By Sara Trump
On the road again.
After a tough loss to Utah on Saturday, the Cougars head back out on the road to face Air Force tonight. This will be the middle of a three-game road trip.
The Cougars have yet to come home with a win on the road, but are hoping they can pick one up at Air Force.
“We just need to play with great intensity,” head coach Trent Shippen said. “Our practice was good today; the intensity level was up a couple notches.”
Even though Air Force is last in the conference with an 0-5 record, it lost its last game by a mere four points to Wyoming.
The Cougars know a let down is very possible against a team that is desperate for a win. They said they know it is very important to jump on the Falcons early and not let up.
“It”s important for us to get off to a good start,” Shippen said. “They (Air Force) are hard nosed, and will put up a fight.”
The Falcons top scorer, guard Morgan Bennett, is averaging 10.6 points a game along with 3.7 rebounds.
A strong point for the Falcons is their ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter.
“They can all shoot the three,” Shippen said. “We need to defend the perimeter and do a good job of rebounding.”
This will be only the fifth meeting between the two teams, with the Cougars holding a 4-0 edge.
Last year the Cougars took both games by an average margin of victory of 23 points.