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Final: TCU 65, Air Force 62

Published: February 22, 2012, 11:55 pm, by admin

Air Force’s season has been one of extremes.

An 11-4 start, then a seven-game losing streak. Two straight wins including a huge upset against San Diego State, and the Falcons followed that with a very disappointing loss to TCU in which it blew a 10-point lead at home.

“It hurts,” coach Dave Pilipovich said. “That’s a good thing, because we believe we can win, we’re getting better, we’re playing well. We just have to close a little better there. That’s experience, for all of us.”

Air Force built a lead by attacking the basket on offense, but a few changes by TCU and the Falcons’ offense stalled. Air Force went from being up 55-47 with less than eight minutes left to trailing 60-58 with two minutes left.

The Falcons went from having an outside shot at getting the fifth seed in the Mountain West tournament to having to battle Boise State to stay out of last place.

“It’s extremely disappointing to lose at home, especially in a close game we were up on,” center Taylor Broekhuis said. “There’s so many things you could pinpoint that we did wrong in the game. We need to come out with that win in the end.”