LARAMIE - After a sluggish first half defensively, Wyoming turned up the heat in the final minutes to stop Air Force 72-59 on Tuesday.
The Cowboys (14-6 overall, 3-3 Mountain West) scored nine straight points midway through the second half for some separation, and then closed strong on the free-throw line for the double-digit win.
The loss was the seventh straight for Air Force (9-10, 0-6).
"We really made some plays coming down the stretch. I thought guys stepped up," Wyoming coach Heath Schroyer said.
Air Force led 32-31 at halftime and trailed only 45-43 with 10:50 to play. But the Cowboys stopped the Falcons on six straight possessions to regain momentum.
"The first half we played lazy, I kind of felt like," Wyoming guard Sean Ogirri said. "In the second half, we started denying. We made them put the ball on the floor, and that really helped us."
Leading by seven, the Cowboys closed on a 16-10 run.
"Tonight, I thought we played 31 minutes of really good basketball, and it was the last nine minutes that really took the toll on us," Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds said.
Tyson Johnson scored 18 points and Brandon Ewing finished with 17 for Wyoming, which is 10-0 at home this season. Afam Muojeke and Ogirri added 16 and 14 points respectively for the Cowboys.
"Wyoming had four players averaging double figures, and all four of those guys got double figures tonight," Reynolds said. "They are going to win a lot of games if you aren't going to defend them."
Andrew Henke led Air Force with 18 points, while Anwar Johnson added 10.
The Cowboys were 26-of-35 from the free-throw line in the game. Wyoming is No. 1 in the nation in made free throws and second in free throws attempted. Johnson was 10-of-10 and Ewing 11-of-14 from the line.
"It's such a huge thing in what we try to do," Schroyer said of free-throw shooting. "We talk about it every day in practice, and we emphasize getting to the free-throw line. I thought we did a nice job of not settling in the second half and attacking the basket."
The Falcons were just 5-of-9 from the line.