Mountain West Basketball: Power rankings after first week of league games

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LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 11: Jaycee Hillsman

The first week of games in Mountain West basketball has been completed. Which team made a huge jump to the top spot and who fell?

That person was supposed to be senior Ryan Manning, who averaged double figures before league play started. However, in the first two games, he combined for just two points, including going scoreless in the New Mexico loss. As a team, the Falcons managed just 20 first-half points to the Lobos, who by no means are a defensive juggernaut.

In each game, only one Air Force player reached double figures, with Lavelle Scottie having 12 points against New Mexico and Ryan Swan-Ford with 13 versus Fresno State. The Falcons failed to reach the 60 point mark in either game, something that just won’t get it done.

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Air Force Falcons 6-8 (0-2)

Last week: 0-2
Last rank: 10th


After going through a non-conference slate that saw some promising developments with some of the players on the roster, the first two games of conference play all but wiped that away. There’s a reason why head coach Dave Philipovich plays about 20 guys: he’s simply looking for someone to take the lead on the offense.

That person was supposed to be senior Ryan Manning, who averaged double figures before league play started. However, in the first two games, he combined for just two points, including going scoreless in the New Mexico loss. As a team, the Falcons managed just 20 first-half points to the Lobos, who by no means are a defensive juggernaut.

In each game, only one Air Force player reached double figures, with Lavelle Scottie having 12 points against New Mexico and Ryan Swan-Ford with 13 versus Fresno State. The Falcons failed to reach the 60 point mark in either game, something that just won’t get it done.

Ryan Welage continues to be the main source of offense for the Spartans, averaging 19 ppg in the first two games of league play. He had 22 points in the loss to Utah State, but couldn’t prevent San Jose State from being down an insurmountable 16 points at the break. Jaycee Hillsman had a big game off the bench with 18 points, which equaled his previous four games combined.

The first half went a lot better for the Spartans against Colorado State at home, with an 11-point lead this time in a low scoring affair. However, between an offense that went completely flat combined with 23 turnovers allowed the Rams to come back for the 59-52 win. Welage had 16 along with Noah Baumann four three-pointers to lead the team.

 

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San Jose State Spartans 3-10 (0-2)

Last week: 0-2
Last rank: 11th


Ryan Welage continues to be the main source of offense for the Spartans, averaging 19 ppg in the first two games of league play. He had 22 points in the loss to Utah State, but couldn’t prevent San Jose State from being down an insurmountable 16 points at the break. Jaycee Hillsman had a big game off the bench with 18 points, which equaled his previous four games combined.

The first half went a lot better for the Spartans against Colorado State at home, with an 11-point lead this time in a low scoring affair. However, between an offense that went completely flat combined with 23 turnovers allowed the Rams to come back for the 59-52 win. Welage had 16 along with Noah Baumann four three-pointers to lead the team.

 

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