Nov. 15, 2012
Taylor Broekhuis scored a career-high 23 points and Air Force scored 100 points in a game for the first time since 1999 as the Falcons defeated Western State Colorado University 102-68 Thursday at Clune Arena. Freshman Cameron Michael added a career-high 18 points for Air Force, which improved to 3-0 this season. WSCU, meanwhile, fell to 0-2.
After falling behind 3-0 early, senior Todd Fletcher scored five straight points to spark an 11-0 run and the Falcons never looked back. Western State Colorado cut the lead to five a couple of times in the first half, but senior Michael Lyons scored 12 points in the first half and Broekhuis added 11 as the Falcons held a 47-37 advantage at halftime.
"I challenged our team at halftime," said Air Force head coach Dave Pilipovich. "I told them we need to come out like we were down 10. I told them we need to come out and set the tone in the first five minutes. I was really pleased that we were able to build a lead in those first five minutes with our starters and our reserves came in and didn't give anything up, then continued to build the lead."
Broekhuis scored the first seven points of the second half to put the game out of reach and Pilipovich was able to play his entire bench in the second half. Air Force's 102 points were the most in one game since defeating Denver 111-88 on Feb. 16, 1999.
Cameron Michael scored all 18 of his points in the second half on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and the free throw line. He also made three of his four 3-point attempts and added three rebounds. Senior guard Todd Fletcher led the Falcons with a career-high eight rebounds and had eight points and eight assists. The Falcons had 26 assists, the most in one game since a school-record 36 against Doane on Nov. 22, 1997, and just five turnovers.
"We gave up too many points," said Pilipovich. "That's not a knock on them. They spread the floor and made us chase them. In the second half, Todd Fletcher really set the tone for us. The seniors were really good for us. Taylor Broekhuis was really good tonight."
The Falcons host Regis University on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.