Falcons Host Wichita State on Sunday in MW / MVC Challenge
Nov. 30, 2012
Air Force Falcons (6-1) vs. Wichita State Shockers (7-0)
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012
3:05 p.m. at Clune Arena
Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge
Location USAFA, Colo.
Arena Clune Arena
Network Air Force / IMG Radio Network
Station AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Live Video goairforcefalcons.com
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 8-7, First Full Season
Gregg Marshall (Randolph-Macon, 1985)
Wichita State 116-61, Sixth Season
Overall 310-145, 15th Season
Overall First Meeting
6-1 Ties Best Start Ever
Air Force's 6-1 record ties the best start ever in program history after seven games. The Falcons have been 6-1 six times in the past, most recently during the 2006-07 campaign. Only two teams in program history, `05-06 and `06-07, have started a season 7-1.
Todd Fletcher No. 2 Nationally in Assist-Turnover Ratio
Senior point guard Todd Fletcher leads the Mountain West and is ranked No. 2 nationally in assist-turnover ratio at 7.75. Fletcher has 31 assists and just four turnovers in seven games this season.
Dave Pilipovich in First Full Season as Head Coach
Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh announced on March 3, 2012 that Dave Pilipovich agreed to become the permanent head coach of the Air Force men's basketball team. Pilipovich, the eighth head coach in program history, was in his fifth season on the Air Force coaching staff and first as associate head coach when he took over for Jeff Reynolds, who was relieved of his duties as head coach on Feb. 8.
Pilipovich won his first game as a collegiate head coach on Feb. 15 when Air Force defeated Wyoming 58-53 in Laramie, Wyo., then led the Falcons to their first-ever win over a top 20 team with a 58-56 victory over San Diego State on Feb. 18 at Clune Arena. He currently has a 8-7 career record.
The Falcons host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 2 p.m.
Air Force Still With Only Two Wins Against Ranked Teams
With its 89-74 loss to 23rd-ranked Colorado last Sunday, Air Force fell to 2-76 against ranked opponents in program history.
Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge
The 2012-13 edition of the MW/MVC Challenge is the final of a four-year agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences. Nine challenge games will be played this year, with the Missouri Valley hosting five and the Mountain West four. Bradley will not participate in the 2012-13 Challenge Series. Below is the 2012-13 MW/MVC Challenge schedule:
Date -- Game / Result
Nov. 17 -- San Diego State 60, @Missouri State 44
Nov. 28 -- Boise State 83, @Creighton 70
Nov. 28 -- @Southern Illinois 57, Fresno State 54
Dec. 1 -- Evansville at Colorado State
Dec. 1 -- Drake at Nevada
Dec. 1 -- New Mexico at Indiana State
Dec. 2 -- Wichita State at Air Force
Dec. 4 -- Wyoming at Illinois State
Dec. 19 -- Northern Iowa at UNLV
First Century Mark This Century
With its 102-68 victory over Western State on Nov. 15, Air Force hit the 100-point mark for the first time since Feb. 16, 1999 (111-88 victory over Denver). It was the 18th time Air Force has hit the century mark in program history.
Still a Solid Record at Clune
Including their 4-0 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 109 of its 145 home games, good for a .752 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 41 of their 71 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.563 pct).
Falcons Claim Second Straight All-Military Classic Title
Air Force opened the 2012-13 season with a pair of victories at the second annual All-Military Classic. The Falcons used a second-half rally to defeat service-academy rival Army, 76-65, in the first round, then downed Citadel, 77-70, in the championship game.
Senior guard Michael Lyons was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 26 points and three rebounds in the two games. Lyons scored a career-high 33 points against Citadel in the title game, shooting 7-of-12 from three-point range. Fellow senior Kyle Green added a career-high 18 points and senior Todd Fletcher dished out five assists against Citadel.
This was the second of a four-year contract for the All-Military Classic, with each school hosting once. VMI will host in 2013 and Army in `14. The tournament will be played each year during Veteran's Day weekend.
All-Military Classic Results
Saturday, Nov. 10
Air Force 76, Army 65
Citadel 84, VMI 76
Sunday, Nov. 11
Army 84, VMI 76 (Third-Place Game)
Air Force 77, Citadel 70 (Championship Game)
Michael Lyons Moving Up Scoring List
Senior Michael Lyons became the 23rd player in Air Force history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the first half 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 20 points against Colorado last Sunday, Lyons moved into the No. 12 spot on the school's career scoring list and now has 1,142 points.
Most Assists in One Game Since 1997
Air Force had 26 assists in its victory over Western State on Nov. 15, the most in one game since a school-record 36 against Doane on Nov. 22, 1997. Todd Fletcher dished out a game-high eight, one shy of his career high. The Falcons also posted 25 assists, including six by Fletcher, against Montana State.
In addition, the Falcons' five turnovers vs. WSCU were the fewest in one game since a school-record three against Wyoming on March 8, 2007.
Todd Fletcher Moves Into Sixth on Career Assist List
Senior Todd Fletcher moved into sixth place on AFA's career assist list against Jackson State on Wednesday. Fletcher, who is ranked third in the Mountain West with 4.43 assists per game, dished out a season-high eight against Western State on Nov. 15.
Third-Largest Margin of Victory in Consecutive Games
With their 102-68 victory over Western State on Nov. 15 and 83-43 win over Regis on Nov. 18, the Falcons matched the third largest margin of victory (74 points) in back-to-back games in program history.
Margin -- Opponents (Score, Date)
84 -- Colorado College (104-53, 2/6/57) and Eastern New Mexico (102-69, 2/9/57)
83 -- Regis (107-49, 12/20/88) and Portland (91-66, 12/22/88)
74 -- Western State (102-68, 11/15/12) and Regis (83-43, 11/18/12)
74 -- Doane College (124-57, 11/22/97) and Regis (72-65, 11/25/97)
72 -- Stanford (79-45, 11/15/06) and Colorado (84-46, 11/18/06)
Freshmen Making Huge Impact So Far
Freshmen Cameron Michael and Tre' Coggins have made the most out of their playing time this season. Michael, from Loveland, Colo., scored a career-high 18 points, all in the second half, against Western State on Nov. 15 then added 15 against Regis on Nov. 18. He shot 78.5 percent (11-of-14) from the field and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from three-point range in the two games.
Coggins, meanwhile, posted career-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds against Regis, shooting 4-of-6 from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the line.
Lyons Leads Conference in Scoring
Michael Lyons currently leads the Mountain West in scoring at 20.7 points per game. Lyons, who scored a career-high 33 against Citadel on Nov. 11, has hit double figures in all seven games this season. He is ranked third in the conference in 3-pointers made per game (2.57), 3-point percentage (41.9%) and field-goal percentage at 52.1 percent (49-of-94).
Broekhuis Comes up Big vs. Western State
Taylor Broekhuis scored a career-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field last Thursday against Western State. Broekhuis was a perfect 2-of-2 from three-point range against the Mountaineers and is shooting 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from long range this season.
Mike Fitzgerald Top 10 on AFA's Career 3-Pt Percentage 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 percent (87-for-223) for his career, placing him No. 9 on the list.