Eric Kenzik's layup with 1.4 seconds remaining in overtime gave Air Force to a 64-62 victory over Wyoming on Wednesday night.
''We actually had a set play called coming down for that last possession, and the play kind of broke down,'' Kenzik said. ''I was just in the right place at the right time.''
Brandon Ewing hit a 3-pointer with 3:26 left in overtime to give Wyoming (6-9, 0-3 Mountain West) its largest lead of the game at 62-56. But Air Force (10-6, 2-1) answered with six straight points to tie the score at 62-62 with 1:23 remaining. Wyoming's Joseph Taylor stole the ball and was fouled with 36 seconds left but missed both free throws, setting up the game-winning possession for the Falcons.
A 9-0 Wyoming run late in the second half cut the Air Force lead to 49-48. The teams traded baskets and free throws for much of the rest of the half before Taylor converted the first of two shots from the line with 36.8 seconds left to tie the score at 56 and set up overtime.
''We knew we just had to stick in there and push through it,'' Air Force's Tim Anderson said. ''We knew it was going to come down to the wire. They made some big shots right off the overtime, and we had to buckle down on defense and shut them down.''
Anderson led Air Force with 19 points, and Matt Holland added 11.
Ewing finished with 21 points for Wyoming, and Brad Jones scored 16.
''I thought Brandon Ewing and Brad Jones were outstanding in the second half,'' Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds said. ''They made some unbelievable shots. This is a great rivalry, and it seems like ever since I've been at Air Force every game has gone down close to the wire.''