Air Force travels to San Jose, Calif., to take on San Jose State Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. PT in the Events Center (5,000). The games begins a two-game road swing for the Falcons, as the team plays at Colorado State Jan. 17.
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Quick Facts Air Force San Jose State
Record: 6-10 3-13
Conf. Record: 0-4 0-5
Streak: L 4 L 5
Last Game: vs. UNLV (1/10) at San Diego State (1/9)
Result: L 76-81 L 49-85
Next Game: at Colorado State (1/17) vs. Nevada (1/17)
Conference: Mountain West Mountain West
Nickname: Falcons Spartans
Location: Colorado Springs, CO San Jose, CA
Website: GoAirForceFalcons.com SJSUSpartans.com
Category Air Force San Jose State
Head Coach Dave Pilipovich Jean Prioleau
Alma Mater Thiel College, 1986 Fordham, 1992
School Record 78-104 (6th season) 3-13 (1st season)
Career Record Same Same
Overall........................ San Jose State leads, 6-5
First Meeting............... Dec. 6, 1971 at USAFA (San Jose State, 74-67)
Last Meeting............... Feb. 18, 2017 at SJSU (San Jose State, 83-78 OT)
Streaks........................ San Jose State W 3
Air Force and San Jose State are meeting for the 12th time overall and 11th time as conference foes. San Jose State leads the series, 6-5 overall and the series is tied 5-5 in conference games. Air Force is 3-3 at home and 2-3 on the road. San Jose State swept the season series last year, beating Air Force, 89-85, at the Academy and 83-78 in overtime in San Jose. Air Force’s last win in the series came Jan. 2, 2016 in San Jose, 64-57, which was the team’s last conference road win.
The teams first played Dec. 6, 1971 at the Academy. San Jose State won the game, 74-67.
LAST SEASON VS. SAN JOSE STATE
(Feb. 18, 2017) Brandon Clark scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead San Jose State past Air Force, 83-78, in overtime at The Events Center in San Jose, Calif.
The Spartans overcame a 13-point halftime deficit and took its first lead, 70-68, since 2-0 to open the game with a basket and free throw from Brandon Mitchell with 3:18 remaining. Trevor Lyons scored with 2:34 remaining to tie it at 70-all which is where it remained at the end of regulation. Both teams missed opportunities to win it in regulation.
The Falcons scored the first four points in overtime on baskets by Jacob Van and Ryan Manning to take a 74-70 lead with 3:45 left. San Jose State scored the next nine points and took the lead for good, 75-74, on a basket by Clark. The Spartans hit eight of eight free throws in the final 26 seconds to secure the win.
Isaac Thornton scored 17 points and Brandon Mitchell added 12 points for San Jose State. Ryan Welage chipped in with 10 points. San Jose State shot 45.9 percent from the field, including 24.1 percent from three. The Spartans missed their first 12 threes in the game finishing the first half 0-12. They hit seven in the second half. San Jose State out-rebounded the Falcons, 33-27, and forced 18 turnovers.
Ryan Manning, who got his first start of the season, scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Falcons. Jacob Van added 12 points, five rebounds and a team-best four assists. Freshman Lavelle Scottie added a career-high-tying 11 points. Trevor Lyons chipped in with eight points, three assists and a career-high four steals.
Air Force hit a season-road-best 52.3 percent from the field on 31-of-59 shooting. The Falcons hit 78.6 percent from the free throw line and had 11 steals.
(Jan. 14, 2017 at USAFA) Brandon Clarke scored 36 points to lead San Jose State past Air Force, 89-85, Jan. 14 at the Academy.
Jalen James hit two free throws with 19 seconds left to give San Jose State an 87-83 lead. Following a pair of free throws by Trevor Lyons with 12 seconds left to make it a two-point game, the Falcons forced a turnover with 11 seconds left. On the next possession, Lyons drove the lane and dished off to Lavelle Scottie, but his short jumper was blocked by Clarke. Brandon Mitchell then made a steal on the rebound and passed it ahead to Clarke, who ended the game with a dunk to make up the final margin.
Clarke added five rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots to his scoring effort. Cody Schwartz and E.J. Boyce each added 14 points while Ryan Welage chipped in with 10 points for the Spartans. San Jose State finished the game shooting 60.7 percent from the field, including 47.6 from three. The Spartans also hit 11 of 13 free throws, including four straight with under a minute to play.
Air Force shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the field, but just 35.3 three 3-point territory. The Falcons out-rebounded San Jose State, 26-22, and had 18 assists on 28 field goals. Lyons scored a career-high 24 points and had four assists to lead the Falcons. His 24 points are the most by a Falcon this season. Hayden Graham added 19 points and a team-high six rebounds. Frank Toohey had 17 points while Jacob Van chipped in with 12 points and four assists.
The game was back and forth throughout and featured 15 lead changes and eight ties. The last lead change came on a hoop by Clarke with 5:15 remaining to give San Jose State a 72-71 lead.
AIR FORCE’S LAST TIME OUT
Jovan Mooring hit a deep 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to lead UNLV past Air Force, 81-76, Wednesday night in a Mountain West Conference game in Clune Arena at the Academy.
Pervis Louder hit a driving layup to cut the UNLV lead to 77-75, with 47 seconds left before Mooring hit the three at the end of the shot clock. Following an Air Force miss, Mooring hit one of two free throws to make it 81-75 with 11 seconds left. Ryan Swan added a late free throw for Air Force to make up the final margin.
Air Force never led in the game and overcame an 11-point first half deficit and tied the game on two occasions in the second half, the last coming at 68-all with 5:14 left. UNLV extended the lead to seven points, 77-70, with 1:12 remaining. Lavelle Scottie hit a three following two missed free throws by UNLV and the Falcons got a stop to set up the drive by Louder.
UNLV hit 63 percent from the field, including a 68.2 clip in the first half to take a 43-37 halftime lead. The Rebels hit 50 percent from three on nine of 18 shooting. UNLV was led by Jordan Johnson, who scored 20 points. Kris Clyburn added 16 points, Mooring 15 and Tervell Beck 12.
Scottie led the Falcons with 26 points which is his most in a conference game and just one off his career high. He added six rebounds and a career-best four threes. Swan added career highs of 16 points and eight rebounds. Frank Toohey chipped in with 11 points. The Falcons hit 41 percent from the field and 30 percent from three, but out-rebounded the much-bigger Runnin’ Rebels, 33-29. Air Force out-scored UNLV in second chance points, 19-2.