Cowboys Narrowly Beaten In Regular Season Finale

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March 6, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Nick Welch scored 4 points in the last 23 seconds asAir Force came back from a 10-point deficit in the second half to beat Wyoming52-47 Saturday, the Falcons' first victory in Laramie since 1989.

Air Force (22-5, 12-2 Mountain West) won its first league regular seasontitle on Monday and heads into the conference tournament with a three-game winstreak.

Wyoming (11-16, 4-10) has lost seven of its last nine games.

The Cowboys, which had beaten the Falcons in eight of their last ninemeetings, led 29-20 at halftime and went ahead 39-29 at the 13:35 mark thanksto a 6-0 run keyed by two free throws and a basket by Jay Straight.

But the Falcons answered with a 15-4 run, taking a 44-43 lead with 2:52 togo on two free throws by Tim Keller, who led Air Force with 17 points.

Four free throws by Straight and another basket by Keller left Wyoming witha 47-46 advantage with 1:08 remaining.

But Wyoming would not score another point the rest of the game while Welchput Air Force ahead with a layup with 23 seconds left. Keller followed with twofree throws, and Welch scored on another layup for the final tally.

Straight finished with 12 points to lead Wyoming. Mikel Watson and Alex Dunncontributed 10 apiece. Dunn also had 14 rebounds.

Air Force committed eight turnovers in the first half but had none in thesecond. Wyoming finished with 18 turnovers.