Air Force sophomore guard Evan Washington banked in a 3-pointer that he released just before the buzzer to pull the Falcons within three points of Colorado State at halftime at Clune Arena.
The Rams lead, 41-38, despite a huge half from Air Force senior guard/forward Andrew Henke, who matched his career high for points with 23. Henke put on a dazzling shooting display, making 6-of-7 shots from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and all seven of his free throws.
Henke came off the bench and scored 13 straight points to give the Falcons a lift. He then scored all the points in a 10-0 run that cut a 14-point Rams lead to 39-35.
His 23 points were the most by an Air Force player in a half since Lamoni Yazzie had 26 in the second half against Liberty on Dec. 22, 2001.
Air Force shot 12-of-18 from the floor (66.7 percent) but again struggled with turnovers, committing eight.
Colorado State also shot the ball well, hitting 17-of-29 shots (58.6 percent). Senior guard Marcus Walker had 11 points for the Rams, while sophomore forwards Andre McFarland and Andy Ogide had nine and eight, respectively.