Pokes Push Past Falcons In OT, 69-67

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March 7, 2002

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Marcus Bailey scored 29 points and had seven rebounds tolead top-seeded Wyoming past eighth-seeded Air Force 69-67 in overtime in thefirst round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday.

Uche Nsonwu-Amadi's free throw with 27 seconds left in overtime made it68-67. After a turnover by the Falcons, Bailey hit one of two free throws with12 seconds remaining.

The Falcons then missed their two final shots, by Tim Keller with threeseconds left, and a tip by Joel Gerlach at the buzzer.

With Wyoming trailing 60-57 and four seconds left in regulation, Bailey hita three-pointer from the top of the key to tie it at 60-60.

Air Force's Lamoni Yazzie then missed a 3-point try as regulation ended.

Jason Straight added 14 points for the Cowboys (21-7) while Josh Davis hadeight points and 11 rebounds.

Tom Bellairs led Air Force (9-19) with 20 points, while Gerlach added 17points and six rebounds.

The game featured 21 ties and 19 lead changes, and there was never more thana six-point gap between the teams.

Air Force was outrebounded 40-23, but went 19-for-20 from the free-throwline. Wyoming went 15-for-27 from the line.

With 1:26 left in regulation, the Falcons opened their largest lead of thegame at 58-54 on two Gerlach free throws. With 1:13 left, Bailey answered witha right-side jumper from 10 feet.

After Air Force's A.J. Kuhle missed a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left, Baileywas fouled and hit one of two free throws with 16 seconds left. Yazzie then hittwo free throws with 12 seconds left, putting Air Force up 60-57.