Falcons Open Second Half of Mountain West Action at Nevada
Feb. 8, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Nevada Wolf Pack
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
3 p.m. (PT) at Reno, Nev.
Location Reno, Nev.
Arena Lawlor Events Center
Network Air Force / IMG Sports Network
Station AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Web Streaming NevadaWolfPack.tv (fee service)
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 16-13, First Full Season
David Carter (St. Mary’s, 1989)
Nevada 73-50, Fourth Season
Overall Air Force leads 1-0
At Reno First Meeting
First Game Jan. 9, 2013
Result Air Force won 78-65
Current Streak Air Force - 1
Falcons Play at Nevada on Saturday
The Air Force men’s basketball team opens the second half of the conference slate on Saturday, Feb. 9 against the Nevada Wolf Pack in Reno, Nev. Tip-off at the Lawlor Events Center is scheduled for 3 p.m. (PT). Air Force fell to 14-7 and 5-3 in the league after dropping an 81-58 decision to #15/16 New Mexico Wednesday in Albuquerque. Nevada is 11-11 overall and 2-6 in league play following a 73-69 loss to Colorado State at home on Wednesday. The Falcons are tied for third in the Mountain West standings while Nevada is tied for seventh.
5-3 is Fifth-Best Start Ever in League Play
Air Force’s 5-3 record in the Mountain West is the fifth-best start ever in program history after eight league games. The Falcons have been 7-1 once in the past (2003-04), 6-2 three times (2004-05, ‘05-06 and ‘06-07) and this is the first time at 5-3.
Five League Wins a Rarity
With its 70-67 victory over San Diego State last Saturday, this is just the ninth season since Air Force joined a conference in 1980-81 that it has won at least five conference games .
Air Force Gets Third Win Ever Against Ranked Teams
With its 70-67 victory over #22/20 San Diego State last Saturday, Air Force improved to 3-78 against ranked opponents in program history. Air Force has faced five ranked teams this season, including the 81-58 loss to #15/16 New Mexico on Wednesday. The two previous victories in program history came against No. 21 UTEP (75-72) on Feb. 15, 1992 and No. 13 San Diego State (58-56) on Feb. 18, 2012.
All Seven Losses to Winning Teams
The seven teams that have defeated Air Force this season have a combined 122-37 record (.767 winning percentage). New Mexico is 20-3, Wichita State is 19-5, Florida is 18-3, Colorado State is 19-4, UNLV is 17-6, Colorado is 15-7 and Richmond is 14-9. New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, UNLV and Wichita State have all been in the Top 25 this season.
The Falcons host UNLV on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Clune Arena beginning at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Net. UNLV beat AFA, 76-71 in overtime, on Jan. 12 in Las Vegas.
Michael Lyons Moves Into No. 6 Spot on Career Scoring List
Senior Michael Lyons moved into sixth place on Air Force’s career scoring list with 16 points against New Mexico on Wednesday. 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 1,375 career points and needs 11 to move into fifth place.
First Wire-to-Wire League Win in Over Two Years
Air Force led wire-to-wire in its 57-48 victory at Wyoming on Jan. 26, 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.
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 10-2 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 4-5 when scoring less than 70. Defensively speaking, the Falcons are a perfect 12-0 when allowing 70 points or less and 2-7 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 Jan. 19.
Most Assists in One Game Since 1997
Air Force had 27 assists in its victory over New Orleans on Jan. 23, 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.
Lyons No. 2 in the Mountain West in Scoring
Michael Lyons is ranked No. 2 in the Mountain West in scoring, averaging 18.0 points per game. He scored a career-high 37 points on Jan. 19 against Boise State and is ranked 49th in the nation in scoring according to the latest NCAA Division I rankings released on Friday, Feb. 8.
Still a Solid Record at Clune
Including their 10-1 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 115 of its 152 home games, good for a .757 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 45 of their 75 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.600 pct).
Another Jump in the RPI
Air Force jumped three spots to No. 68 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, released on Monday, Feb. 4. The Mountain West has seven teams in the top 68 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.
Todd Fletcher in Top 10 on Several Career Lists
Senior Todd Fletcher is in the top 10 on several career lists at Air Force. He moved into fourth place on AFA’s career assist list against New Mexico on Wednesday with six assists. Fletcher, who is fourth in the Mountain West with 4.1 assists per game, dished out a season-high eight against Western State and at UNLV and has 334 for his career. The school began keeping assists as a season total in 1972.
Fletcher is also in the top 10 for games started, steals and games played.
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 39.7 percent (104-for-262) for his career, placing him sixth on the list.
Todd Fletcher Fifth in Nation in Assist-Turnover Ratio
Senior point guard Todd Fletcher leads the Mountain West and is ranked No. 5 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 3.15. Fletcher has 85 assists and 27 turnovers in 21 games this season.
Unbelievable Free-Throw Shooting Lately
Air Force is by far the best free-throw shooting team in the Mountain West in conference games only. After shooting just 65.8 percent from the line in the 12 games prior to starting conference play, the Falcons are shooting 82.1 percent (110-134) from the stripe in its eight league games. Boise State is No. 2 in the MW for conference games only at 76.2 percent.
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.