LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas –
Tim Anderson came through in clutch time for the Warhawks men's varsity basketball team in a 67-64 victory over Southwest Texas Junior College in their season opener Sept. 29.
The Warhawks were down as many as 10 points in the second half when Anderson tied the game 61-61 with a pair of free throws with 2:27 left.
The stroking guard put the Warhawks up 63-61 before SWTJC guard Josh Register scored a three-pointer with a minute left to put the team from Uvalde back in the lead 64-63.
Anderson didn't let Register's three-pointer be the end of regulation, as he attacked the rim twice in under a minute and scored the final four points with free throws to give the Warhawks victory on opening night.
Anderson, who has played on the All Air Force basketball team, described the win in one word - "Ugly.
"Since shots weren't going in, I just got to drive the basketball," Anderson said. "I was just trying to go for what was working and that was driving to the rack."
Anderson's game wasn't ugly as he tallied 21 points with 19 scored in the second half and 12 of 12 on free throws.
"That dude is a basketball icon when it comes to playing with the All Armed Forces and All Air Force team," Warhawks Basketball Coach Curt McGlown said. "When you have somebody of his caliber out on the court, it relieves a lot of my duties as far as putting people in certain sets."
Anderson is a former Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year, and coach said his player puts team accolades first before himself.
"What he brings to this team, as far as leadership and continuity, is character, and his character is unbelievable," McGlown said. "He displays team and I thank him for that."
Damien Turner and Drak Baker contributed 10 points each for the Warhawks.
"The team is passionate on defense and they love to win," McGlown said. "We've got to gel as a team and we will."