Jan. 13, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Jacob Burtuschi made the winning basket at the buzzer and scored 18 points, sending No. 18 Air Force to a 58-56 victory over Wyoming on Saturday.
Burtuschi got the ball in the lane on an inbounds play with 1.2 seconds left, dribbled once and easily laid it in. The ball fell through the hoop at the buzzer, sending the Falcons (17-1, 4-0 Mountain West) streaming onto the court in celebration.
But if they had hit their free throws, Air Force would have sealed it earlier. Leading 56-55, the Falcons twice missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and when John Frye fouled Daaron Brown with 21 seconds left he gave Wyoming (11-6, 2-1) a chance to take the lead.
But Brown missed the first of his free throws, too, hitting the second to tie the game at 56.
Air Force tried to set up a play, but lost the ball; it went out of bounds off a Wyoming player, setting up the inbounds play and Burtuschi's game-winning layup.
Dan Nwaelele scored 13 points for the Falcons, and Tim Anderson had 10.
With Air Force down 52-49, Anderson scored on a tip-in to bring the Falcons within a point. Matt McCraw then found himself open at the top of the arc and hit a 3-pointer that put Air Force up 54-52 with 1:50 left. Nwaelele dunked on an assist from Anderson to make it 56-52 with 1:02 to go.
Brandon Ewing hit a pair of free throws to bring Wyoming to 56-54. Wyoming then stole the ball on the inbounds play. Joseph Taylor missed a dunk, and James Spencer - fouled in the scramble for the loose ball - hit just one of two free throws, leaving Wyoming down 56-55.
Ewing led Wyoming with 15 points, and Brad Jones scored 13.
The Falcons fell behind 11-2 in the first half, missing nine of their first 10 shots, but slowly pulled almost even. McCraw's 3-pointer with 35 seconds left pulled Air Force to 20-19. Ewing hit a free throw in the final seconds of the first half to give Wyoming a 21-19 lead.