Falcons Open New Year at Richmond
Jan. 1, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Richmond Spiders
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
7 p.m. (ET) at Richmond, Va.
Location Richmond, Va.
Arena Robins Center
Network Air Force / IMG Radio Network
Station AM 1300 KCSF, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 10-9, First Full Season
Chris Mooney (Princeton, 1994)
Richmond 137-108, Eighth Season
Overall 155-120, Ninth Season
Overall First Meeting
Falcons Open New Year at Richmond
The Air Force men’s basketball team opens 2013 against former head coach Chris Mooney and the Richmond Spiders on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at the Robins Center in Richmond, Va. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET). Air Force is 8-3 this season after dropping a 78-61 decision to #14/11 Florida on Saturday at the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Fla., while the Spiders are 9-5 after losing 70-64 at home to Davidson on Saturday.
Second Game Ever Against a Former Head Coach
Wednesday’s game will be the second in program history against a former Air Force head coach. The first was against Jeff Bzdelik and the Colorado Buffaloes on Nov. 29, 2007. Richmond coach Chris Mooney was the head coach at Air Force for the 2004-05 season, producing an 18-12 record.
Todd Fletcher Tops The Nation in Assist-Turnover Ratio
Senior point guard Todd Fletcher leads the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 5.63. Fletcher has 45 assists and just eight turnovers in 11 games this season. In addition, senior Michael Lyons is 24th nationally in scoring at 19.6 points per game.
Top 20 Nationally in Five Categories
Air Force was ranked in the top 20 nationally in five categories according to the NCAA Division I ranking summary released on Monday, Dec. 31.
The Falcons open Mountain West play against conference-newcomer Nevada on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Air Force Still With Only Two Wins Against Ranked Teams
With its 78-61 loss to #14/11 Florida last Saturday, Air Force fell to 2-77 against ranked opponents in program history. The Falcons also dropped an 89-74 decision to 23rd-ranked Colorado on Nov. 25. The two victories came against No. 21 UTEP (75-72) on Feb. 15, 1992 and No. 13 San Diego State (58-56) on Feb. 18, 2012.
Falcons Claim Second Straight All-Military Classic Title
Air Force opened the 2012-13 season with a pair of victories at the second annual All-Military Classic. The Falcons used a second-half rally to defeat service-academy rival Army, 76-65, in the first round, then downed Citadel, 77-70, in the championship game.
Senior guard Michael Lyons was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 26 points and three rebounds in the two games. Lyons scored a career-high 33 points against Citadel in the title game, shooting 7-of-12 from three-point range. Fellow senior Kyle Green added a career-high 18 points and senior Todd Fletcher dished out five assists against Citadel.
This was the second of a four-year contract for the All-Military Classic, with each school hosting once. VMI will host in 2013 and Army in ‘14. The tournament will be played each year during Veteran’s Day weekend.
All-Military Classic Results
Saturday, Nov. 10
Air Force 76, Army 65
Citadel 84, VMI 76
Sunday, Nov. 11
Army 84, VMI 76 (Third-Place Game)
Air Force 77, Citadel 70 (Championship Game)
Michael Lyons Moves Into Top 10 on Career Scoring List
Senior Michael Lyons moved into 10th place on Air Force’s career scoring list with 11 points against Florida last Saturday. He became the 23rd player in Air Force history to reach the 1,000-point plateau against Army in the season opener. Lyons, who entered the season with 997 career points, sank a three-pointer 2:16 into the game to join the prestigious club. The last Falcon to join the 1,000-point club was Matt McCraw in 2007. Lyons has 1,213 career points.
First Century Mark This Century
With its 102-68 victory over Western State on Nov. 15, Air Force hit the 100-point mark for the first time since Feb. 16, 1999 (111-88 victory over Denver). It was the 18th time Air Force has hit the century mark in program history.
Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge
The 2012-13 edition of the MW/MVC Challenge is the final of a four-year agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences. Nine challenge games were played this season, with the Mountain West winning six.
Date Game / Result
Nov. 17 San Diego State 60, @Missouri State 44
Nov. 28 Boise State 83, @Creighton 70
Nov. 28 @Southern Illinois 57, Fresno State 54
Nov. 20 Drake 76, @Nevada 66
Dec. 1 @Colorado State 79, Evansville 72
Dec. 1 New Mexico 77, @Indiana State 68
Dec. 2 Wichita State 72, @Air Force 69
Dec. 4 Wyoming 81, @Illinois State 67
Dec. 19 @UNLV 73, Northern Iowa 59
Most Assists in One Game Since 1997
Air Force had 26 assists in its victory over Western State on Nov. 15, the most in one game since a school-record 36 against Doane on Nov. 22, 1997. Todd Fletcher dished out a game-high eight, one shy of his career high. The Falcons also posted 25 assists, including six by Fletcher, against Montana State.
In addition, the Falcons’ five turnovers vs. WSCU were the fewest in one game since a school-record three against Wyoming on March 8, 2007.
Todd Fletcher in Sixth Place on Career Assist List
Senior Todd Fletcher moved into sixth place on AFA’s career assist list against Jackson State on Nov. 28. Fletcher, who is ranked third in the Mountain West with 4.09 assists per game, dished out a season-high eight against Western State on Nov. 15 and has 294 for his career.
Here is the career assists list at Air Force. The school began keeping assists as a season total in 1972.
Third-Largest Margin of Victory in Consecutive Games
With their 102-68 victory over Western State on Nov. 15 and 83-43 win over Regis on Nov. 18, the Falcons matched the third largest margin of victory (74 points) in back-to-back games in program history.
Margin Opponents (Score, Date)
84 Colorado College (104-53, 2/6/57) and Eastern New Mexico (102-69, 2/9/57)
83 Regis (107-49, 12/20/88) and Portland (91-66, 12/22/88)
74 Western State (102-68, 11/15/12) and Regis (83-43, 11/18/12)
74 Doane College (124-57, 11/22/97) and Regis (72-65, 11/25/97)
72 Stanford (79-45, 11/15/06) and Colorado (84-46, 11/18/06)
Freshmen Making Huge Impact So Far
Freshmen Cameron Michael and Tre’ Coggins have made the most out of their playing time this season. Michael, from Loveland, Colo., scored a career-high 18 points, all in the second half, against Western State on Nov. 15 then added 15 against Regis on Nov. 18. He shot 78.5 percent (11-of-14) from the field and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from three-point range in the two games.
Coggins, meanwhile, posted career-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds against Regis, shooting 4-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line. He had a career-high four steals at UC Riverside on Dec. 22
Lyons Leads the Mountain West in Scoring
Michael Lyons leads the Mountain West in scoring at 19.6 points per game. Lyons, who scored a career-high 33 against Citadel on Nov. 11, has hit double figures in all 11 games this season. He is tied for fifth in the conference in 3-pointers made per game (2.36), sixth in 3-point percentage (37.7%) and seventh in field-goal percentage at 46.4 percent (71-of-153).
Broekhuis Comes up Big vs. Western State
Taylor Broekhuis scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field in the season-opener against Western State. Broekhuis was a perfect 2-of-2 from three-point range against the Mountaineers and is shooting 60 percent (6-of-10) from long range this season.
Dave Pilipovich in First Full Season as Head Coach
Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh announced on March 3, 2012 that Dave Pilipovich agreed to become the permanent head coach of the Air Force men’s basketball team. Pilipovich, the eighth head coach in program history, was in his fifth season on the Air Force coaching staff and first as associate head coach when he took over for Jeff Reynolds, who was relieved of his duties as head coach on Feb. 8.
Pilipovich won his first game as a collegiate head coach on Feb. 15 when Air Force defeated Wyoming 58-53 in Laramie, Wyo., then led the Falcons to their first-ever win over a top 20 team with a 58-56 victory over San Diego State on Feb. 18 at Clune Arena. He currently has a 10-8 career record.
All Three Losses to Winning Teams
The three teams that have defeated Air Force this season have a combined 30-5 record (.857 winning percentage). Wichita State is 11-1, Colorado is 10-2 and Florida is 9-2. Colorado and Florida were reanked at the time Air Force played them and Wichita State entered the Top 25 the week after defeating the Falcons.
Still a Solid Record at Clune
Including their 5-1 record this season, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last nine-plus seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 110 of its 147 home games, good for a .748 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 41 of their 71 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.563 pct).
Two Road Wins Before Christmas - A Rarity
With its 61-53 victory at UC Riverside on Dec. 22, Air Force had two road wins before Christmas for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Falcons also won at The Citadel on Nov. 11. In fact, Air Force has had two road wins before Christmas just seven times in program history.
8-3 Ties Fourth-Best Start Ever
Air Force’s 8-3 record ties the fouorth-best start ever in program history after 11 games. The Falcons have been 10-1 twice in the past (2005-06 and `06-07) and were 9-2 in 2003-04. This is the ninth time at 8-3, most recently during the 2010-11 campaign.