhance its chances to make a deep run and catapult his team – which will return all five starters — into next season.With a victory, the Falcons (13-16, 8-9 Mountain West) would clinch the sixth seed.With a loss, Air Force’s fate goes into the hands of Colorado State (which hosts UNLV) and New Mexico (which is at Wyoming).If the Rams or Lobos win, the Falcons would fall to the No. 7 seed. If those teams both win, Air Force would be the No. 8 seed.Those teams are currently a game … [Read more...] about Air Force travels to finale at Boise State with with conference seeding up in the air
Air Force will take rests early and late in the 2019 season.The framework of the 2019 Mountain West schedule was released on Monday. The league is extending its schedule over 14 weekends instead of the usual 13, giving teams an additional week off.For the Falcons, those off weeks come in the second week of the season (Sept. 7) and in the second-to-last week (Nov. 23).After its opening game against FCS Colgate and the early bye, Air Force hits a challenging September stretch with consecutive road games at Colorado and Boise State.The remaining home opponents will be San Jose State (Sept. 28), Fresno State (Oct. 12), Utah State (Oct. 26), Army (Nov. 2) and the regular-season finale against Wyoming (Nov. 30).The Falcons visit Hawaii on Oct. 19. By rule, teams visiting Hawaii have the option of adding a 13th game to the schedule, but Air Force has passed on that option as it has done in the past.The schedule will now be passed along to television networks, which can claim matchups and … [Read more...] about Air Force football will face early trips to Colorado, Boise State as 2019 schedule is released
Air Force had showed it could score and it showed it could defend.On Tuesday, it showed it had a leader.Lavelle Scottie hit back-to-back 3s when the Falcons had sunk to 13 points behind Boise State, and that ignited a change that resulted in a 74-60 victory.“We needed a kick-start or something,” said Scottie, who scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and provided perhaps the highlight of the year with a block of David Wacker’s dunk attempt. “You saw how we came out, we came out all sluggish and nonchalant — that’s not us. That was able to kick-start us to play like we usually play.”Yes, this is how Air Force usually plays. Suddenly.The Falcons have now beaten San Diego State, UNLV and Boise State — teams perennially in the hunt for Mountain West titles — in consecutive home games, each by double figures. Sandwiched in there was a loss at now-No. 7 Nevada in which the Falcons led into the second half.“It feels … [Read more...] about Lavelle Scottie, Air Force romp past Boise State to continue hot home streak