Air Force hung with the 12th-ranked Lobos for the entire game, and both teams went into halftime tied 47-47. In the second half, neither team held a lead larger than four points until the six-minute mark. New Mexico appeared to put the game away then, holding a 80-73 lead, but the Falcons came storming back. Michael Lyons was the big hero for Air Force, scoring 11 points in the final six minutes. After a series of free throws, Todd Fletcher hit a three-pointer with three seconds left to seal the victory for the Falcons.
Lyons had a memorable performance, and finished with 30 points, four rebounds and five assists. Fletcher scored 21 points, in addition to the game-winning shot.
No defense was allowed in this game, as Air Force made 56.4 percent of its field goals, with New Mexico scoring at a 58.6 percent clip. There were also a combined 30 three-pointers.
Despite the loss, New Mexico is still in good position for a high seed in the NCAA tournament. Air Force probably isn't going dancing, but this game proves that they shouldn't be taken lightly in the MWC tourney.