Falcons to Play UNLV in Mtn. West Quarterfinals
March 12, 2013
(6) Air Force Falcons vs. (3) UNLV Runnin Rebels
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
12 p.m. at Las Vegas, Nev.
Quarterfinals - Mtn. West Championships
Location Las Vegas, Nev.
Arena Thomas & Mack Center
Network Air Force / IMG Sports Network
Station AM 1300 KCSF, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Network CBS Sports Network
(DirecTV - 613; Dish - 158)
Play-by-Play Rich Cellini
Analysts Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb
Sideline Lauren Gardner
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 19-18, First Full Season
Dave Rice (UNLV, 1991)
UNLV 49-17, Second Season
Overall UNLV leads 29-9
at Las Vegas UNLV leads 19-1
First Game Jan. 10, 1981
Result Air Force won 51-50
Last Game Feb. 13, 2013
Result Air Force won 71-56
Current Streak Air Force - 1
Falcons Face UNLV at Mtn. West Championships
The sixth-seeded Air Force Falcons will face No. 3-seed UNLV in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Championships on Wednesday, March 13 at 12 p.m. (PT) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Air Force finished the 2012-13 regular season with a 17-12 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Mountain West following an 89-88 victory over #12/11 New Mexico Saturday in the regular-season finale at Clune Arena.
2013 Reese’s MW Basketball Championship Schedule
The 2013 Reese’s Mountain West Championship schedule (All times PST):
Tuesday, March 12
Game 1: #8 Wyoming vs. #9 Nevada 5 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Wednesday, March 13
Game 2: #3 UNLV vs. #6 Air Force 12 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Game 3: #2 Colorado State vs. #7 Fresno State 2:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Game 4: #1 New Mexico vs. Winner Game 1 6:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Game 5: #4 San Diego State vs. #5 Boise State 9 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Friday, March 15
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Game 7: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, March 16
Game 8: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 4 p.m. (CBS)
Conference Tournament History
Air Force is 6-26 overall in conference tournament play. The Falcons are 1-0 at home, 1-4 on
the road and 4-22 in neutral site games.
The Falcons have lost 14 consecutive conference tournament quarterfinal games, dating back to a 58-51
victory over #1 seed CSU in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals on March 8, 1990. That is still the biggest upset in WAC tournament history, as AFA entered the tournament as the #9 seed.
Air Force is 0-1 against UNLV in conference tournament action and 2-13 overall in the
Mountain West Conference Tournament.
Falcons Upset #12/11 UNM in Regular-Season Finale
Todd Fletcher hit a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining to give Air Force an 89-88 victory over No. 12 New Mexico on Saturday.
Tony Snell’s 3-point attempt from the right wing clanged off the iron as time expired, and Falcons fans stormed the court to celebrate the program’s first win over a top 12 team. Fletcher’s clutch shot came seconds after New Mexico’s Kendall Williams missed the back end of a 1-and-1.
Michael Lyons scored a game-high 30 points for Air Force, which snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Lobos. Lyons nailed a three-pointer with 12 seconds left to cut UNM’s lead to 87-86.
The game was a back-and-forth sprint, with the teams combining for a conference-record 30 3-pointers. Air Force was 15 of 31 from 3-point range, with New Mexico going 15 for 33.
Air Force Defeats Highest-Ranked Team in Program History
Air Force’s victory over #12/11 New Mexico marked the highest–ranked team Air Force has ever defeated. Air Force is now 4-79 against ranked opponents in program history. The three other 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.
Sixth Time Ever with 17 Overall and Eight League Wins
Air Force’s victory over New Mexico on Saturday marked just the sixth season in the 57-year history of the program that the Falcons have recorded 17 overall and eight conference victories. This is also the 16th season in program history with a winning record.
Michael Lyons Named First-Team All-Mountain West
Senior Michael Lyons was named to the all-Mountain West first-team this season. The league’s nine head coaches, along with a selected media panel, picked the all-conference teams.
Lyons, who has started all 29 games this season, finished the regular season as the league’s top scorer, averaging 18.3 points per game. He is also ranked fourth in the conference in field-goal percentage (47.2%) and scored at least 30 points in three league games this season, the only player in the Mtn. West to do so.
He is the first Falcon to earn a spot on the first team since since Dan Nwaelele in 2006-07. Lyons, the sixth player in program history to be named first-team all-conference, was a second-team selection last season and a third-team pick as a sophomore.
All But Two Losses to Winning Teams
The 11 teams that have defeated Air Force this season have a combined 226-111 record (.671 winning percentage). New Mexico is 26-5, Wichita State is 26-8, Florida is 24-6, Colorado State is 24-7, UNLV is
23-8, San Diego State is 21-9, Colorado is 20-10, Boise State is 21-9, Richmond is 18-13, Nevada is 12-18 and Fresno State is 11-18. 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.
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 13-3 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 3-10 when allowing more than 70. The three victories were an 86-72 triumph over Montana State , the 91-80 win over Boise State on Jan. 19 and Saturday’s 89-88 victory over New Mexico. The two losses when allowing less than 70 were at Fresno State on March 2 (56-41) and at San Diego State on March 6 (58-51).
One of the Best Seasons at Home in Program History
Air Force’s 13 wins at Clune Arena this season ties the third-most in program history for home wins in one season. The 2006-07 team won 16, the 2005-06 team won 15 and the 2003-04 team won 13. The Falcons’ 13-2 record (.867 winning percentage) is the eighth-best home winning percentage in program history.
Michael Lyons No. 4 on Career Scoring List
Senior Michael Lyons moved into solo possession of fourth place on Air Force’s career scoring list with 30 points against New Mexico on Saturday. 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, who passed Bob Beckel on the list, now has 1,527 career points and needs 24 points to move into the No. 3 spot.