Senior Michael Lyons scored 33 points to lead Air Force to a 77-70 win over The Citadel today to win the All-Military Classic basketball tournament at McAlister Field House.
Air Force (2-0) hit 15 of 34 shots from 3-point range, led by Lyons, a 6-5 guard who made 7 of 12 from long distance. Senior guard Kyle Green added 18 points.
Sophomore guard Lawrence Miller led the Bulldogs (1-1) with 20 points. Senior Mike Groselle added 17 points and eight rebounds, and sophomore C.J. Bray scored 14 points.
Army (1-1) took an 80-74 victory over VMI (0-2) to claim third place in the tournament.
The Citadel trailed by 71-68 after a Quinton Marshall bucket with 38 seconds left, but Air Force hit six straight free throws to ice it.
Air Force got off to an 8-0 start against The Citadel, but the Bulldgos rallied behind a pressing defense that dropped back into a 2-3 zone. A 15-7 spurt tied the game at 15-15, and Ashton Moore hit a jumper at the buzzer to give The Citadel had 30-28 edge at the half.
The Citadel plays its next three games at home, starting with Montreat on Wednesday.