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College basketball: Air Force stuns No. 12 New Mexico

Published March 9, 2013 10:21 pm

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Air Force Academy, Colo. • With one long jump shot, Senior Day turned into a dream for Todd Fletcher.

The Air Force guard took a pass from fellow senior Michael Lyons and hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to give the Falcons an 89-88 victory over No. 12 New Mexico on Saturday.

Tony Snell's 3-point attempt from the right wing clanged off the iron as time expired, and Falcons fans stormed the court to celebrate the program's first win over a top 12 team. Fletcher's clutch shot came seconds after New Mexico's Kendall Williams missed the back end of a 1-and-1.

"I'm still in shock," said Fletcher. "I don't know how Michael made the shot before — that was unbelievable. So of course, three people jumped out on him and no one was guarding me.

"I shot it, and it went in. It felt dang good, that's for sure."

The Lobos (26-5, 13-3 Mountain West) led 87-83 with 19 seconds remaining after a pair of free throws by Williams. Lyons hit a long, contested 3 with 12.1 seconds left to cut the deficit to one.

No. 1 Gonzaga 66, Loyola Marymount 48 • In Las Vegas, Elias Harris had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead Gonzaga in the semifinals of the West Coast conference Tournament.

Baylor 81, No. 4 Kansas 58 • In Waco, Texas, Pierre Jackson had 28 points and 10 assists as Baylor finished the regular season with a victory that kept Kansas from winning the outright Big 12 title.

No. 5 Georgetown 61, No. 17 Syracuse 39 • In Washington, Georgetown ended its Big East rivalry against Syracuse, wrapping up the regular-season title by holding the Orange to the lowest scoring output of their time in the conference.

No. 23 UCLA 61, Washington 54 • In Seattle, Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, and UCLA clinched the Pac-12 Conference regular-season title with a win over the Huskies.