Jan. 28, 2011
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Air Force Falcons (11-8, 2-4 MWC)
TCU Horned Frogs (10-12, 1-6 MWC)
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011
5 p.m. (CT) at Fort Worth, TX
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Arena Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
Network Air Force Basketball Network
Station AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Network CBS College Sports
Play-by-Play Roger Twibell
Analyst Steve Lappas
Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
Air Force 47-64, Fourth Season
Overall 128-98, Eighth Season
Jim Christian (Rhode Island, 1988)
TCU 37-48, Third Season
Overall 175-106, ninth Season
Overall Series tied 6-6
At Fort Worth TCU leads 4-2
First Game Jan. 21, 1999
Result TCU won 114-87
Last Game Feb. 6, 2010
Result TCU won 65-51
Current Streak TCU - 4
Falcons Travel to Ft. Worth to Face TCU on Saturday
The Air Force Falcons (11-8, 2-4 MWC) conclude their two-game road swing on Saturday, Jan. 29 in Fort Worth, Texas against the TCU Horned Frogs (10-12, 1-6 MWC) beginning at 5 p.m. (CT). The game will be broadcast locally on AM 740 KVOR and televised nationally on CBS College Sports. The Falcons are coming off a 69-66 loss at Colorado State on Wednesday, while TCU dropped a 71-46 decision to New Mexico Wednesday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Air Force Loses Close One to Colorado State
Travis Franklin scored 21 points and made two late free throws to help Colorado State hold off Air Force 69-66 Wednesday night.
Andy Ogide had 15 points and reserve Pierce Hornung added 13 for the Rams (14-6, 4-2 MWC), winners of three of four. The Rams hurt themselves with 5-of-26 3-point shooting.
Michael Lyons scored 14 points for the Falcons (11-8, 2-4). Tom Fow had 13 and Taylor Stewart a season-high 11 for Air Force, which is 1-6 on the road this season.
After Franklin's free throw with 22.7 seconds left, Lyons drilled a 3-pointer to trim it to 66-64. Adam Nigon's two free throws were quickly answered by a layup from Lyons. Franklin made 1 of 2 free throws with 2.4 seconds left, and Fow missed a 50-foot heave at the buzzer.
Most Wins Since 2007-08
With its 72-51 victory over Wyoming last Saturday, Air Force improved to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in the MWC. The 11 overall and two MWC wins are the most in one season since the 2007-08 campaign. The Falcons went 10-21 overall and 0-16 in league play in ‘08-09 and 10-21 and 1-15 last season. Air Force was 16-14 overall and 8-8 in the MWC in ‘07-08, which was head coach Jeff Reynolds’ first season.
The Falcons return home to face the New Mexico Lobos on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on The Mtn.
Still Looking for First MWC Road Win Since ‘08
Air Force is still in search of its first Mountain West Conference regular-season road win since Jan. 23, 2008, a 61-59 victory at Colorado State. The Falcons have lost 20 consecutive road games against conference opponents.
All Eight Losses to Winning Teams
The eight teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 123-39 (.759 winning percentage) this season and all eight currently have a winning record.
Falcons Back up to Second in Free Throw Shooting
After shooting a season-low 48 percent (12-for-25) from the free-throw line on Jan. 15 against UNLV, the Falcons fell from first to third in the Mountain West Conference in free throw shooting at 71.6 percent. Air Force has shot 27-for-35 (77.1%) from the line in its last three games and moved into second place in the conference at 71.9 percent.
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 8-0 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 3-8 when scoring less than 70. The three wins were against UCCS (66-53), Evansville (57-56) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (63-52). Defensively speaking, the Falcons are 10-4 when allowing less than 70 points and 1-4 when allowing 70 or more. The only win was an 87-72 victory over Tennessee State.
Tom Fow Named All-Tourney at Sun Bowl Invite
Senior Tom Fow was named to the all-tournament team at the Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 28-29 after averaging 14 points and four rebounds in AFA’s two games.
Injuries Were Here Again
After enduring a season full of injuries in 2009-10, the Falcons were hoping for a healthy ‘10-11 campaign. Unfortunately, it did not start out that way. Freshman Ethan Michael tore his ACL during Basic Cadet Training, then sophomore forward Zach Bohannon tore a ligament in his right hand and underwent surgery on Oct. 28. In addition, freshmen Sean Bowman (knee) and Myles Jerrett (shoulder) underwent surgery recently. Michael and Jerrett are out for the year while Bohannon returned vs. Sam Houston State on Dec. 28. Sophomore Taylor Broekhuis missed the team’s two games at the Sun Bowl Invitational with a concussion.
Coaches vs. Cancer “Suits and Sneakers” Game
During Coaches vs. Cancer® Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend, Jan. 28-30, basketball coaches nationwide will wear sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, it fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community.
Super Sophs Solid So Far
Sophomores Michael Lyons, Taylor Broekhuis and Todd Fletcher have produced some impressive numbers so far this season. Lyons continues to lead the team in scoring (13.3 ppg) and scored a career-high 26 points on Jan. 5 vs. Utah. He has scored in double figures 12 times this season and reached the 20-point mark three times.
Broekhuis, meanwhile, scored a career-high 19 points on Dec. 5 against Evansville and shot
5-for-10 from three-point range. He had made just two career 3-pointers entering the game. Broekhuis is shooting 56.4 percent from the field and is third on the team in scoring at 9.8 ppg. He also played a career-high 41 minutes against CC and blocked a personal-best three shots, the most by a Falcon in one game since Matt Holland swatted four against Wyoming on Feb. 28, 2009. Unfortunately, Broekhuis missed both games at the Sun Bowl Invitational due to injury, but returned to the lineup and scored 15 points against Florida A&M.
Fletcher has been just as solid at point guard, dishing out 2.6 assists per game and sporting a 2.45 assist-to-turnover ratio. He scored a career-high 15 points against CSU Northridge, is second on the team with 49 assists and has committed just five turnovers in his last 12 games.
Fitzgerald Getting Marriott Points
Sophomore Mike Fitzgerald tied his career-high with 13 points on Jan. 8 against BYU at the Marriott Center in Provo. He set his career-high last season with 13 points at BYU. In fact, two of his five career double-figure games have come at the Marriott Center. Fitzgerald, who has played in all 19 games, has made nine of his last 10 3-point attempts, spanning seven games.
Fow Still Putting Up Strong Numbers
Senior Tom Fow is second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and has hit double figures in eight of his last nine games. He is shooting 48.5 percent from the field and 49 percent from three-point range, good for No. 2 in the MWC rankings. Fow, who is 11-for-17 (64.7%) from three-point range in his last three games, scored a season-high 22 points on Dec. 2.
Evan Washington Top Ten in Dimes
With his career-high 11 assists against Utah on Jan. 5, senior Evan Washington moved into the top 10 on Air Force’s career assist list. He is currently No. 7 on the list with 270 and dished out nine last Saturday vs. Wyoming. Washington’s 11 assists against the Utes were the most in one game by a Falcon since A.J. Kuhle had 11 against San Diego State on March 1, 2004.
Stucky Finally Gets His Shot
Junior guard Scott Stucky appeared in his first career game Dec. 8 at Wright State. Stucky, playing just 30 minutes from his hometown of Dublin, Ohio, did not play in either of his first two years after suffering a torn ACL prior to each season. He scored four points at WSU.
Most Assists in Nearly Four Years
The Falcons dished out 24 assists against Tennessee State on Nov. 20, the most by an Air Force team since it had 24 against Norfolk State on Dec. 13, 2006.
Stellar Second Half vs. TSU
Air Force scored 58 points and shot 76 percent (19-of-25) from the field in the second half against Tennessee State on Nov. 20. The 58 points were the most in one half since scoring 58 in the second half vs. Utah on Jan. 16, 2007 and it was the best shooting percentage in one half since shooting 76.5 percent (13-of-17) in the first half against Utah on Jan. 19, 2006.
Still a Great Record at Clune
Including a 9-2 record at home this season, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last seven seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 92 of its 119 home games, good for a .773 winning percentage.
In addition, the Falcons have won 38 of their 59 Mountain West Conference games at Clune during that same stretch (.644 winning percentage).
Washington in Search of 1,000
Evan Washington entered the 2010-11 campaign within striking distance of becoming the 23rd player in Air Force history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Washington has 892 career points and is currently 35th on the school’s career scoring list.
Top 50 Nationally in Several Team Stats
The Falcons are ranked in the top 50 in the country in six different categories. Air Force is in the top 25 in field-goal percentage (13th) and 3-point percentage (23rd).
Falcons Still Winless Against Top Ten
With their 68-55 loss at San Diego State last Wednesday, the Falcons fell to 0-28 all-time against teams ranked in the top 10. San Diego State, currently ranked No. 6 in the nation, was the highest ranked opponent for Air Force since the Falcons battled No. 3 Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Dec. 11, 2004. Air Force lost to the Yellow Jackets, 64-42.
Air Force Almost 60 Percent Last 7
Air Force is currently ranked sixth among Mountain West Conference teams for the best overall winning percentage since the beginning of the 2003-04 season. AFA’s winning percentage is 57.8 percent. Air Force is one of only five teams in the conference to have a winning record in at least five of the last seven seasons (UNLV (7); BYU, New Mexico (6), San Diego State (5), Air Force (5)).