BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Boise State men's basketball team dropped its inaugural Mountain West Conference game, falling 74-59 at home to Air Force, Saturday. The Broncos fell to 10-6 on the season and 0-1 in league play, while the Falcons improved to 11-4 overall and 1-0 in the MW.
The loss ended Boise State's 15-game home winning streak, which was tied for the 11th-longest in the country. It was also the longest home winning streak since the team won 19-straight, spanning the final game of the 1996-97 season through the first five games of 1998-99.
Mike Fitzgerald scored 16 points and Taylor Broekhuis had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Air Force. Todd Fletcher added 13 points and Taylor Stewart chipped in 12 for the Falcons, who won their fifth consecutive contest.
Jeff Elorriaga scored 12 points on four 3-pointers for Boise State, and Anthony Drmic (11) and Westly Perryman (10) also scored in double figures.
Air Force led 53-40 with 10:48 left after Kamryn Williams scored five points in 20 seconds on a 3-pointer and a fast-break layup. The Falcons' lead topped out at 63-48 with 6:25 to play.Boise State will continue its first run through the MW Tuesday, traveling to face Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (MT), and the game will be telvised nationally by The Mtn.