Fletcher’s clutch shot lifts Air Force
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
Air Force trailed No. 11 New Mexico by four points with less than 20 seconds remaining but thanks to some late-game heroics had a chance to tie or win the game with time winding down on the clock.
Senior Todd Fletcher chose the latter with 3.5 seconds left.
“I shot it, and it went in. It felt dang good, that’s for sure,” Fletcher said after he drilled a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left to give Air Force an 89-88 victory.
Falcons fans stormed the court to celebrate the program’s first win over a top 12 team.
“I’m still in shock,” said Fletcher after the game. Fletcher finished with a career-high 21 points and fellow senior Michael Lyons led the way for Air Force (17-12, 8-8) with 30. Lyons’ canned a three-pointer before Fletcher, cutting the deficit to one point before New Mexico split a pair of free throws.
The Lobos (26-5, 13-3) had already secured the Mountain West Conference regular-season title.
The game was a back-and-forth sprint that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes, with the teams combining for a conference-record 30 3-pointers. Air Force was 15 of 31 from 3-point range, with New Mexico going 15 for 33.
Thanks College Basketball Talk for the video assist.
Contributing: The Associated Press