Air Force shot down by Texas A&M-Commerce in overtime
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. —Air Force men’s basketball lost a 73-69 overtime game to Texas A&M-Commerce (1-2) Monday night at Clune Arena. Second year guard Jake Heidbreder led the Falcons with 16 points and freshman forward Rytis Petraitis recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Air Force rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to go to overtime. The Falcons were up by six early in overtime, but Texas A&M-Commerce bounced back with a 12-2 run to close out the overtime period.
Facing defensive pressure from Commerce, the Air Force trailed 31-28 at halftime. The Lions moved up 10 points with 11 minutes remaining in the second half. The Air Force rallied to tie the game with a 10-0 run to make it 50-50 with 6:28 remaining.
The Falcons briefly led by one point twice, before TAMUC came back up by two. The Falcons tied the game with seven seconds left in regulation on a Nikc Jackson dunk on a side play to send him into overtime.
Heidbreder hit double digits for the third straight game to start the season. He was 4 of 9 from the field and 2 of 6 from three points. He also reached the line eight times, making six.
Petaitis picked up his double-double in just 20 minutes on the bench. The rookie also grabbed three offensive rebounds and was 5 of 7 from the field.
Joining in double digits was the second-year guard Jeffrey Mills, who tied a career high with 13 points and four rebounds. Mills also led the Falcons with four assists. Senior Striker Nikc Jackson added seven points and six rebounds. Second year guard Ethan Taylor had a career-high five interceptions.
The Falcons shot 45.3% from the field, 57.7% from the free throw line and 27.3% from three.
Guard Demarcus Demonia led Commerce with 25 points and four threes. Guard Kalen Williams added 13 points and CJ Roberts scored 11.
The Air Force returns to action Thursday, Nov. 17, hosting Portland. Game tips at 7 p.m. MT and will air on the Mountain West Network.