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Utah State drops conference opener against Air Force

Utah State forward Brandon Horvath and guard Brock Miller put pressure on Air Force guard Jake Heidbreder (3).
Utah State forward Brandon Horvath and guard Brock Miller put pressure on Air Force guard Jake Heidbreder (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette via AP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A.J. Walker scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half and Air Force narrowly beat Utah State 49-47 on Wednesday in a Mountain West Conference opener for both teams.

Jake Heidbreder had 14 points for Air Force (8-4). Nikc Jackson added 12 rebounds and five assists.

Justin Bean had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Aggies (9-5, 0-1). Brandon Horvath added 10 rebounds.