Falcons Battle #16 San Diego State on Saturday
Jan. 20, 2012
GAME #17Air Force Falcons vs. #16 San Diego State AztecsSaturday, Jan. 21, 20127 p.m. (PT) at San Diego, CA (The Mtn.) SITELocation San Diego, Calif.Arena Viejas ArenaCapacity 12,414 RADIONetwork Air Force / IMG Sports NetworkStation AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.Play-by-Play Jim ArthurAnalyst Matt Pauley TELEVISIONNetwork The Mtn.Play-by-Play Ari WolfeAnalyst Brad Holland INTERNETLive Stats goairforcefalcons.com COACHESJeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)Air Force 63-77, Fifth SeasonOverall 145-111, Ninth Season Steve Fisher (Illinois State, 1967)San Diego State 248-154, 13th SeasonOverall 432-236, 21st Season ALL-TIME SERIESOverall San Diego State leads 46-20At San Diego San Diego State leads 24-6First Game Dec. 8, 1973Result San Diego State won 68-67Last Game Feb. 19, 2011Result San Diego State won 70-58Current Streak San Diego State - 7 Falcons Battle #16 San Diego State on SaturdayThe Air Force Falcons travel to San Diego, Calif., to face the 16th-ranked San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Viejas Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) and the game will be broadcast locally on AM 740 KVOR and televised nationally on The Mtn. The Falcons are 11-5 and 1-1 in league play after losing to Wyoming, 64-53, at home on Wednesday, while San Diego State is 16-2 and 2-0 after defeating New Mexico, 75-70, in Albuquerque on Wednesday. Air Force Has Five-Game Win Streak Snapped by WyomingMike Fitzgerald scored 13 points and freshman Justin Hammonds tied his career high with 10 points but the Falcons could not hold off a late rally by Wyoming and fell to the Cowboys, 64-53, Wednesday at Clune Arena. Air Force led 46-42 after a thunderous dunk by Michael Lyons with 5:46 remaining but allowed a 13-0 run over the next 4:16 for a 55-46 Wyoming advantage. Air Force had its five-game winning streak snapped and Wyoming’s 50 percent shooting from the field was the best against Air Force this season. Up NextThe Falcons continue on the road and will face the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (CT). Largest Margin of Victory in MW Road Game Since ‘06Air Force’s 15-point victory over Boise State last Saturday was the largest in a conference road game during the Jeff Reynolds era, surpassing a 10-point win (56-46) at TCU during Reynolds’ first season in 2007-08. Saturday’s victory was also the largest by the Falcons since defeating the Horned Frogs, 63-45, in Fort Worth on Feb. 15, 2006 and just the sixth conference road win in Reynolds’ five seasons at Air Force. He won three his first season (2007-08) and two last season. All Five Losses to Winning TeamsThe five teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 66-22 (.750 winning percentage) this season and all five currently have a winning record. Looking For Second-Ever Win Against Ranked TeamAir Force is 1-72 against ranked teams in program history. The lone victory came on Feb. 15, 1992, a 75-72 win over 21st-ranked UTEP at Clune Arena. Falcons Win Inaugural All-Military ClassicAir Force opened its 2011-12 season Nov. 11-12 with a pair of victories at the First Annual All-Military Classic. The Falcons used a second-half rally to defeat service-academy rival Army, 87-71, in the first round, then downed VMI, 75-65, in the championship game.Junior guard Michael Lyons was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 22 points and eight rebounds, while fellow junior Todd Fletcher was named to the all-tournament team after dishing out a career-high seven assists in each game.This was the first of a four-year contract for the All-Miltary Classic, with each school hosting once. Citadel will host in 2012, VMI in ‘13 and Army in ‘14. The tournament will be played each year during Veteran’s Day weekend. Air Force Captures Third Place at Cable Car ClassicAir Force defeated Eastern Michigan, 42-37, in the consolation game of the Cable Car Classic. Todd Fletcher scored a career-high 18 points and freshman Colt Barnhill posted career-highs of five points and five rebounds. Freshman Kamryn Williams also pulled down a career-best five boards. The Falcons used a 17-5 run to open the second half to build a 35-25 lead with 7:52 remaining and never led by less than three points the rest of the way. Air Force held EMU to just 1-of-14 shooting from three-point range. Fletcher was named to the all-tournament team. Third-Fewest Points Ever in a VictoryAir Force’s 42 points against Eastern Michigan on Dec. 30 were the third-fewest in a victory in school history and the fewest since a 39-36 win over Cornell on Dec. 29, 1981. The school record for fewest points in a victory is a 30-19 win over Regis on Dec. 12, 1978. Still a Great Record at CluneIncluding their 9-2 record this season, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last eight seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 104 of its 136 home games, good for a .765 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 65 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.615 pct). Fletcher 22nd Player to Reach 200 AssistsWith his two assists against Texas-Pan American on Jan. 9, junior Todd Fletcher became the 22nd player in school history to dish out 200 career assists. The school began keeping assists as a season total in 1972. He needs seven assists to move past Jacob Burtschi (211) into the top 20.Fletcher has been outstanding in his past five games, with 50 points, 22 rebounds, 14 assists, nine steals and just seven turnovers. Broekhuis, Williams Each Pick Up First Career Double-DoubleJunior Taylor Broekhuis played arguably the best game of his career in the championship game of the All-Military Classic on Nov. 12 against VMI. The 6-10 center from Colorado Springs scored 18 points, one shy of his career high, and pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds to post the first double-double of his career. His 12 rebounds were the most by a Falcon in one game since Jacob Burtschi hauled down 12 at Stanford on Nov. 15, 2006. Broekhuis collected his second career double-double on Saturday at Boise State with 15 points and 10 boards.Kamryn Williams posted his first career double-double on Jan. 9 against Texas-Pan American with 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. His seven offensive rebounds were the most by a Falcon in one game since Burtschi had seven vs. IPFW on Dec. 31, 2005. Most Assists in Over a DecadeAir Force recorded 25 assists in the season-opener against Army, the most in one game by an AFA team since dishing out 25 against Long Beach State on Nov. 21, 2000. The Falcons added 20 assists the next day against VMI.Individually, junior Todd Fletcher had a career-high seven assists in each of his first two games and is tied for No. 8 in the Mountain West with teammate Taylor Stewart at 3.13 per game. Carter Ties School Record for Steals in First Career GameFive freshmen saw action for Air Force during the opening weekend, but none had a better start than Chris Carter. The 6-3 guard from Port St. Lucie, Fla., had nine points, seven rebounds and seven steals in his first career game against Army. His seven steals tied the school record for one game and were the most by a Falcon since Tim Anderson, the 2007-08 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, had seven against San Diego State at the Mountain West Tournament on March 13, 2008. Falcons Playing Solid "D" This SeasonAir Force’s defense has been very strong lately. After allowing an average of 62.2 points per game their first five games, the Falcons have allowed just 54.9 points per game their last 11. Opponents are shooting just 38.1 percent from the field and 30.7 percent from 3-point range this season and Wyoming became the first team to shoot at least 50 percent from the field against the Falcons this season. Fitzgerald No. 3 on AFA’s Career 3-Point Percentage ListJunior Mike Fitzgerald attempted his 150th career 3-pointer against Johnson & Wales, making him eligible for Air Force’s career list for three-point percentage. Fitzgerald is shooting 42.1 percent (69-for-164) for his career, placing him No. 3 on the list behind 2007 grads Matt McCraw (46.5%) and Dan Nwaelele (45.1%). No. 3 in the Country in Assist - FGM PercentageThe Falcons have 241 assists on 360 baskets, meaning Air Force is drawing an assist on 66.9 percent of their field goals, and that percentage ranks third in the nation. Denver leads the nation at 70.6%, and New Mexico is second at 67.5%. Lyons in Search of 1,000 PointsJunior Michael Lyons is on track to become the 23rd player in Air Force history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Lyons, who has appeared in 72 career games, has 794 career points and is 43rd on the school’s career scoring list. The last Falcon to join the 1,000-point club was Matt McCraw in 2007. The last junior to join the club was Otis Jones in 1994.