Game notes: Rams close regular season at Air Force

March 2, 2012

Colorado State at Air Force | Game 29
March 3, 2012 | 2 p.m. MT | Colorado Springs, Colo. | Clune Arena (5,858)

COLORADO STATE RAMS AIR FORCE FALCONS
Record
18-10, 7-6 MW
Last Game
vs. No. 17/17 UNLV (W, 66-59)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
 Tim Miles
Overall Record
281-218 (17th Season)
Record at CSU
69-86 (Fifth Season)
Record
13-14, 3-10 MW
Last Game
at New Mexico (L, 86-56)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
Dave Pilipovich
Overall Record
2-4 (First Season)
Record at AFA
2-4 (First Season)
CSU STATISTICAL LEADERS AFA STATISTICAL LEADERS
Minutes Played/Game
Dorian Green (33.6)
Points/Game
Wes Eikmeier (15.7)
Rebounds/Game
Pierce Hornung (8.5)
Three-Pointers
Dorian Green/Wes Eikmeier (45)
Assists
Blocks
Will Bell (15)
Steals
Pierce Hornung (42)
Field-Goal %
Pierce Hornung (.636)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.868)
Three-Point %
Kaipo Sabas (.481)
Minutes Played/Game
Michael Lyons (32.9)
Points/Game
 Michael Lyons (15.4)
Rebounds/Game
 Taylor Broekhuis (4.8)
Three-Pointers
 Mike Fitzgerald (39)
Assists
 Todd Fletcher (87)
Blocks
Taylor Broekhuis (27)
Steals
 Todd Fletcher (44)
Field-Goal %
Taylor Broekhuis (.497)
Free-Throw %
Todd Fletcher (.936)
Three-Point %
Mike Fitzgerald (.375)
TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
Category CSU AFA
Points/Game 70.6 61.4
Points Allowed/Game 68.4 60.9
Field-Goal % .473 .442
Opponent Field-Goal % .435 .403
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .401 .326
Opponent Three-Point % .354 .312
Free-Throw % .771 .678
Rebounds/Game 31.4 29.2
Rebounding Margin +1.1 -5.5
Assists/Game 12.3 13.7
Turnovers/Game 12.8 12.9
Opponent Turnovers/Game 12.2 14.4
Steals/Game 5.3 6.9
Blocks/Game 2.0 3.1
BROADCAST INFORMATION
Television: The Mtn.
Play-by-play: Rich Cellini
Color Analyst: Andrea Lloyd
     DirecTV: 616
     Comcast Digital: 411
     Dish Network: N/A
 
Radio: Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
     Denver: 560 AM (KLZ)
     Fort Collins: 600 AM (KCOL)
     Streaming: CSURams.com/allaccess
     
Live Stats: GameTracker 
     CSURams.com

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Schedule/Results
Season Statistics

Opening tip
• Colorado State travels 120 miles down I-25 to face off against in-state rival Air Force in the teams' regular-season finale at the Falcons' Clune Arena.     
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Falcons is set for 2 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live on The Mtn.
• Rich Cellini (play-by-play) and Andrea Lloyd (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (411) and DirecTV (616).
• Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver) and 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins).
• Streaming audio and live stats are available at CSURams.com.

Rams quick hits
• Colorado State enters Saturday's regular-season finale at Air Force coming off a 66-59 home victory over the No. 17-ranked UNLV Runnin' Rebels. 
• CSU's come-from-behind victory over UNLV capped a 14-1 home record, that ranks as the top home mark in school history with a .933 winning percentage. 
• Colorado State completed a 7-0 home mark in Mountain West play in 2011-12, matching the undefeated league marks posted by the Rams' women's basketball and volleyball teams.  The three programs combined for a 21-0 mark against MW foes. 
• The Rams closed the 2011-12 season riding a 13-game winning streak at Moby Arena.  The streak ties for the 14th-longest active streak in NCAA Division I entering play this weekend.  
• Entering Saturday's regular-season final at Air Force, CSU ranks among the most efficient offensive teams in the country. The Rams lead the Mountain West in field-goal percentage (.473), three-point percentage (.401) and free-throw percentage (.771).
• Colorado State's 2011-12 non-conference slate ranks as one of the strongest in program history, and is rated No. 4 nationally by the NCAA (as of Feb. 27).
• Colorado State faced a school-record four ranked opponents in six matchups during the 2011-12 regular season.  The Rams posted a 3-3 record in those contests, picking up home wins over nationally ranked San Diego State, New Mexico and UNLV, while losing road contests against at Duke, at UNLV and at SDSU.    
• CSU's six total regular-season games against ranked foes ranks second in program annals only to the 1950-51 squad that played nationally ranked BYU and Wyoming four times each for a total of eight ranked games.  The Rams' three victories over ranked opponents marks a program-best for a single season. 
• Junior guard Wes Eikmeier enters play this weekend as the second-leading scorer in the Mountain West at 15.7 points per game, just 0.8 points per game behind SDSU's Jamaal Franklin. No CSU player has ever led the MW in scoring. 
• Junior guard Dorian Green has started 92 consecutive games - every game of his career at CSU - entering Saturday.
• Colorado State ranks as the only team in the Mountain West with two players - junior forwards Pierce Hornung and Greg Smith - that rank in the top seven in the league in rebounding. Hornung ranks third at 8.5 boards per game, while Smith is seventh (5.2 per game) after pulling down 25 boards in his last four games.
• Colorado State, with a win on Wednesday over No. 17/17 UNLV, completed an undefeated home record in conference play (7-0) for just the third time in program history.  The Rams also posted undefeated conference records at home in 1960-61 (8-0) and 1953-53 (7-0) in the Mountain States Conference, and in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (3-0) in 1913-14.   
• CSU's 16th victory of the season, Feb. 18 vs. rival Wyoming, guaranteed the Rams a second consecutive winning campaign for the first time under fifth-year Head Coach Tim Miles.
• Over the last three seasons, Colorado State has been impressive against its Front Range rivals - Colorado, Northern Colorado, Denver, Wyoming and Air Force - posting a 16-4 mark dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, including a 5-1 mark this season, with one game remaining at Air Force on Saturday.
• Colorado State freshman manager Kyle Pilipovich is the son of Air Force interim head coach Dave Pilipovich, who took over the Falcons' program seven games ago. 

About Air Force
• The Falcons enter Saturday's contest with an 13-14 overall record and are tied for seventh in the MW standings with Boise State at 3-10. 
• The Falcons are under the tutelage of interim head coach Dave Pilipovich, whose son Kyle is a freshman manager at Colorado State.  Pilipovich has led the Falcons to a 2-4 mark since taking over the reins of the Air Force program. 
• Following victories at Wyoming (58-53) and vs. then-No. 13-ranked San Diego State (58-56), The Falcons have lost three straight vs. TCU (65-62), and on the road against UNLV (68-58) and New Mexico (86-56). 
• Air Force is 10-6 this season at Clune Arena, but the Falcons have gone just 1-5 at home since the start of league play, following a 9-1 home against out-of-conference opponents. 
• The Falcons are led by junior guard Michael Lyons who enters Saturday's contest at 15.4 points per game, just behind league leaders Jamaal Franklin (16.5) from SDSU and CSU's Wes Eikmeier (15.7). 
• Junior center Taylor Broekhuis leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 4.8 boards per contest, which ranks 11th in the MW.  
• Air Force ranks last in the MW, in scoring offense (61.4 ppg), but the Falcons rank third in the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 60.9 points per game. 

Series vs. Air Force
• Saturday's matchup between the Rams and Falcons marks the 99th in the series between the programs.
• Colorado State leads the series, 67-31.
• The Rams defeated Air Force, 67-49, in the first matchup of the season at Moby Arena. 
• The Rams lead 28-18 all-time in games played at the Air Force Academy.
• The Falcons defeated the Rams in their last matchup at Clune Arena, 74-57. 
• The series between the schools dates back to the 1956-57 season, and the programs have played at least twice each season since the 1980-81 season.
• In 27 matchups since the formation of the Mountain West in 1999-2000, the Rams trail 14-13, including a stretch of eight straight wins by the Falcons from 2004-05 to 2007-08.
• Head Coach Tim Miles is 6-4 vs. Air Force in his fifth seasons at CSU, including a 2-2 mark against the Falcons at Clune Arena.

In the first meeting...
• The CSU men's basketball team cruised to a 67-49 home victory over the Air Force Falcons in the programs' first meeting of the season on Feb. 4. 
• CSU led 27-20 at halftime, and opened up the second half on a 24-10 to separate from the Falcons.
Pierce Hornung turned in one of the best efforts of his career, scoring a career-high 23 points and tying a career mark with 17 rebounds - including nine offensive boards - to lead CSU.
Dorian Green (12 points) and Wes Eikmeier (10) also scored in double figures, while Jesse Carr tallied eight points and a career-high eight rebounds. 
• Air Force was led by a 16-point effort from Michael Lyons.  Mike Fitzgerald added 15 points for the Falcons. 

A win over Air Force will...
• Move the Rams to 19-10 overall and 8-6 in the Mountain West.
• A 19th win would move the 2011-12 Rams up the program's all-time win charts into a tie for seventh
• Move the all-time series between the schools to 68-37 in favor of the Rams.
• Give the Rams their first conference road win of the season, snapping an nine-game road losing streak against league opponents that dates back to the end of the 2010-11 season.
• Move Colorado State's road record to 3-8, and give CSU its first overall road win since Dec. 28 at UTEP en route to the tournament championship at the Bank of the West Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

The Ram Report with Tim Miles
• Episode 8 of The Ram Report with Tim Miles taped Monday afternoon at Moby Arena.
• The weekly broadcast schedule includes air time on:
  - The Mtn. (Comcast Ch. 411): Tues.-Fri. at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
  - CSU-TV (Comcast Ch. 11) - Tues. at 5 p.m.
  - NoCo5 (Comcast Ch. 8) - Wed. at 5:30 and 10:35 p.m.
• Full episodes are also available via CSU's Youtube Channel.

Looking ahead
• Colorado State travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2012 Conoco Mountain West Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center, Thursday-Saturday. 
• Several seeding possibilities still exist heading into Saturday's regular-season finale at Air Force. The Rams own head-to-head tie breakers over UNLV, TCU and Wyoming, and could earn a three, four or five seed in the tourney. 

Milestone watch: Entering Air Force game...
Will Bell: needs five rebounds to reach 150 boards in two seasons in a Rams uniform since transferring to CSU from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.
Jesse Carr: closing in on milestones of 200 career rebounds and assists, with 196 boards and 188 helpers to his credit to date. Carr is also approaching 200 points on the season (185), something he hasn't accomplished since scoring 219 during a stellar freshman season.
Wes Eikmeier: is 21 points shy of 800 career points at the Division I level, with 704 at CSU and 75 at Iowa State for a total of 779 points. 
Dorian Green: is 25 points shy of 1,000 for his career. With at least two games remaining in the Rams' schedule in 2011-12, Green could eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season, to become the 19th player in program history to accomplish the feat. Also approaching 250-career assists (242) and 300 rebounds (272). 
Pierce Hornung: is 34 rebounds shy of 500 total boards, and needs just 11 offensive rebounds for 200 in a Rams uniform.
Greg Smith: closing in on milestones for career assists and steals, needing six helpers for 100 and nine takeaways for 50. Also needs four rebounds for 350 career boards and 51 points for 700 .    
 
Miles vs. the Centennial State
• The steady improvement in the Colorado State men's basketball team over the last four seasons under Head Coach Tim Miles can be seen in the Rams' regular-season record vs. the other four NCAA Division I programs in the state of Colorado.
• In Miles' first season, the Rams posted a 1-4 record against in-state rivals Colorado, Denver, Northern Colorado and Air Force (two games).
• During the 2008-09 season, Miles' second at CSU, the Rams improved to 3-2 in those contests.
• In Miles' third year, 2009-10, the Rams were impressive against their regional rivals, posting a 4-1 mark with the lone setback coming against a UNC team that went on to win 25 games.
• In 2010-11, the Rams once again posted a winning record vs. their in-state rivals, going 3-2 with wins over DU and UNC and a split vs. Air Force.
• This season, the Rams have posted a 4-0 mark against in-state rivals, with victories over Colorado (65-64), at Northern Colorado (92-78), vs. Denver (79-75) and vs. Air Force (67-49), with one more road tilt against the Falcons slated for Saturday.
• Overall, Miles has led the Rams' to a 15-9 record against in-state Division I rivals since taking over the program in 2007-08, and has compiled an impressive mark of 14-5 tally since the start of the 2008-09 campaign.