Jan. 13, 2009
Air Force Falcons (9-6, 0-2 MWC) vs. Utah Utes (10-6, 1-1 MWC)
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009
8 p.m. at USAFA, CO
Location: USAFA, Colo.
Arena: Clune Arena
Network: Air Force Basketball Network
Flagship: KVOR AM 740, Colo. Spgs.
Other: AM 1510 KCKK - Denver
Play-by-play: Jim Arthur
Network: The Mtn.
Play-by-play: Tim Neverett
Analyst: Dave Bollwinkel
Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
Air Force: 25-20, Second Season
Overall: 107-54, Sixth Season
Jim Boylen (Maine, 1987)
Utah: 28-21, Second Season
Overall: Utah leads 45-12
At USAFA: Utah leads 17-9
First Game: Dec. 23, 1965
Result: Utah won 108-57
Last Game: Feb. 9, 2008
Result: Utah won 67-59
Current Streak: Utah - 2
Falcons Return Home to Face Utah
Air Force returns home for a pair of games at Clune Arena this week, beginning with a matchup against the Utah Utes on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. The Falcons dropped a 78-53 decision to New Mexico in Albuquerque last Saturday. Utah, which won both games against Air Force last season, dropped a 72-63 decision at San Diego State on Saturday.
Air Force 2nd in MWC Last 5 Years
Air Force has the second-best regular-season MWC record since the beginning of the 2003-04 MWC schedule. AFA's conference regular season record is 51-27, two and a half games behind BYU (53-24). Air Force is one of only two teams with a .500 record or better in MWC play each of the last five seasons.
Team -- MWC Regular Season Records (Last Five+ Seasons)
BYU -- 53-24 (10-4; 3-11; 12-4, 13-3; 14-2, 1-0)
Air Force -- 51-27 (12-2; 9-5; 12-4, 10-6; 8-8, 0-2)
UNLV -- 49-29 (7-7; 7-7; 10-6, 12-4; 12-4, 1-1)
Utah -- 42-36 (9-5; 13-1; 6-10, 6-10; 7-9, 1-1)
San Diego State -- 43-35 (5-9; 4-10; 13-3, 10-6; 9-7, 2-0)
New Mexico -- 39-39 (5-9; 10-4; 8-8, 4-12; 11-5, 1-1)
Wyoming -- 28-49 (4-10; 7-7; 5-11, 7-9; 5-11, 0-1)
Colorado State -- 17-61 (4-10; 3-11; 4-12, 6-10; 0-16, 0-2)
TCU** -- 14-36 (2-14; 4-12; 6-10, 2-0)
** Joined MWC prior to 2005-06 season
The Falcons take on TCU on Saturday, Jan. 17 at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised by CBS College Sports.
Johnson's Double-Figure Streak is Snapped
Senior Anwar Johnson had his nine-game double figure scoring streak snapped on Jan. 3 when he scored just six points against San Diego State. He averaged 16.8 points per game in the nine games and scored a career-high 25 points in the Falcons loss to Stony Brook on Dec. 31. SDSU held Johnson to less than 10 points for just the second time all season. Johnson began a new streak last Saturday by scoring 11 points against New Mexico at The Pit.
Falcons Still No. 3 in Country in 3-Point Pct.
Despite shooting just 32.1 percent (27-of-84) from three-point range the last five games, Air Force is still ranked No. 3 in the nation in three-point percentage at 41.8 percent (minimum five made per game). California leads the country at 48.3 percent and Oklahoma State is No. 2 at 42.2 percent.
Nearly Unbeatable at Clune
Despite losing their last two home games, the Falcons have been close to unbeatable at Clune Arena the last five-plus seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 75 of its 84 home games, including 40 of its 43 non-conference games.
In addition, the Falcons have won 35 of their 41 Mountain West Conference games at Clune Arena during that stretch.
Air Force has made a three-point shot in 495 consecutive games. The last time the Falcons failed to make a three-pointer was Dec. 4, 1991 in a 57-51 victory over Adams State College. The streak is the third-longest in the MWC behind UNLV (721) and New Mexico (597).
Brown Sees First Action at UNM
Sophomore Phillip Brown appeared in his first game of the 2008-09 campaign last Saturday at New Mexico. The 6-7 center was academically ineligible for the first semester, but has been in uniform for every game since the Dec. 22 contest against Texas Southern. Brown scored two points in six minutes against the Lobos.
Falcons 0-2 Conference Mark is Rare Lately
Air Force fell to 0-2 in MWC play last Saturday at New Mexico. It is the first time since the 2002-03 campaign that Air Force has lost its first two conference games.
Holland and Henke Top 5 in Career 3-Point Pct.
Seniors Matt Holland and Andrew Henke are ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, on Air Force's career list for three-point percentage. Holland is shooting 42.9 percent, while Henke is shooting 42.4 percent. Holland, who attempted his 150th career three-pointer on Jan. 3 against San Diego State to qualify for the list, is 34-of-70 (48.6%) this season, which leads the Mountain West Conference, while Henke is No. 2 at 45.2% (33-73).
Atkins, Schafer Play Career-High Minutes at UNM
Freshmen Jon Atkins and Sammy Schafer each played a career-high number of minutes last Saturday against New Mexico. Atkins, who scored six points in 21 minutes, also handed out a career-high two assists and tied his career best with two rebounds. Schafer, meanwhile, scored four points and grabbed a career-high three rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
Stewart Makes Immediate Impact
Freshman Taylor Stewart became the first Air Force freshman to record a double-double since 2000 when he scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 16. Tom Bellairs was the last freshman to have a double-double in his first season at Air Force and he had eight of them during the 1999-2000 campaign.
Stewart is also the first Falcon freshman to score in double figures in his first three collegiate games since David Schuck during the 1997-98 campaign.
50 Percent Mark Finally Busted
New Mexico became the first team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field and three-point range against the Falcons this season. The Lobos finished the game shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and 56.3 percent from long range. The previous season-bests by an opponent were 45.7 percent from the field (San Diego State) and 48 percent from beyond the arc (Stanford).
The Falcons continue to lead the MWC in field-goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot just 38.6 percent from the field.
Seniors Dominate Against Northern Illinois
The Falcons' three seniors, Andrew Henke, Anwar Johnson and Matt Holland, combined for 54 of Air Force's 67 points on Dec. 3 against Northern Illinois. They also combined for 10 rebounds and nine assists.
For the season, the trio is averaging 37.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per contest. Johnson has scored in double figures in 13 of 15 games this season, while Henke has in 10 of 15. Holland has scored 10 or more points in nine of 15 games.
Parker Playing Solid
Junior Grant Parker is making the most of his playing time this season. After playing in just 14 games his first two seasons at Air Force, he has appeared in all 15 this season and is averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest. He is fourth on the team in rebounding.
Parker scored a career-high 15 points against Wofford on Nov. 23 and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds against CSU Bakersfield and Northern Illinois.
Reynolds Captures 100th Career Win
Jeff Reynolds won his 100th career game as a head coach earlier this season. The Falcons' victory over CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 16 was his 18th at Air Force. He won 21 games in his only season as head coach at North Carolina Wesleyan, then won 61 in three years at Wingate College.