Falcons to Host #12/11 UNM Before Sellout Crowd in Regular-Season Finale
March 8, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. #12/11 New Mexico Lobos
Saturday, March 9, 2013
4 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
Network Altitude Sports
(DirecTV - 681; Dish - 410; Comcast - 54)
Play-by-Play Todd Romero
Analyst Marty Fletcher
Sideline Mark Randall
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 18-18, First Full Season
Steve Alford (Indiana, 1987)
New Mexico 152-50, Sixth Season
Overall 460-233, 22nd Season
Overall New Mexico leads 53-18
At USAFA New Mexico leads 19-12
First Game Dec. 7, 1957
Result Air Force won 68-50
Last Game Feb. 6, 2013
Result New Mexico won 81-58
Current Streak New Mexico - 13
Falcons Host #12/11 UNM in Regular-Season Finale
The Air Force men’s basketball team wraps up the 2012-13 regular season on Saturday, March 9 against the #12/11 New Mexico Lobosat Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised by Altitude Sports. Air Force fell to 16-12 and 7-8 in the Mountain West after a 58-51 loss at San Diego State on Wednesday. New Mexico is 26-4 overall and 13-2 in the league following a 75-62 victory at Nevada on Wednesday. Air Force, which lost to UNM 81-58 on Feb. 6 in Albuquerque, is in sixth place in the Mountain West standings, while the Lobos have clinched the Mountain West regular season title outright.
Senior Day on Saturday
Saturday’s game against New Mexico will be the final game at Clune Arena for Air Force’s five seniors, Michael Lyons, Todd Fletcher, Mike Fitzgerald, Taylor Broekhuis and Kyle Green. The five players will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.
Falcons Still Have a Chance For Fifth Place in League
Air Force, picked ninth in the pre-season Mountain West poll, can finish no worse than sixth place in the Mountain West standings, but could move into the No. 5 spot with a victory over New Mexico and a San Diego State victory at Boise State on Saturday. That would produce a tie between Air Force and Boise State for fifth place and the Falcons would win the tiebreaker based on their victory over UNM.
Win over Wyoming Secures Winning Season
Air Force’s 72-66 victory over Wyoming on Feb. 26 secured the 16th winning season in the 57-year history of the program. The victory also marked the 10th season in program history with at least 16 wins.
Seven League Wins a Rarity
In addition, the victory over Wyoming produced just the sixth season since Air Force joined a conference in 1980-81 that it has won at least seven conference games.
The Falcons will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 2013 Reese’s Mountain West Basketball Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Falcons will play their quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 13. If Air Force is the No. 6 seed, it will play at 12 p.m. (PT), if it is the No. 5 seed, it will play at 9 p.m. (PT).
Michael Lyons No. 5 on Career Scoring List
Senior Michael Lyons moved into solo possession of fifth place on Air Force’s career scoring list with 27 points against UNLV on Feb. 13. 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. With his 10 points at San Diego State on Wednesday, Lyons has 1,497 career points.
All But Two Losses to Winning Teams
The 11 teams that have defeated Air Force this season have a combined 220-104 record (.679 winning percentage). New Mexico is 26-4, Wichita State is 24-7, Florida is 24-5, Colorado State is 23-7, UNLV is
23-7, San Diego State is 21-8, Colorado is 20-9, Boise State is 20-9, Richmond is 17-13, Nevada is 12-17 and Fresno State is 10-18. Seven of the teams, New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, UNLV, Wichita State, Colorado State and San Diego State, have all been ranked in the Top 25 at some point this season.
Lyons Leads the Mountain West in Scoring
Michael Lyons continues to lead the Mountain West in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game. Lyons is ranked 51st in the nation in scoring according to the latest NCAA Division I rankings released on Friday, March 8.
Still a Solid Record at Clune
Including their 12-2 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 117 of its 155 home games, good for a .755 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 47 of their 79 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.595 pct).
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 12-3 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 4-9 when scoring less than 70. Defensively speaking, the Falcons are 14-2 when allowing 70 points or less and 2-10 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. The two losses when allowing less than 70 have been the last two games, at Fresno State last Saturday (56-41) and at San Diego State on Wednesday (58-51).
Todd Fletcher No. 3 All-Time in Assists
Senior Todd Fletcher is in the top 10 on several career lists at Air Force. He moved into third place on AFA’s all-time assist list against San Diego State on Wednesday with 356 for his career. Fletcher, who is fifth in the Mountain West with 3.8 assists per game, dished out a season-high eight at UNLV. The school began keeping assists as a season total in 1972.
Mike Fitzgerald Tied For No. 7 on AFA’s Career 3-Pt Pct. 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 39.4 percent (113-for-287) for his career, placing him in a tie for seventh 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 3.24. Fletcher has 107 assists and just 33 turnovers in 28 games this season.
Air Force Still Has Only Three Wins Against Ranked Teams
With its 89-86 loss to No. 24 Colorado State on Jan. 16, Air Force is now 3-79 against ranked opponents in program history. Air Force has faced six ranked teams this season. The three victories in program history came against No. 21 UTEP (75-72) on Feb. 15, 1992, No. 13 San Diego State (58-56) on Feb. 18, 2012 and #22/20 San Diego State (70-67) on Feb. 2, 2013.