Falcons Host New Orleans in Final Non-Conference Tilt

    Sophomore Justin Hammonds
    Sophomore Justin Hammonds

    Jan. 22, 2013

    GAME #17
    Air Force Falcons vs. New Orleans Privateers
    Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
    7 p.m. at Clune Arena

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    Location USAFA, Colo.
    Arena Clune Arena
    Capacity 5,843

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    COACHES
    Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
      Air Force 12-12, First Full Season
      Overall Same

    Mark Slessinger (Aurora, 1995)
      New Orleans 22-27, Second Season
      Overall 58-52, Fourth Season

    ALL-TIME SERIES
    Overall First Meeting

    Falcons Host New Orleans in Final Non-Conference Tilt
     The Air Force men’s basketball team takes a break from Mountain West play to host the New Orleans Privateers on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Tip-off at Clune Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. Air Force improved to 10-6 and 2-2 in the Mountain West with a 91-80 victory over Boise State Saturday at Clune Arena. New Orleans is 5-12 after defeating New Jersey Insititute of Technology, 96-94, in triple-overtime Monday at home.

    Most Points Ever in Mountain West Game
     Air Force’s 91 points vs. Boise State on Wednesday were the most scored by an Air Force team in a Mountain West game, surpassing the previous high of 88 against Wyoming on Feb. 3, 2007. It was also the third-most ever in any conference game and the most since scoring 92 against Hawaii on Jan. 18, 1996.

    2-2 Ties Fourth-Best Start Ever in League Play
     Air Force’s 2-2 record in the Mountain West ties the fourth-best start ever in program history after four league games. The Falcons have been 4-0 twice in the past (2003-04 and `06-07), 3-1 twice (2004-05 and ‘05-06) and this is the fourth time at 2-2, most recently during the 2007-08 campaign.

    70 Points Seems to be the Key
     Air Force is 8-2 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 2-6 when allowing more than 70. The two victories were an 86-72 triumph over Montana State and the 91-80 win over Boise State on Saturday.

    All Six Losses to Winning Teams
     The six teams that have defeated Air Force this season have a combined 85-24 record (.780 winning percentage). Wichita State is 17-2, Colorado is 12-6, Florida is 14-2, Richmond is 12-7, UNLV is 15-4 and Colorado State is 15-3. 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.

    Up Next
     The Falcons resume Mountain West action on Saurday, Jan. 26 against the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie, Wyo. Tip-off at the Arena-Auditorium is scheduled for 8 p.m. (MT).

    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 1,299 career points and needs eight points to move into eighth place.
     
    First Century Mark This Century
     With its 102-68 victory over Western State on Nov. 15, Air Force hit the 100-point mark for the first time since Feb. 16, 1999 (111-88 victory over Denver). It was the 18th time Air Force has hit the century mark in program history.

    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 4.0 assists per game, dished out a season-high eight against Western State and at UNLV and has 313 for his career.
     Here is the career assists list at Air Force. The school began keeping assists as a season total in 1972.

    Lyons Leads the Mountain West in Scoring
     After scoring a career-high 37 points on Wednesday against Boise State, Michael Lyons returned to the top of the Mountain West scoring list at 18.9 points per game. Lyons, who shot 13-of-18 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range against the Bronces on Wednesday, is ranked fourth in the conference in 3-point percentage (35.2%), fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.00) and eighth in field-goal percentage at 45.6 percent (103-of-226).

    Still a Solid Record at Clune
     Including their 7-1 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 112 of its 149 home games, good for a .752 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 43 of their 73 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.589 pct).

    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 (98-for-246) 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 3.20. Fletcher has 641 assists and 20 turnovers in 16 games this season.

    Fitz Lightin’ it up in League Play
     Mike Fitzgerald has been outstanding in the Falcons’ four Mountain West games. Fitzgerald leads the MW in field-goal percentage (21-30, 70%) and three-point percentage (8-12, 66.7%) and is No. 2 in free-throw percentage (23-25, 92.0%) and scoring (18.3 ppg) in league games only. 
     He poured in a career-high 30 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the line as Air Force defeated Nevada, 78-65, in the conference opener on Jan. 9, then scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed four rebounds in AFA’s 76-71 overtime loss to #24/19 UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center on Jan. 12. He was 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range. In addition, he was 9-of-10 from the line (both career highs) in a season-high 36 minutes.
     After scoring just four points against Colorado State, Fitzgerald put up 17 points and dished out a career-high eight assists in AFA’s 91-80 victory over Boise State on Saturday.
     


     

     

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