Falcons Open Second Half of MW Play by Hosting Boise State
Feb. 9, 2012
GAME #22Air Force Falcons vs. Boise State BroncosSaturday, Feb. 11, 20127 p.m. at Clune Arena (CBSSN) SITELocation USAFA, Colo.Arena Clune ArenaCapacity 5,858 RADIONetwork Air Force / IMG Sports NetworkStation AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.Play-by-Play Jim ArthurAnalyst Matt Pauley TELEVISIONNetwork CBS Sports NetworkPlay-by-Play James BatesAnalyst Steve Lappas INTERNETLive Stats goairforcefalcons.com COACHESDave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)Air Force 0-0, First Season as Head CoachOverall Same Leon Rice (Washington State, 1986)Boise State 32-25, Second SeasonOverall Same ALL-TIME SERIESOverall Series tied 1-1At USAFA First MeetingFirst Game Dec. 27, 1991Result Boise State won 77-68Last Game Jan. 14, 2012Result Air Force won 74-59Current Streak Air Force - 1 Dave Pilipovich Named New Head CoachDave Pilipovich became the eighth head coach in the history of the Air Force men’s basketball program on February 8, 2012. Pilipovich was in his fifth season as a member of the coaching staff and first as associate head coach when he was promoted to head coach after Jeff Reynolds was relieved of his duties.Pilipovich helped Air Force to a 16-14 record in his first season as an assistant (2007-08) and was instrumental in the Falcons making the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last year, the team’s first postseason appearance since 2007. Jeff Reynolds Relieved of his Duties as Head CoachAir Force men’s basketball coach Jeff Reynolds was relieved of his duties effective immediately as announced on Feb. 8 by Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh. Reynolds was in his fifth season at Air Force with a 63-82 overall record. Reynolds, the seventh head coach in Air Force basketball history, guided the Falcons to a 16-16 record in 2010-11 and a spot in the CollegeInsider.com tournament, AFA’s first post-season appearance since 2007.Air Force was 10-21 in 2009-10 and 2008-09 and 16-14 in his first season in 2007-08. Reynolds, who served as an assistant coach with the Falcons for two seasons before his promotion to head coach on April 17, 2007, has an overall career record of 145-116 in nine seasons. Falcons Host Boise State in First Game of Second HalfThe Air Force Falcons open the second half of Mountain West play on Saturday, Feb. 11 against the Boise State Broncos at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast locally on AM 740 KVOR and televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. The Falcons are 11-10 and 1-6 in league play after losing at Colorado State 67-49 on Saturday, while Boise State is 10-12 and 0-7 after falling to New Mexico, 65-49, on Saturday in Boise, Idaho. Air Force Falls to Colorado StateMichael Lyons scored a team-high 16 points and Mike Fitzgerald added 15, but the Falcons scored less than 50 points for the second straight game and lost to Colorado State 67-49 last Saturday night in Fort Collins. Pierce Hornung led Colorado State with a career-high 23 points and matched a career best with 17 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and third of his career. Dorian Green had 12 points and Wes Eikmeier added 10 for the Rams. Up NextThe Falcons travel to Laramie, Wyo., to take on the Wyoming Cowboys on Wednesday, Feb. 15, beginning at 6 p.m. All 10 Losses to Winning TeamsThe 10 teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 173-60 (.742 winning percentage) this season and all 10 currently have a winning record. Still Looking For Second-Ever Win Against Ranked TeamAir Force is 1-74 against ranked teams in program history. The lone victory came on Feb. 15, 1992, a 75-72 win over 21st-ranked UTEP at Clune Arena. Falcons Win Inaugural All-Military ClassicAir Force opened its 2011-12 season Nov. 11-12 with a pair of victories at the First Annual All-Military Classic. The Falcons used a second-half rally to defeat service-academy rival Army, 87-71, in the first round, then downed VMI, 75-65, in the championship game.Junior guard Michael Lyons was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 22 points and eight rebounds, while fellow junior Todd Fletcher was named to the all-tournament team after dishing out a career-high seven assists in each game.This was the first of a four-year contract for the All-Miltary Classic, with each school hosting once. Citadel will host in 2012, VMI in ‘13 and Army in ‘14. The tournament will be played each year during Veteran’s Day weekend. Air Force Captures Third Place at Cable Car ClassicAir Force defeated Eastern Michigan, 42-37, in the consolation game of the Cable Car Classic. Todd Fletcher scored a career-high 18 points and freshman Colt Barnhill posted career-highs of five points and five rebounds. Freshman Kamryn Williams also pulled down a career-best five boards. The Falcons used a 17-5 run to open the second half to build a 35-25 lead with 7:52 remaining and never led by less than three points the rest of the way. Air Force held EMU to just 1-of-14 shooting from three-point range. Fletcher was named to the all-tournament team. Third-Fewest Points Ever in a VictoryAir Force’s 42 points against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 30 were the third-fewest in a victory in school history and the fewest since a 39-36 win over Cornell on Dec. 29, 1981. The school record for fewest points in a victory is a 30-19 win over Regis on Dec. 12, 1978. Still a Great Record at CluneIncluding their 9-4 record this season, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last eight seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 104 of its 138 home games, good for a .754 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 67 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.597 pct). Fletcher 22nd Player to Reach 200 AssistsWith his two assists against Texas-Pan American on Jan. 9, junior Todd Fletcher became the 22nd player in school history to dish out 200 career assists. The school began keeping assists as a season total in 1972. He his currently ranked 15th on the school’s career list with 222 assists. Broekhuis, Williams Each Pick Up First Career Double-DoubleJunior Taylor Broekhuis played arguably the best game of his career in the championship game of the All-Military Classic on Nov. 12 against VMI. The 6-10 center from Colorado Springs scored 18 points, two shy of his career high, and pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds to post the first double-double of his career. His 12 rebounds were the most by a Falcon in one game since Jacob Burtschi hauled down 12 at Stanford on Nov. 15, 2006. Broekhuis collected his second career double-double on Jan. 14 at Boise State with 15 points and 10 boards.Kamryn Williams posted his first career double-double on Jan. 9 against Texas-Pan American with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. His seven offensive rebounds were the most by a Falcon in one game since Burtschi had seven vs. IPFW on Dec. 31, 2005. Most Assists in Over a DecadeAir Force recorded 25 assists in the season-opener against Army, the most in one game by an AFA team since dishing out 25 against Long Beach State on Nov. 21, 2000. The Falcons added 20 assists the next day against VMI.Individually, junior Todd Fletcher had a career-high seven assists in each of his first two games and is No. 7 in the Mountain West with 3.24 per game. Carter Ties School Record for Steals in First Career GameFive freshmen saw action for Air Force during the opening weekend, but none had a better start than Chris Carter. The 6-3 guard from Port St. Lucie, Fla., had nine points, seven rebounds and seven steals in his first career game against Army. His seven steals tied the school record for one game and were the most by a Falcon since Tim Anderson, the 2007-08 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, had seven against San Diego State at the Mountain West Tournament on March 13, 2008. Falcons Playing Solid "D" This SeasonAir Force’s defense has been very strong this season. After allowing an average of 62.2 points per game their first five games, the Falcons have allowed just 58.3 points per game the last 16 and Air Force has not allowed more than 65 points in nine of its last 11 games. Opponents are shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from 3-point range this season and New Mexico became the first team this season to shoot better than 50 percent from the field against the Falcons. Fitzgerald No. 6 on AFA’s Career 3-Point Percentage ListJunior Mike Fitzgerald attempted his 150th career 3-pointer on Jan. 3 against Johnson & Wales, making him eligible for Air Force’s career list for three-point percentage. Fitzgerald is shooting 40 percent (74-for-185) for his career, placing him No. 6 on the list. Falcons 17th in the Nation in Scoring DefenseAir Force is ranked 17th in the nation (338 teams ranked) in scoring defense according to the national Division I statistical summary released by the NCAA on Monday, Feb. 6. The Falcons are allowing just 58.9 points per game. Lyons in Search of 1,000 PointsJunior Michael Lyons is on track to become the 23rd player in Air Force history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Lyons, who has appeared in 77 career games, has 851 career points and is 39th on the school’s career scoring list. The last Falcon to join the 1,000-point club was Matt McCraw in 2007. The last junior to join the club was Otis Jones in 1994. 60 Points Seems to be the KeyAir Force is 9-5 this season when it scores 60 points or more and 2-5 when scoring less than 60. The two wins were against Wright State (55-34) and Eastern Michigan (42-37).Defensively speaking, the Falcons are 8-2 when allowing less than 60 points and 3-8 when allowing 60 or more.