Jan. 18, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Boise State Broncos
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
2 p.m. at Clune Arena
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
Video Stream goairforcefalcons.com
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 11-12, First Full Season
Leon Rice (Washington State, 1986)
Boise State 48-33, Second Season
Overall Boise State leads 2-1
At USAFA Boise State leads 1-0
First Game Dec. 27, 1991
Result Boise State won 77-68
Last Game Feb. 11, 2012
Result Boise State won 72-61
Current Streak Boise State - 1
Falcons Host Boise State on Saturday
The Air Force men's basketball team returns home to take on the Boise State Broncos on Saturday, Jan. 19. Tip-off at Clune Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m. Air Force fell to 9-6 and 1-2 in the Mountain West after dropping a 79-40 decision to Colorado State Wednesday in Fort Collins, Colo. Boise State fell to 13-3 and 1-1 in the MW with a 79-74 loss in overtime to #19/21 New Mexico at home on Wednesday.
Third Straight 13-3 Opponent For Air Force
Boise State will be the third consecutive opponent with a 13-3 record entering the contest against the Falcons. UNLV and Colorado State were also 13-3 entering each of the last two games.
Air Force Still With Only Two Wins Against Ranked Teams
With its 76-71 overtime loss at #24/19 UNLV last Saturday, Air Force fell to 2-78 against ranked opponents in program history. It was the third ranked team Air Force lost to this season, including a 78-61 loss to #14/11 Florida on Dec. 29 and an 89-74 decision at 23rd-ranked Colorado on Nov. 25. The two victories in program history came against No. 21 UTEP (75-72) on Feb. 15, 1992 and No. 13 San Diego State (58-56) on Feb. 18, 2012.
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 7-2 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 2-4 when scoring less than 70. The two wins are against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (65-49) and UC Riverside (61-53).
Defensively speaking, the Falcons are a perfect 8-0 when allowing 70 points or less and 1-6 when allowing more than 70. The only victory was an 86-72 triumph over Montana State.
All Six Losses to Winning Teams
The six teams that have defeated Air Force this season have a combined 79-23 record (.775 winning percentage). Wichita State is 16-2, Colorado is 11-6, Florida is 12-2, Richmond is 11-7, UNLV is 15-3 and Colorado State is 14-3. Colorado, Florida and UNLV were ranked at the time Air Force played them and Wichita State entered the Top 25 the week after defeating the Falcons.
The Falcons play their final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 23 against the New Orleans Privateers at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Michael Lyons Moves Into Top 10 on Career Scoring List
Senior Michael Lyons moved into ninth place on Air Force's career scoring list with 19 points against Richmond on Jan. 2. He became the 23rd player in Air Force history to reach the 1,000-point plateau 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. Lyons has 1,262 career points.
Still a Solid Record at Clune
Including their 6-1 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 111 of its 148 home games, good for a .750 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 42 of their 72 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.583 pct).
Todd Fletcher in Sixth Place on Career Assist List
Senior Todd Fletcher moved into sixth place on AFA's career assist list against Jackson State on Nov. 28. Fletcher, who is ranked third in the Mountain West with 4.07 assists per game, dished out a season-high eight against Western State and at UNLV and has 310 for his career.
Mike Fitzgerald No. 6 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 39.8 percent (97-for-244) for his career, placing him sixth on the list.
Todd Fletcher 10th in Nation in Assist-Turnover Ratio
Senior point guard Todd Fletcher leads the Mountain West and is ranked No. 10 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 3.39. Fletcher has 61 assists and 18 turnovers in 15 games this season.