Corpus Christi Challenge hosts contest for fans

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — A 3-1 record would have looked very good for the Arkansas-Pine Bluff men’s basketball team.

The Golden Lions were in contention for a rare third nonconference win for much of Sunday’s game against Air Force. But Max Yon scored six of Air Force’s seven points in the final 90 seconds, and the Falcons hung on for a 67-64 victory, improving their all-time record against the Lions to 7-0.

Yon, who had 14 points, hit two free throws to give Air Force (2-2) a 62-61 lead, its first since early in the first half when it led for all of 17 seconds. Eleven seconds later, Tre Coggins stole the ball from UAPB’s Marcel Mosley and fed Yon for a dunk to make it a three-point game.

Coggins picked up an offensive rebound with 23 seconds left and the Lions (2-2) were forced to foul Yon, who hit two more free throws. After a pair of three-point misses, Davon Haynes scored on a putback as he was fouled and sank the free throw to pull within 66-64 with 4 seconds to go.

Darrius Parker made the first of two foul shots with 1 seconds left, but UAPB wasn’t able to take a shot off the rebound before the buzzer.

Mosley led the Lions off the bench with 16 points. He connected on 5 of 8 three-point attempts.

Haynes added 13 points and six rebounds. Jaylon Floyd had 10 points and five boards.

For Air Force, Marek Olesinski made 7 of 10 field goals (6 of 8 threes) on his way to a game-high 20 points and blocked three shots. Parker added 12 points and seven rebounds and Justin Hammonds 11 points and six boards.

UAPB led by as much as 22-10 and had a 38-29 halftime lead, shooting 57.3 percent from the floor in the process. But the Lions cooled off in the second half and made only 8 of 27 to finish 23 for 53 for 43.4 percent. They made 10 of 13 free throws.

Air Force hit 19 of 45 from the floor (42.2 percent) and 20 of 26 free throws (76.9 percent). Each team had 31 rebounds and 15 turnovers.

UAPB next will begin play in the Corpus Christi Challenge with a game against Larry Brown-coached SMU in Garland, Texas, next Sunday. UAPB’s Challenge schedule includes a game against Texas A&M in College Station (Nov. 26) and two games in Corpus Christi, Texas, including a meeting with Sam Houston State on Nov. 29.