The Air Force Falcons gave up a late lay-up to Darion Rackley of the Jacksonville State Gamecocks with one second left in the second half to force overtime but were able to hold on for the last minute of the extra frame to secure the 66-65 victory Monday evening. It was the final non-conference game of the season for Air Force, who raised their record to 7-4 on the season.
The Falcons and the Gamecocks played a tight game all evening, with neither team being able to capture any kind of momentum. The largest lead of the game was a seven point lead for the Falcons at 42-35 halfway through the second half. But every time the Falcons started to pull away, the Gamecocks lead by Rackley, who finished the night with a game high 23 points, would surge back to keep it close. Rackley got a lot of help from forward D.J. Felder off the bench with his 17 points. The bench was huge for the Gamecocks on the night as they would score 36 of the 65 points for the visitors.
Air Force had four players in double digits as the team has settled into its roles late in the non-conference schedule. The senior trio of Max Yon (16 points), Kamryn Williams (12 points) and Marek Olesinski have settled into their leadership roles and carried the offensive load for the Falcons against the Gamecocks. Freshman starters Matt Mooney and Trevor Lyons have settled into their support roles playing lots of minutes early in their career. Lyons and Mooney combined for eight assist on the evening as they helped set up the senior starters. Off the bench, Zach Kocur has really settled into a scoring role. He scored 10 points on the night and has been shooting the ball well the past few games for the Falcons. Kocur was three of five from deep on the evening.
The Falcons now have nine days to prepare for the Mountain West Conference season, which opens on New Years Eve in San Diego versus the highly touted San Diego State Aztecs.