Air Force Advances To Championship Game Of The Gossner Foods Classic
Dec. 29, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Behind a season-high 29 points from senior forward Jarvis Croff, the Air Force Falcons defeated Cornell in the opening round of the seventh annual Gossner Foods Classic 63-51 to advance to the championship game against the winner of the Albany and Utah State contest. The Falcons improved to 4-7 on the year with the win, while the Big Red dropped to 2-7 with the loss.
After opening the game with a 14-7 lead in the first six minutes, Air Force went cold from the field and were outscored 23-8 over the final 14 minutes of the half as the Big Red took a 30-22 lead into the half.
The Falcons chipped away at the Cornell lead and eventually tied the game at 33 apiece with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. The game remained within three points over the next seven minutes before Air Force closed the game with a 12-2 run.
Along with Croff's 29 points, who was seven-of-10 from three-point range, freshman forward Joel Gerlach added 13 points for Air Force on five-of-five shooting from the field. Cornell was led by senior forward Ray Mercedes' 17 points and seven rebounds.
For the game, Air Force shot 51.3 percent from the floor and 57.1 percent in the second half, while Cornell shot just 36.6 percent in the contest and 29.4 percent in the second half. The Falcons were also 11-of-26 (.423) from three-point range just missing tying the tournament record for three's made in a game which was 12 set by Radford in 1997.