New Mexico's Hugh Greenwood shoots over Air Force's Marek Olesinski during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Isaac Brekken
March 11, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) Zach Kocur scored 20 points with four 3-pointers and No. 9 seed Air Force beat eighth-seeded New Mexico 68-61 in opening game of the Mountain West tournament on Wednesday.

New Mexico allowed the Falcons (14-16) to wind down the shot clock with a five-point lead in the final minute and Trevor Lyons' 18-foot jumper with 38 seconds left gave Air Force a 66-59 lead. The Academy held on from there to advance to a quarterfinals matchup with top-seeded Boise State on Thursday.

Air Force took control late with a 9-0 run to lead 58-53 on Kocur's 3-pointer with 3:55 left. Lyons finished with 10 points, five assists and five steals.

The Lobos (15-16) led for most of the first half and had a 52-47 advantage on Sam Logwood's 3-pointer with 7:39 left.

Hugh Greenwood had 16 points and Longwood added 14 for New Mexico.

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