Derek Brooks chuckled a bit at the question.
“I don’t know if it was the best game of my career,” Air Force’s senior forward said.
Humility aside, the numbers say Brooks was never better. He had a career best 18 points, a career best five assists, and hit big shot after big shot for the Falcons in their first road win in more than three years.
“He hit some really big shots,” Air Force guard/forward Taylor Stewart said. “He was composed when he we needed a big shot, and he came up big in the clutch.”
Brooks had two sequences that saved the Falcons. When TCU took an eight-point lead with less than nine minutes left, Brooks hit a 3, then banked in a shot while being fouled. His six consecutive points cut the Horned Frogs’ lead to 47-45.
Then, after Stewart missed two free throws in overtime with the Falcons trailing by four, TCU fumbled the rebound out of bounds, and Brooks hit a 3 from the corner to keep Air Force in the game.
“We just had that never-say-die attitude,” Brooks said.