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Northern Arizona defeats Air Force 60-52

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Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2009 10:43 pm | Updated: 2:35 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Shane Johannsen had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Northern Arizona to a 60-52 victory over Air Force on Saturday night.

Reid Wallace added 11 points off the bench and Cameron Jones had 10 for the Lumberjacks (4-6), who trailed 27-23 at the half but opened the second half on a 12-2 run to take the lead for good.

"They're a tough team to play when they have a lead, so you've got to get on top of them, and fortunately we were able to do that in the second half," Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras said. "In the second half, we were playing a little better up on our toes, and that translated on both ends of the court.

"We played aggressive defense, were more aggressive offensively and knocked down some open shots."

Johannsen led the rally, scoring 13 second-half points.

Tom Fow led the Falcons (5-4) with a career-high 15 points, and Evan Washington and Todd Fletcher each added 11.

Northern Arizona led by 13 with 3:49 remaining before Air Force closed the gap to 54-50 with 48 seconds remaining. The Lumberjacks hit six free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the win.

Air Force, which lost its second straight and for the third time in four games, connected on just 3-of-13 3-pointers and was 11 of 21 from the free-throw line.

The Falcons were without starters Grant Parker, out with a groin injury, and Sammy Schafer, who missed his sixth consecutive game due to the lingering effects of a concussion. Without them, the Falcons shot just 38.8 percent from the field.

"We couldn't get a shot to drop," Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds said. "We missed some open shots and took a couple of quick, forced shots. On the other end, they really stretched us, made some threes and got some confidence. We didn't play as well as we've been playing."

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