Falcons Take on TCU This Wednesday
Jan. 24, 2012
GAME #18Air Force Falconsvs.TCU Horned FrogsWednesday, Jan. 25, 20126:30 p.m. (CT) at Ft. Worth, TX (The Mtn.) SITELocation Fort Worth, TexasArena Daniel-Meyer ColiseumCapacity 7,201 RADIONetwork Air Force / IMG Sports NetworkStation AM 1300 KCSF, Colo. Spgs.Play-by-Play Jim ArthurAnalyst Matt Pauley TELEVISIONNetwork The Mtn.Play-by-Play Chuck LaMendolaAnalyst Jeff Lewis INTERNETLive Stats goairforcefalcons.com COACHESJeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)Air Force 63-78, Fifth SeasonOverall 145-112, Ninth Season Jim Christian (Rhode Island, 1988)TCU 49-65, Fourth SeasonOverall 187-123, Ninth Season ALL-TIME SERIESOverall Air Force leads 8-6At Fort Worth TCU leads 4-3First Game Jan. 21, 1999Result TCU won 114-87Last Game Mar. 2, 2011Result Air Force won 70-65Current Streak Air Force - 2 Falcons Take on TCU This WednesdayThe Air Force Falcons travel to Fort Worth, Texas to face the TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (CT) and the game will be broadcast locally on AM 1300 KCSF and televised nationally on The Mtn. The Falcons are 11-6 and 1-2 in league play after losing to 16th-ranked San Diego State, 57-44, in San Diego on Saturday, while TCU is 11-7 and 1-2 after defeating Boise State, 54-52, in Fort Worth on Saturday. Air Force Drops Second Straight to #16 SDSUTaylor Broekhuis led Air Force with 16 points and seven rebounds and Mike Fitzgerald added 14 points but the Falcons fell to 16th-ranked San Diego State, 57-44, Saturday at Viejas Arena. Chase Tapley scored 16 for the Aztecs and Jamaal Franklin had 14 points and 10 rebounds as SDSU improved to 17-2 and 3-0 in the Mountain West. The Falcons shot just 1-of-18 from 3-point range, their worst output from long range since going 0-for-17 against Northern Colorado on Nov. 21, 2009. Up NextThe Falcons return home to face the #14/20 ranked UNLV Rebels on Saturday, Jan. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. Largest Margin of Victory in MW Road Game Since ‘06Air Force’s 15-point victory over Boise State on Jan. 14 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 89-26 (.774 winning percentage) this season and all five currently have a winning record. Still Looking For Second-Ever Win Against Ranked TeamAir Force is now 1-73 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 five assists to move past Jacob Burtschi (211) into the top 20. Falcons Picked 5th in MWCAir Force was picked fifth in the 2011-12 preseason media poll released at the Mountain West media day in Denver, Colo.School (First Place Votes) Pts.1. New Mexico (22) 2032. UNLV (4) 1833. San Diego State 1584. Colorado State 1195. Air Force 786. Wyoming 687. TCU 648. Boise State 63 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 Jan. 14 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 No. 8 in the Mountain West with 3.12 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 55.1 points per game their last 12. Opponents are shooting just 38.5 percent from the field and 30.5 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. 5 on AFA’s Career 3-Point Percentage ListJunior Mike Fitzgerald attempted his 150th career 3-pointer on Jan. 3 against Johnson & Wales, making him eligible for Air Force’s career list for three-point percentage. Fitzgerald is shooting 41.1 percent (69-for-168) for his career, placing him No. 5 on the list behind Matt McCraw (46.5%), Dan Nwaelele (45.1%), Andrew Henke (42.0%) and Tom Fow (41.8%). 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 73 career games, has 798 career points and is tied for 41st 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.