Dec. 5, 2010
Michael Lyons scored a season-high 20 points and Taylor Broekhuis added a career-high 19 as Air Force defeated Evansville, 57-56, Sunday afternoon in the final game of the 2010 Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge at Clune Arena.
With the score tied at 56, Derek Brooks grabbed a rebound off a miss by Denver Holmes and threw it up court to a driving Lyons who was fouled with 3.1 seconds left attempting a layup. Lyons hit the first of two free throws to give the Falcons the lead. Kenny Harris missed a desperation three-point attempt while being heavily pressured by Brooks as time expired.
Air Force (5-1) finished the game hitting 47.7 percent from the field, including eight of 20 from three-point range. Broekhuis led the way hitting a career-best five of 10 attempts. He had made two three-pointers in his career before today's effort.
The Falcons held a 30-25 lead at halftime, but Evansville's Colt Ryan made a three-pointer right out of the gate to cut the lead to two, but back-to-back three-pointers by Broekhuis put the Falcons up 36-30 at the 18-minute mark. Later in the half, AFA's Tom Fow hit a three with 11:34 remaining to give Air Force its biggest second-half lead at 47-40, but the Aces rattled off seven straight points to tie the game at 47-all.
A 3-pointer by Kenny Harris gave Evansville (3-3) its first lead of the game at 51-49 with 7:23 left, but consecutive jumpers by Lyons gave the Falcons a 53-51 advantage and they would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. Pieter van Tongeran made two free throws to tie it at 53-all at the 3:33 mark, then Broekhuis made his final 3-pointer with 1:49 left and Ryan hit a three with 1:22 remaining to make it 56-all.
Evansville was held with 38.2 percent shooting, the best by an Air Force opponent this season, but out-rebounded Air Force 38-22. Ryan was the only Evansville player in double figures with a team-best 20 points.
Air Force travels to Dayton, Ohio to take on Wright State on Wednesday, Dec. 8.