Falcons Can't Hold Off TCU, Fall 65-62
Feb. 22, 2012
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP)- Statistically, Texas Christian is one of the worst rebounding teams in the Mountain West Conference.
You'd never be able to convince Air Force of that after Wednesday night.
The Horned Frogs overcame a poor shooting performance by pulling down 22 offensive rebounds to complete a 65-62 come-from-behind win over the Falcons at Clune Arena. Those offensive boards led to 25 second-chance points for TCU (16-11, 6-5 Mountain West), which has won three of four.
Amric Fields took a pass from Connell Crossland, squared his feet and hit a long 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to give the Horned Frogs a 63-62 lead they would not relinquish. Fields' basket came after Crossland grabbed the Horned Frogs' 44th rebound of the night.
Taylor Broekhuis'game-tying 3-point attempt missed high on the glass as time expired.
"This is the first game winner of my career, actually - from high school, middle school and everything," Fields said. "It was a broken play, but Connell (Crossland) found me in the corner and thank God it went in. Offensive rebounds were the only reason we were still in the game, and we just kept saying to each other `keep fighting.'"
Michael Lyonsgave the Falcons (13-12, 3-8) a 62-60 lead with 57 seconds remaining on a turnaround jumper, and Air Force blocked two TCU shots before Fields' heroics.
Air Force had ample opportunities to take the lead in the final seconds, but Lyons and Justin Hammondscould not connect, and the Falcons were forced to foul. J.R. Cadot, who led the Horned Frogs with 16 points and 13 rebounds, hit a pair of free throws with 3.3 seconds left to put TCU up by three.
"To get a road win against Air Force after they just beat San Diego State is great," Cadot said. "We knew that we were a better rebounding team than them size-wise, and we just wanted to take advantage of it. I felt like that was the key that helped us win. We did not do a great job on defense, but we did in rebounding, and the result showed it."
TCU finished with a 44-26 rebounding advantage and took 17 more shots than Air Force. The Horned Frogs earned their first conference road victory of the season despite hitting just 37.1 percent of their shots, far from the Falcons' 51.1-percent mark.
"You've got to find a way, and we found a way to get it," TCU coach Jim Christian said. "That's a big-time shot by Amric (Fields). I'm proud of their resiliency, and that's how they've been all year long."
TCU lost a double-overtime heartbreaker at Colorado State on Jan. 14 and fell 65-64 at Boise State on Saturday, otherwise it would be tied atop the conference standings against its next opponent, New Mexico .
"We're 30 seconds away from playing for first," Christian said. "We had a lead with five seconds to go, and we had a lead with one minute to go with the other two (conference) road opportunities we had, so we know where we are and just have to keep playing. We're obviously playing a great New Mexico team on Saturday, but we have to just keep moving forward."
Freshman guard Kyan Anderson added 13 points for the Horned Frogs, with Fields finishing with 10. TCU's leading scorer Hank Thorns (13.4 ppg) scored just three points on 1-of-10 shooting before fouling out with 1:23 remaining.
The loss spoiled Hammonds ' career-high 17 points, and Broekhuis finished with 15 points and a career-high six blocks. Mike Fitzgeraldchipped in 13 for Air Force.
The Falcons led by as many as 10 in the second half, 48-38 with 12:56 remaining, and held an eight-point advantage with 7:56 left.
"To have a 10-point lead and lose by three is a tough loss," Fitzgerald said. "With three minutes to go, that's when it all came unraveled. Offensive rebounds were a key, and we can't let teams do that."
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Air Force, which knocked off 13th-ranked San Diego State at home on Saturday.
"Every time they came down and missed a shot, they got an offensive rebound," Air Force coach Dave Pilipovichsaid. "We were up two and block two shots, but the possession stayed with them. If we blocked those shots and maybe get the ball, maybe they foul and you can hit some free throws. Then maybe the game is different there at the end."
TCU led by as many as nine points midway through the first half, but Air Force charged back with a 13-0 run to take a seven-point lead. The Falcons led 32-29 at halftime despite allowing eight Horned Frogs offensive rebounds.
- Men's Sports
- Women's Sports
Thursday, Sept 29 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Women's Volleyball vs Nevada 5:00 PM Livestats Watch Live Friday, Sept 30 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Soccer at Houston Baptist 7:00 PM Women's Soccer vs Utah State 6:00 PM Watch Live Livestats Cross Country at Notre Dame Invitational 2:00 PM Men's Water Polo vs UC San Diego 7:30 PM Watch Live Women's Tennis vs Air Force Invitational All Day Saturday, Oct 1 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Football vs Navy 1:30 PM Listen Live Women's Swimming vs Blue/Silver 9:00 AM Men's Swimming vs Blue/Silver Scrimmage 9:00 AM Cross Country at Rocky Mountain Shootout 9:00 AM Women's Volleyball vs San Diego State 7:00 PM Livestats Watch Live Women's Tennis vs ITA Riviera All-American All Day Women's Tennis vs Air Force Invitational All Day Sunday, Oct 2 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Soccer at Incarnate Word 1:00 PM Women's Soccer vs Boise State 12:00 PM Watch Live Livestats Women's Tennis vs Air Force Invitational All Day Women's Tennis at ITA Riviera All-American All Day Monday, Oct 3 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Ice Hockey vs Mount Royal University 6:05 PM Women's Tennis at ITA Riviera All-American All Day Tuesday, Oct 4 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Women's Volleyball vs Boise State 6:00 PM Livestats Watch Live Women's Tennis vs ITA Riviera All-American All Day Wednesday, Oct 5 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Women's Tennis vs ITA Riviera All-American All Day Thursday, Oct 6 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Women's Volleyball vs Utah State 6:00 PM Livestats Watch Live Women's Tennis vs ITA Riviera All-American All Day Friday, Oct 7 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Women's Soccer at Wyoming 3:00 PM Watch
Watch Live Livestats
Fencing vs Div. I/II NAC 8:00 AM Men's Water Polo at Loyola Marymount 3:00 PM Boxing vs Friday Night Fights 4:30 PM Men's Ice Hockey vs Boston College 4:35 PM Men's Swimming at Colorado Mesa Invitational 5:00 PM Women's Swimming at Colorado Mesa Invite 5:00 PM Women's Tennis vs SMU Invitational All Day Men's Tennis at New Mexico Invitational All Day Men's Tennis at Boise State Invitational All Day Saturday, Oct 8 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Football at Wyoming 1:30 PM Listen Live Men's Soccer at Grand Canyon 7:00 PM Fencing vs Div. I/II NAC 8:00 AM Rifle at Alaska 8:00 AM Live Stats Cross Country at Fort Hays State Tiger Open 8:40 AM Women's Swimming at Colorado Mesa Invite 11:00 AM Men's Swimming at Colorado Mesa Invitational 11:00 AM Men's Water Polo vs Pomona-Pitzer 11:30 AM Men's Water Polo vs Redlands 5:20 PM Men's Tennis at Boise State Invitational All Day Men's Ice Hockey vs Ohio State/Denver TBA Men's Tennis at New Mexico Invitational All Day Sunday, Oct 9 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Women's Soccer at Colorado State 1:00 PM Watch Live Livestats Fencing vs Div. I/II NAC 8:00 AM Men's Water Polo at Pepperdine 12:00 PM Men's Tennis at New Mexico Invitational All Day Men's Tennis at Boise State Invitational All Day Monday, Oct 10 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Rifle vs TCU 8:00 AM Live Stats Fencing vs Div. I/II NAC 8:00 AM Men's Golf at Paintbrush Invitational 8:00 AM Tuesday, Oct 11 Sport Opp/Event Time Media Men's Golf at Paintbrush Invitational 8:00 AM
- About Us
- Contact Us
- From the Director
- Mission Statement
- Staff Directory
- General Releases
- USAFA Home
- Cadet Service Page
- Team Service Page
- Facility Policy/Hours
- Facility Use Scheduling
- Hall of Fame
- Hall of Excellence
- Ice Rink Schedules
- Intramural Sports
- Physical Education
- Sports Camps
- Sports Medicine
- Falcon Fuel
- Stadium Rental
- Event Information
- Athletic Complex Map
- Fan Guide
- Football Gameday
- Handicap Parking Info
- Tailgate Info - Fans
- Venue Entry Policies
- Spirit Teams
- Anthem Singers
- Bands at Basketball
- Basketball Ball Kid
- Birthday Parties
- Dining Club
- Donation Requests
- Fan Engagement
- IMG College
- Kid Force
- Lodging Club
- Lodging Partners
- Wheel Club
- PRIDE CLUB