The Air Force Falcons (3-2) could not make the game-winning three-pointer in their first away contest of the 2010-2011 college basketball season, losing 60-62 to the Drake Bulldogs (5-3). The crushing, late game loss comes on the heals of their 76-73 overtime loss to the Colorado Buffaloes.
After falling behind 21-31 in the first half, the Falcons managed to fight back into the game in the second half. In a ten minute span shortly following halftime, the Falcons managed to go on an 18-11 run to put the score at 39-45 with about 10:30 remaining in the game.
Juniors Mike Fitzgerald and Michael Lyons led the Air Force offensive attack, totaling 13 points each -- including a combined 3 for 7 in three-point attempts. Fitzgerald also led the team in rebounds, collecting nine of the Falcons' 27 boards.
However, the Bulldogs managed just enough offense to beat the Falcons. With 1:31 left, Drake led 53-61, but Lyons add a three-pointer, and Todd Fletcher and Mike Fitzgerald both added a pair of free throws to narrow the game to 60-61. A Karl Madison free throw put the game at 62-60, and Fletcher and Fitzgerald both fired three-pointer attempts in the final seconds, but the Bulldogs defense held strong to win.
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