COLORADO SPRINGS – Sid Tomes hit back-to-back 3-pointers, including the game-winner from well beyond the arc and Air Force rallied past New Mexico 60-58 Wednesday night.
Air Force closed on an 8-0 run over the final two minutes, Ryan Swan scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Tomes added 10 points and 10 rebounds, scoring all his points after halftime.
Lavelle Scottie had 16 points and nine rebounds for Air Force (11-18, 5-12 Mountain West Conference). Scottie has scored 1,499 points in 125 games for the Falcons. Only six Air Force players have broken past 1,500 points.
New Mexico had two chances to win in the final eight seconds but JaQuan Lyle lost the handle as he set up for a 3-pointer from the right elbow about seven seconds left. Lyle quickly snatched at the ball and put up a hurried 3 that banged off the front of the rim. Jordan Arroyo grabbed the carom but his putback also hit the front rim and time expired during a scrum for the ball.
New Mexico scored a season-low 25 points in the second half. Lyle finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Lobos (17-13, 6-11), whose losing streak reached five games. Vance Jackson added 16 points.
Air Force finishes out the regular season against Colorado State on the road on Saturday. New Mexico finishes out the regular season against Utah State at home on Saturday.