Air Force Outlasts Wyoming In Overtime, 82-79

Feb. 5, 2000

By AARON J. LOPEZ
AP Sports Writer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Tyron Wright scored on a reverse layup and completed a three-point play with 3.4 seconds left in overtime as Air Force beat Wyoming 82-79 on Saturday night.

Lawrence Yazzie added 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range for the Falcons, who ended an 18-game losing streak against Wyoming. Air Force's last victory over the Cowboys was Feb. 20, 1990. Two of Yazzie's 3-pointers came in overtime as the Falcons (7-12, 3-4 Mountain West) got off to their best conference start in school history.

LaDarion Jones scored a career-high 30 points and Anthony Blakes had 15 for Wyoming (13-9, 3-4). Jones' layup on a fast break tied the game with 16 seconds left in overtime, setting up Wright's game-winning drive.

Wright, who finished with 20 points, drove down the right side of the lane, dipped under the basket and flipped in a layup as he was hit in the face by Jones. After Wright converted the free throw, Wyoming had a final chance to tie, but Chris McMillian's desperation heave from half court fell short as the buzzer sounded.

Neither team could put together any kind of game-breaking run in the second half, which featured five ties and 11 lead changes.

Wyoming trailed by as many as six points but held Air Force without a field goal for the final 5:45 of regulation. The Cowboys tied the game at 71 on a free throw by Josh Davis with 1:46 remaining.

Davis missed two free throws with 1:06 left, and Air Force got two chances to win in regulation, the last coming when Wright's hook shot in the lane bounced off the rim as time expired.

Wyoming had won the last two meetings by an average of 23.5 points.