RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Michael Lyons scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and Air Force shot 52 percent from the field in the second half to beat UC Riverside 61-53 on Saturday afternoon.
The Falcons led 30-28 at halftime but it was quickly tied at 30 after a Josh Fox dunk for UC Riverside just seconds into the second half. The Falcons responded with a 10-0 run capped off by a Lyons jumper with 15:34 to go, giving Air Force all the momentum it would need to cruise the rest of the way.
UC Riverside (3-9) shot just 36 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers. Chris Patton scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Highlanders. Robert Smith chipped in with 11 points.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, says he is returning for another year.
Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Badgers for his senior season.