Falcons Return Home to Face League-Newcomer Fresno State
Jan. 29, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Fresno State Bulldogs
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013
7 p.m. at Clune Arena
Location USAFA, Colo.
Arena Clune Arena
Network Air Force / IMG Sports Network
Station AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Live Video goairforcefalcons.com
Live Stats goairforcefalcons.com
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 14-12, First Full Season
Rodney Terry (St. Edwards, 1990)
Fresno State 20-32, Second Season
Overall Fresno State leads 9-4
At USAFA Fresno State leads 4-2
First Game Nov. 28, 1980
Result Fresno State won 55-40
Last Game Dec. 1, 2001
Result Fresno State won 68-52
Current Streak Fresno State - 1
Falcons Return Home to Face League-Newcomer Fresno State
The Air Force men's basketball team returns to Clune Arena to face the Fresno State Bulldogs on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.. Air Force improved to 12-6 and 3-2 in the Mountain West after posting its first league road win of the season by defeating Wyoming 57-48 Saturday in Laramie, Wyo.. Fresno State, in its first Mountain West season, fell to 7-12 and 1-5 in league play with a 74-63 loss at home to Colorado State on Saturday.
3-2 Ties Fifth-Best Start Ever in League Play
Air Force's 3-2 record in the Mountain West ties the fifth-best start ever in program history after five league games. The Falcons have been 5-0 once in the past (2003-04), 3-1 three times (2004-05, `05-06 and `06-07) and this is the second time at 3-2, the other time being the 2007-08 campaign.
Five League Road Wins in Five Years
Air Force's 57-48 victory at Wyoming on Saturday was just the fifth conference road win in the last five years. The Falcons did not post a league road victory during the 2008-09 and `09-10 seasons and had just two each in 2010-11 and `11-12. Two of the wins have come in Laramie.
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 9-2 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 3-4 when scoring less than 70. The three wins are against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (65-49), UC Riverside (61-53) and Wyoming (57-48).
Defensively speaking, the Falcons are a perfect 10-0 when allowing 70 points or less and 2-6 when allowing more than 70. The two victories were an 86-72 triumph over Montana State and the 91-80 win over Boise State on Saturday.
All Six Losses to Winning Teams
The six teams that have defeated Air Force this season have a combined 94-26 record (.783 winning percentage). Wichita State is 19-2, Colorado is 14-6, Florida is 16-2, Richmond is 13-8, UNLV is 16-4 and Colorado State is 16-4. Colorado, Florida, UNLV and Wichita State have been in the Top 25 this season.
The Falcons stay at Clune Arena to face the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT).
Michael Lyons Moves Into No. 7 Spot on Career Scoring List
Senior Michael Lyons moved into seventh place on Air Force's career scoring list with 11 points against Wyoming on 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 1,324 career points.
First Wire-to-Wire League Win in Over Two Years
Air Force led wire-to-wire in its 57-48 victory at Wyoming last Saturday, the first wire-to-wire conference win since defeating the Cowboys, 72-51, at Clune Arena on Jan. 22, 2011. It was also AFA's first wire-to-wire conference road win since joining the Mountain West in 1999.
Most Assists in One Game Since 1997
Air Force had 27 assists in its victory over New Orleans on Wednesday, the most in one game since a school-record 36 against Doane on Nov. 22, 1997. Tre' Coggins dished out a career-high eight and 11 Falcons had at least one. The Falcons also posted 26 assists agaisnt Western State and 25 against Montana State.
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 fourth in the Mountain West with 3.8 assists per game, dished out a season-high eight against Western State and at UNLV and has 318 for his career.
Still a Solid Record at Clune
Including their 8-1 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 113 of its 150 home games, good for a .753 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 43 of their 73 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.589 pct).
Another Big Jump in the RPI
After producing the largest jump in the country last week in the NCAA RPI rankings (43 spots), the Falcons leaped another 25 spots this week and are ranked No. 71 in the latest rankings, released on Monday, Jan. 28. The Mountain West has seven teams in the top 71 of the NCAA RPI.
Most Points Ever in Mountain West Game
Air Force's 91 points vs. Boise State on Jan. 19 were the most scored by an Air Force team in a Mountain West game, surpassing the previous high of 88 against Wyoming on Feb. 3, 2007. It was also the third-most ever in any conference game and the most since scoring 92 against Hawaii on Jan. 18, 1996.
Mike Fitzgerald No. 6 on AFA's Career 3-Pt Percentage List
Senior Mike Fitzgerald attempted his 150th career 3-pointer last season against Johnson & Wales, making him eligible for Air Force's career list for three-point percentage. Fitzgerald is shooting 40.1 percent (101-for-252) for his career, placing him sixth on the list.
Todd Fletcher Sixth in Nation in Assist-Turnover Ratio
Senior point guard Todd Fletcher leads the Mountain West and is ranked No. 6 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 3.29. Fletcher has 69 assists and 21 turnovers in 18 games this season.