Falcons Travel to Laramie for Rematch with Wyoming

Feb. 13, 2012

GAME #23
Air Force Falcons (11-11, 1-7 MW) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (18-6, 4-4 MW)
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
6 p.m. at Laramie, WY (The Mtn.)

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SITE
Location Laramie, Wyo.
Arena Arena Auditorium
Capacity 15,000
 
RADIO
Network Air Force / IMG Sports Network
Station AM 1300 KCSF, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
 
TELEVISION
Network The Mtn.
Play-by-Play Jerry Schemmel
Analyst Blaine Fowler
 
INTERNET
Live Stats goairforcefalcons.com
 
COACHES
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 0-1, First Season as Head Coach
Overall Same
Larry Shyatt (College of Wooster, 1973)
Wyoming 37-15, Second Season
Overall 107-99, Seventh Season
 
ALL-TIME SERIES
Overall Wyoming leads 73-30
At Laramie Wyoming leads 37-11
First Game Feb. 25, 1958
Result Air Force won 78-73
Last Game Jan. 18, 2012
Result Wyoming won 64-53
Current Streak Wyoming - 2
 
Dave Pilipovich Named New Head Coach
Dave 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 Coach
Air 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 Travel to Laramie for Rematch with Wyoming
The Air Force Falcons travel to Laramie, Wyo., to face the Wyoming Cowboys on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Arena Auditorium. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast locally on AM 1300 KCSF and televised nationally on The Mtn. The Falcons are 11-11 and 1-7 in league play after losing to Boise State, 72-61, on Saturday at home, while Wyoming fell to 18-6 and 4-4 after falling to New Mexico, 48-38, on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
 
Air Force Falls to Boise State
Michael Lyons scored a game-high 24 points but the Falcons allowed Boise State to score 45 points in the second half and capture a 72-61 victory at Clune Arena Saturday, handing the Falcons their seventh straight loss and spoiling the head coaching debut of Dave Pilipovich. Lyons shot 9-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from three-point range. Taylor Broekhuis added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Todd Fletcher dished out a career-best nine assists. The Broncos were led by Joe Hanstad, who scored a career-high 19 points and was 4-of-9 from three-point range. Anthony Drmic chipped in with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
 
Up Next
The Falcons return home to face No. 13/14 San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
 
10 of 11 Losses to Winning Teams
The 11 teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 192-76 (.716 winning percentage) this season and 10 of the 11 currently have a winning record.
 
Still Looking For Second-Ever Win Against Ranked Team
Air 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 Classic
Air 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 Classic
Air 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 Victory
Air 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 Clune
Including their 9-5 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 139 home games, good for a .748 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 68 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.588 pct).
 
Fletcher 15th on Career Assist List
With 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 231 assists.
 
Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge
The 2011-12 edition of the MWC/MVC Challenge was the third in a four-year agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences. Eight Challenge games were played this year, with each conference winning four games. Illinois State and Southern Illinois were the two Valley teams that did not participate in the 2011-12 Challenge Series. Below are the 2011-12 MW/MVC Challenge results:
 
Date Result
Nov. 30 Creighton 85, San Diego State 83
Dec. 3 Drake 62, Air Force 60
Dec. 3 Boise State 74, Indiana State 65
Dec. 3 Northern Iowa 83, Colorado State 77
Dec. 3 New Mexico 76, Missouri State 60
Dec. 3 TCU 70, Evansville 68 (ot)
Dec. 3 Wyoming 66, Bradley 49
Dec. 4 Wichita State 89, UNLV 70
 
Broekhuis, Williams Each Pick Up First Career Double-Double
Junior 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 Decade
Air 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 seven assists in each of his first two games and is No. 7 in the Mountain West with 3.5 per game.
 
Carter Ties School Record for Steals in First Career Game
Five 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.
 
Fitzgerald No. 6 on AFA’s Career 3-Point Percentage List
Junior 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 39.7 percent (75-for-189) for his career, placing him No. 6 on the list.
 
Falcons 24th in the Nation in Scoring Defense
Air Force is ranked 24th in the nation (338 teams ranked) in scoring defense according to the national Division I statistical summary released by the NCAA on Monday, Feb. 13. The Falcons are allowing just 59.8 points per game.
 
Lyons in Search of 1,000 Points
Junior 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 78 career games, has 875 career points and is 37th 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 Key
Air Force is 9-6 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 3-9 when allowing 60 or more.