Bulldogs NIT Hopes Bombed by Air Force

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) _ Jacob Burtschi scored 21 points
and Air Force won its school record 25th game, an 83-to-52 blowout
of Georgia in the second round of the N-I-T tonight.
The Falcons' (25-8) N-C-A-A bubble burst with four straight
losses to end the season. But they surpassed last year's win total
in surprisingly easy fashion against a more athletic Bulldogs team
that was bothered by both the altitude and Air Force's relentless
zone defense.
Air Force, the top seed in the West, advanced to the semifinals
Wednesday night against the DePaul-Kansas State winner at Clune
Arena, where the Falcons have won 56 of their last 58 games.
Burtschi added 10 rebounds and Dan Nwaelele scored 19 points for
the Falcons.
Terrance Woodbury's 16 points led the fourth-seeded Bulldogs
(19-14), whose quest for their first 20-win season since 2002
ended.
Burtschi had 13 points and seven boards by halftime as the
Falcons surged to a 43-to-24 lead, and he hit a 3-pointer to open
the second half after Matt McCraw's save and assist while falling
out of bounds.

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