Air Force vs. defending champion Nevada
Jan. 4, 2018

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THE GAME

Air Force returns home after a two-game road trip to open conference play. The Falcons host Nevada Saturday, Jan. 6, at Noon MT in Clune Arena. Air Force is coming off a mid-week open date in the schedule.    

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television: AT&T SN (Drew Goodman, Marty Fletcher)

Radio:........ KVOR AM 740 (Jim Arthur)

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Quick Facts         Air Force                                                     Nevada

Record:............ 6-8                                                                 14-3

Conf. Record:... 0-2                                                                 3-0

Streak:............. L 2                                                                  W 3

Last Game:....... at Fresno State (12-30)                          vs. Wyoming (1/3)

Result:............. L 59-71                                                          W 92-83

Next Game:..... vs. UNLV (1/10)                                        Utah State (1/13)

Conference:..... Mountain West                                        Mountain West

Nickname:....... Falcons                                                         Wolf Pack

Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO                             Reno, NV

Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com                        NevadaWolfPack.com

 

THE COACHES

Category              Air Force                                                     Nevada

Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich  Eric Musselman

Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986                                  San Diego, 1987

School Record.. 78-102 (6th season)                                66-24 (3rd season)

Career Record.. Same                                                            Same

 

THE SERIES

Overall.................................................................. Nevada leads, 8-2

First Meeting......................................................... Jan. 9, 2013 at USAFA (Air Force 78-65)

Last Meeting......................................................... Feb. 15, 2017 at USAFA (Nevada, 78-59)

Streaks.................................................................. Nevada W 4

 

THE SERIES

Air Force and Nevada are meeting for the 11th time overall, all as conference foes. Nevada leads the series, 8-2. Air Force is 0-5 on the road and 2-3 at home. Nevada has won four straight. UNR swept the season series last season, beating Air Force, 83-76, at Nevada and  78-59 at the Academy. Air Force’s last win in the series came Feb. 25, 2015, at the Academy, 75-50. The team’s first played on Jan. 9, 2013 at the Academy. Air Force won the game, 78-65.

 

LAST SEASON VS. NEVADA

(Feb. 15, 2017 at Air Force) Cameron Oliver scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Nevada past Air Force, 78-59 in a Mountain West game in Clune Arena at the Academy.

Nevada closed the half with a 7-2 spurt to take a 41-28 halftime lead. The Falcons opened the second half with a 6-2 run to cut the lead to nine points, 43-34, with 17:23 remaining, but the Wolf Pack build the lead back to double figures and controlled the game the rest of the way. Air Force got as close as 12 points three times, the last coming with 6:50 remaining, 65-43. Nevada led by as many as 20 points on several occasions, the last coming with 3:00 minutes remaining, 75-55.

Nevada shot 52 percent from the field, including 54.2 percent from 3-point territory. Oliver led the way, hitting nine of 12 field goals. The Wolf Pack out-rebounded Air Force, 42-22, and had 19 assists on 26 made field goals. D.J. Fenner added 15 points and four assists. Jordan Caroline added 10 points and eight rebounds while Marcus Marshall chipped in with 10 points and a team-best five assists.

Air Force was led by freshman Sid Tomes, who scored a career-high 18 points in a career-best 28 minutes. Hayden Graham added 14 points and four rebounds, but was hampered with foul trouble and played just 21 minutes. Air Force shot just 39.3 percent from the field, including 26.7 percent from three on eight-of-30 shooting.

 

(Jan. 18, 2017 at Nevada) D.J. Fenner scored 30 points and Marcus Marshall added 25 to lead Nevada past Air Force, 83-76, Jan. 18 in a Mountain West men’s basketball game in the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev.

Air Force out-scored Nevada, 26-10, over an 8:30 stretch in the second half to tie the game at 59-all with 8:49 remaining, but was never able to overtake the Wolf Pack. Nevada stretched the lead back to eight points, 76-68, with 1:17 to play. Air Force got as close a four points after that, but Marshall hit five of six free throws in the final 28 seconds to secure the win for the Wolf Pack.

Nevada closed the first half on a 12-0 run over the last 5:06 to take a 42-27 halftime lead. The Falcons went scoreless over the last 6:40 of the half, missing its last six field goal attempts and committing eight turnovers during the stretch. The Wolf Pack had its biggest lead of 16 points, 49-33, with 17:19 to play before the Falcons made their run.

Nevada hit 54.5 percent from the field, including 37.0 from 3-point range. Fenner hit 11-of-18 field goals and had five rebounds while Marshall was 8-17. Cameron Oliver added 10 points and five rebounds while Lindsey Drew had nine points and a game-high eight assists.

Air Force was led by Jacob Van, who scored 17 points. Frank Toohey added 15 points and 11 rebounds to notch his second double-double of the season. Ryan Manning had 15 points off the bench and Hayden Graham chipped in with 10. Trevor Lyons scored eight points and had a season-high seven rebounds and a career-best four steals.

The Falcons hit 43.1 percent from the field, including 32.1 percent from 3-point territory. Air Force hit nine threes, the most since hitting 10 vs. Utah State Dec. 31. The Falcons out-rebounded Nevada, 37-27, and had 18 assists on 25 field goals. The team matched a season high with 10 steals.

 

AIR FORCE LAST WEEK

(Dec. 30 at Fresno State)

Deshon Taylor scored 18 points and Ray Bowles added 16 points to lead Fresno State past Air Force, 71-59, Dec. 30 in a Mountain West game in the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

Taylor scored six of Fresno State’s final eight points over the final 2:46, hitting four of six free throws, to help the Bulldogs put the game away late. Air Force had cut the lead to seven points, 63-56, on a layup by Trevor Lyons, but the Falcons managed just three free throws the rest of the way as Fresno State out-scored them 8-3 from that point.

Jahmel Taylor added 10 points for Fresno State, which shot 53.2 percent from the field, including a 63.6 clip in the second half. The Bulldogs out-rebounded Air Force, 34-22 and had 16 assists on 25 field goals. Air Force hit just 37.8 percent from the field, including a 35.3 mark from three. The Falcons hit 86.4 percent from the free throw line, hitting 19 of 22, and had 12 turnovers.

Ryan Swan, starting his second game of the season, led the Falcons with 13 points. He has scored in double figures and led the team in scoring in both starts this season. Lavelle Scottie added nine points and team bests of five rebounds and four assists. Freshman Keaton Van Soelen, who started for the first time of his career, added eight points and four rebounds.

Air Force scored six straight points to take a 15-11 lead with 11:27 to play in the first half. Fresno State responded with a 14-0 run over the next 6:51 to take a 25-15 lead with 5:43 left. Trevor Lyons finally broke the run with a field goal with 4:38 left to make it 25-17. Following a pair of Fresno State hoops, the Falcons closed the half with a 7-2 run over the last 3:13 while holding the Bulldogs without a field goal to close the gap to 31-24 at the half.

 

POST-GAME NOTES

Team Notes

  • Air Force starters for the Fresno State game: Trevor Lyons (G), Jacob Van (G), Keaton Van Soelen (F), Lavelle Scottie (F) and Ryan Swan (C). The lineup started for the first time together this season and is the sixth different lineup used in 14 games.
  • Air Force’s 24 points in the first half tie as the second fewest in the first half this season. The Falcons scored just 20 at New Mexico in the Mountain West opener.
  • Air Force lost its second straight game to Fresno State and ninth straight on the road in the series. The Falcons fell to 6-18 all-time in the series vs. Fresno State.
  • Air Force hit 86.4 percent (19-22) from the free throw line which is its second-best effort of the season and best since hitting 92.7 percent (38-41) vs. Canisius.

 

Individual Notes

  • Senior Trevor Lyons played in his 100th career game. He became the 41st player in Air Force history to play in 100 games. Lyons scored seven points to move into 39th on the Air Force career scoring list with 895. He moved past Jim Ulm (1958-61), who had 889.
  • Freshman Keaton Van Soelen made his first-career start. He is the first freshman to start this season and first since teammates Lavelle Scottie (3) and Sid Tomes (4) last season. Van Soelen has played in 12 straight games overall this season. He finished with eight points and four rebounds and hit a three in his third straight game.
  • Sophomore Ryan Swan scored a team-best 13points. He has scored in double figures and led the team in scoring in both games he’s started this season. Swan had a career-best 16 points at UC Riverside Dec. 8. Swan hit a career-best two threes vs. the Bulldogs. He also had two vs. Abilene Christian Dec. 6.
  • Senior Jacob Van scored six points and hit 2-3 threes. Van has hit seven of his last nine three his last four games.
  • Sophomore Lavelle Scottie scored nine points and grabbed a team-best five rebounds.

 

(Dec. 27 at New Mexico)

New Mexico had six players score in double figures to beat Air Force, 87-58, Wednesday night in Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. in the Mountain West opener for each school.

The Lobos opened the second half with a 13-6 run to take a 49-26 lead with 14:25 remaining and never looked back. The closest Air Force got after that was 19 points, 60-41, with 9:14 left. UNM extended the lead to as many as 31 points on multiple occasions before finishing with the 29-point cushion.

Jachai Simmons had 15 points to lead the Lobos. Dane Kuiper added 13 points and Joe Furstinger chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Mathis scored 11, Sam Logwood 10 and Antino Jackson scored 10 points and dished out nine assists. The Lobos hit 50 percent from the field, including 63.3 in the second half. New Mexico finished 14 of 33 from 3-point territory.

Lavelle Scottie scored 12 points to lead Air Force. Jonathan DeWane added eight points and Ryan Swan chipped in with seven points and four rebounds. Freshman Keaton Van Soelen added five points and a team-best six rebounds. The Falcons hit just 37.9 percent from the field, including just 18.8 percent from three. Air Force out-rebounded New Mexico, 39-34, but had 17 turnovers.

The Falcons scored the first points of the game for just the fourth time this season with a Trevor Lyons layup at the 18:13 mark. The Lobos, leading 10-9 with 11:35 to play, used a 12-0 run to take a 22-9 lead with 7:27 left. The Falcons, who hit just 32.0 percent from the field in the first half, went 5:09 without a field goal before back-to-back layups by Pervis Louder to make it 25-15 with 5:58 left. The Lobos closed the half with an 11-5 spurt to take a 36-20 halftime lead.

 

POST-GAME NOTES

Team Notes

  • Air Force starters for the New Mexico game: Trevor Lyons (G), Sid Tomes (G), Ryan Manning (F), Lavelle Scottie (F) and Frank Toohey (C). The lineup started for the fifth time overall and third straight game together which is the most of any lineup this season. Air Force has used five lineups in 13 games.
  • Air Force scored the first points of the game on a Trevor Lyons layup at the 18:13 mark of the game to mark just the fourth time all season the team has scored first in a game. The Falcons also did it vs. Abilene Christian, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Canisius.
  • Air Force played all 15 players in uniform, including 12 in the first half.
  • Air Force fell to 11-27 all-time in conference openers, including a 3-19 mark on the road. The Falcons fell to 8-9 overall in Mountain West openers, including a 3-6 mark on the road.
  • Air Force fell to 22-59 overall in the series vs. New Mexico. Air Force is 4-35 in Albuquerque during the series. Air Force is 3-3 in the last six games vs. New Mexico.

 

Individual Notes

  • Senior Trevor Lyons played in his 99th career game. He will become the 41st player in Air Force history to play in 100 games in his next outing.
  • Freshman Keaton Van Soelen grabbed a career-best six rebounds to lead the Falcons. He has led the Falcons in rebounds twice this season. His previous high in rebounds was five vs. Pacific Nov. 21. Van Soelen hit his second 3-pointer this season and has now hit one in back-to-back games. He finished with five points.
  • Senior Jacob Van scored three points and hit 1-2 from 3-point territory. Van has hit five of his last six threes the last three games.
  • Sophomore Lavelle Scottie scored a team-high 12 points. Scottie has scored in double figures seven times this season and led the team in scoring a team-best five times.
  • Sophomore Jonathan DeWane scored eight points, the second most of his career. He scored a career-best 22 vs. Johnson & Wales in the previous game.

 


 

 

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