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UPCOMING MOUNTAIN WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Monday, November 23 Broadcast Time
Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Lahaina, Maui)
   UNLV vs. UCLA
ESPN2
6:30 p.m. HT
Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational (campus site)
   East Carolina at San Diego State
ESPN3
7 p.m. PT
Concordia at Boise State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
Tuesday, November 24 Broadcast Time
Utah Valley at Utah State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
Abilene Christian at Colorado State
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Lahaina, Maui)
   UNLV vs. Kansas/Chaminade
ESPN Networks
TBA
Wednesday, November 25 Broadcast Time
Nicholls State at New Mexico
ROOT SPORTS/MWN
7 p.m. MT
CSU Bakersfield at Wyoming
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. MT
Portland State at Nevada
MWN - Institutional
7 p.m. PT
GCI Great Alaska Shootout (Anchorage, Alaska)
   Toledo vs. San José State
CBS Sports Network
7:30 p.m. AT
Air Force at Colorado
Pac-12 Networks
7 p.m. MT
Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Lahaina, Maui)
   UNLV vs. TBA
ESPN Networks
TBA


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AIR FORCE (3-1, 0-0 MW)

  • Air Force travels 80 miles north to take on Colorado on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Buffaloes have won five consecutive games in the series. The last Falcons victory over CU came on Nov. 18, 2006 (84-46) in Boulder.
  • Sophomore guard Trevor Lyons is tied for fifth nationally with 13 steals in three games. Omaha’s Tra-Deon Hollins leads the nation with 17. Last season, Lyons recorded 41 steals.
  • Junior forward Hayden Graham had three double-doubles in 30 games last season, and through four games this season he already has two. Graham recorded 19 points and 10 boards in the season opener at Southern Illinois and in the Falcons most recent game, he scored 16 points and pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds.

BOISE STATE (1-2, 0-0 MW)

  • Boise State has won nine straight home contests. The Broncos last defeat at Taco Bell Arena was Jan. 3, 2015 vs. Utah State (62-61). This is the longest home win streak in the Mountain West.
  • Senior guard Mikey Thompson has poured in 66.7 percent of his field-goal attempts this season (16-of-24), a percentage that leads the Conference. In his first start of the 2015-16 campaign, Thompson scored 12 points and dished out a career-high seven assists at Arizona. Thompson has scored in double figures in three straight games.
  • Dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, the Broncos have compiled a 34-1 record when registering more than 15 assists in a game.

COLORADO STATE (3-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Colorado State has led the Mountain West in scoring two of the last three years. Last season, the Rams scored a total of 2,454 points in 34 games (72.2) and in 2012-13 they poured in 2,553 in 35 contests (72.9). Through three games, the Rams are averaging 87.3 points, which is second in the MW.
  • Colorado State, which hosts Abilene Christian on Tuesday, Nov. 24, has won 19 straight regular-season nonconference contests. Its last loss was suffered on Dec. 11, 2013 vs. Denver (80-70).
  • Last week, senior guard Gian Clavell averaged 21 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. In the two contests, Clavell tied his career-high with 21 points and he pulled down a career-best 12 boards vs. Oakland.

FRESNO STATE (4-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Fresno State, which is off until Friday when they host Delaware State, is 4-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season when the Bulldogs won seven in a row to open the season. They were eventually knocked off by UC Santa Barbara.
  • Senior guard Marvelle Harris has scored at least 10 points in 31 straight regular season games, and in 33 of the Bulldogs’ last 36 contests. Harris is averaging  21 points per game to begin the 2015-16 campaign.
  • Fresno State is 14-3 at the Save Mart Center since the beginning of the 2014-15 season. The Bulldogs have won five consecutive games at home with the last home defeat coming on Feb. 18, 2015 vs. Colorado State (81-73).

NEVADA (3-1, 0-0 MW)

  • Nevada, which opens up the season 3-1 for the first time since 2012-13, hosts Portland State in its home opener. The Wolf Pack are 9-1 in their last 10 home openers, with the lone loss coming on Nov. 8, 2013 vs. Pacific (80-78).
  • Entering the week, senior guard Marqueze Coleman is tied for 13th nationally, averaging 24.8 points per contest. Last week, Coleman produced two 30-point efforts, including a career-best 34 at Hawai‘i. Coleman is tied with Howard’s James Daniel for most points in consecutive contest (65). He is the first Wolf Pack player since at least 1999-2000 with back-to-back 30-plus points.
  • Nevada leads the nation with 30 blocked shots through four games and the 7.5 blocks per contest average ranks tied for 11th among all Division I teams.

NEW MEXICO (3-1, 0-0 MW)

  • The Lobos have won four consecutive games in The Pit and will look to run the streak up to five with a Nov. 25 contest vs. Nicholls State. UNM was last defeated at home on Feb. 21, 2015 by UNLV (76-68).
  • Mountain West Preseason Newcomer of the Year Tim Williams leads the Lobos in points per game (18.0), field-goal percentage (64.7) and field-goals made (33). Williams is tied for the team lead with 7.8 rebounds per game.
  • Last season, the Lobos averaged 62 points per game, but this year, with the new 30-second shot clock, UNM is pouring in 81.5 points. That 19.5-point increase is second-best in the Conference, trailing UNLV (+20.1).

SAN DIEGO STATE (2-2, 0-0 MW)

  • SDSU will play a home game on Monday, Nov. 23 vs. East Carolina in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational before traveling to Las Vegas to take on California (Nov. 26) and then either West Virginia or Richmond (Nov. 27).
  • Senior forward Skylar Spencer holds the program record for career blocks with 235. He is nine blocked shots shy of the Mountain West record, which is held by Wyoming’s Justin Williams (244), who played from 2004-06.
  • Freshman guard Jeremy Hemsley, who is SDSU’s leading scorer on the year (13.0), has led the Aztecs in scoring on three occasions and in assists twice. He scored 20 points in the opener vs. Illinois State (Nov. 13) and followed it up with 14 points vs. San Diego Christian (Nov. 18). Most recently, Hemsley scored 11 points to lead the team vs. Little Rock.

SAN JOSÉ STATE (1-2, 0-0 MW)

  • The Spartans head to Anchorage for the Great Alaska Shootout, looking to win away from San Jose for the first time since Feb. 18, 2014, when they defeated Nevada 66-64.  
  • Freshman forward Ryan Welage posted back-to-back double-doubles vs. Idaho and Montana. He was the first Spartan to accomplish this feat since Chris Cunningham on Feb. 12 and 15 in 2014. Welage is leading the Mountain West with 7.7 defensive rebounds per contest.
  • A victory to begin the tournament over Toledo would give the Spartans two wins in their last three games, which hasn’t been done since December 2013.

UNLV (3-0, 0-0 MW)

  • The Rebels are playing in the Maui Invitational for the third time in program history. They own a 3-3 record in the event. UNLV will open with UCLA, which owns a 4-0 advantage in the series, on Monday, Nov. 23. These two teams haven’t met since Dec. 12, 1998 (72-67). On Tuesday, the Rebels will face Kansas or Chaminade.
  • UNLV ranks 23rd nationally, averaging 19.3 assists per game. The Rebels are led by senior transfer Jerome Seagears, who is averaging five helpers per contest.
  • UNLV freshman Derrick Jones, Jr., is averaging 13.7 points per game, which leads all Mountain West freshmen.

UTAH STATE (3-0, 0-0 MW)

  • Utah State longtime assistant coach Tim Duryea, who has been with the program for 14 seasons, takes over as head coach of the Aggies after Stew Morrill retired at the end of 2014-15. This is Duryea’s first head coaching job at the top collegiate level.
  • A victory vs. Utah Valley on Nov. 24 will make Duryea one of five Utah State coaches to win four in a row to begin his career. Only four coaches have won five straight.
  • Senior guard Chris Smith leads the Aggies with 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Smith has scored in double figures in all three contests this season and in eight consecutive games dating back to last season.

WYOMING (2-2, 0-0 MW)

  • At home in November and December, Wyoming has a 45-1 record under head coach Larry Shyatt. Overall under Shyatt in those two months, the Cowboys are 55-12.
  • Senior guard Josh Adams scored a career-best 36 points in a neutral-site loss vs. Montana State. The 36 points are the fourth-most by a Division I player this season, as of Nov. 23. Adams is averaging 25 points per game to lead the Mountain West and tie for ninth nationally.
  • The Cowboys are averaging 7.3 turnovers per contest, which is tied with UC Riverside for fewest in the nation.