Falcons host Colorado State before heading to BYU, Utah
Game 19 Air Force vs. Colorado State
Date: Monday, Jan. 29, 7:05 p.m. MST
Records: Air Force is 5-13 overall and 0-4 in MWC play this season. The Falcons lost, 71-56, vs. Wyoming in Clune Arena last Saturday. Colorado State is 11-6 overall and 2-2 in the MWC. The Rams lost, 72-71, in overtime at New Mexico last Saturday.
Coaches: Air Force is coached by Joe Scott (Princeton, 1987), who is in his first season. This season marks Scott's first as a head coach. Scott was an assistant at Princeton from 1993-2000. He helped the Tigers to a 163-61 record. Colorado State is coached by Dale Layer (Eckerd College, 1980), who is in his first season. Layer has led the Rams to an 11-6 record. He has a 179-94 record in his 10th season.
Series: Colorado State holds a 56-17 series lead. The Rams have won 13th consecutive games in the series dating back to a 70-66 Air Force win at home in 1994. The teams first played in 1957.
Looking at Colorado State
Colorado State was 18-12 overall last season and finished fourth in the MWC with an 8-6 mark. The team returns eight lettermen and four starters from last year.
The Rams rank third in the MWC in scoring with a 73.2 average. The team leads the league in field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage with 49.7 and 43.1 marks, respectively.
Senior John Sivesind leads the team in scoring with a 13.4 average. He ranks eighth in the conference in scoring. Sivesind is the league's top free throw and three-point shooter. He hits 88.9 percent from the line and 51.8 from long range.
Colorado State's probable starters # Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Ppg. Rpg. 10 Ali Palmer-g 5-10 170 Sr. 7.4 2.6 32 John Sivesind-g 6-3 200 Sr. 13.4 2.2 44 David Fisher-f 6-10 230 Sr. 12.5 3.7 33 Brian Greene-f 6-8 225 So. 7.8 6.4 40 Garrett Patik-f 6-7 240 Sr. 7.5 5.3
The Colorado State series
Colorado State is 25-11 at Air Force and 30-5 in Fort Collins. The teams are 1-1 in neutral site games. The teams first played in 1957 in Denver. Air Force won the game, 70-62. Last year vs. Colorado State
Colorado State swept a pair of games vs. Air Force.
Colorado St. 71, Air Force 52
Andy Birley and Garrett Patik scored 11 points each to lead a balanced Colorado State attack as the Rams defeated Air Force, 71-52, in Fort Collins.
The Rams, who led 38-28 at halftime, opened the second half with an 8-2 run to take a 46-30 advantage and take control of the game. Colorado State used hot shooting and pressure defense throughout the game and were never seriously threatened after the opening minutes of the second half. The Rams extend the lead to as many as 26 points, 71-45, with 2:05 remaining in the game.
The Rams used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to take a 26-15 lead with 8:11 remaining. The Rams went on to lead by as many as 13 points, the last time coming at 38-25 with nine seconds left, in the first stanza. Colorado State hit 12 of its first 18 field goals (66.7 percent) and finished the half shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
Air Force was led by Tom Bellairs, who scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was the only Falcon in double figures.
Colorado St. 66, Air Force 64
Colorado State held off a furious Air Force rally to win, 66-64, in AFA's Clune Arena.
It was too little too late for Air Force. The Falcons used three Jarvis Croff three-pointers in the final 1:43 of the game to pull to within two points, but could not completely erase a 60-50 deficit. Croff's final bomb came with three seconds remaining to make up the final margin.
Colorado State jumped to a 27-14 lead in the first 12 minutes of the game behind 78 percent shooting from the field. The Rams went on to lead by as many as 15 points before taking a 34-22 lead at halftime. The Falcons were led by Croff's game-high 24 points. Tom Bellairs added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Colorado State was led by Aki Palmer, who scored 15 points. Palmer hit four consecutive free throws in the final 48 seconds to help secure the win. Ceedric Goodwyn added 13 points for CSU.
Category Air Force CSU Games: 18 17 Points: 57.7 73.2 Points Allowed: 63.1 63.8 FG Pct.: 43.6 49.7 FG Pct. Def: 45.1 40.9 3FG Pct.: 36.0 43.1 3FG Pct. Def: 34.4 30.2 FT Pct.: 66.0 66.6 Rebounds: 24.4 35.5 Assists: 13.1 17.3 Turnovers: 14.0 15.2 TOs Forced: 13.6 14.4 Blocks: 2.0 1.9 Steals: 7.4 6.4
Top long-range bombers go head-to-head
Busy week for Air Force
After playing Colorado State Monday, the Falcons play at Brigham Young Thursday, Feb. 1, and at Utah Saturday, Feb. 3.
Looking ahead at Brigham Young
Mekeli Wesley and Terrell Lyday lead the Cougars. The pair rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the conference in scoring. Wesley averages 16.1 points and Lyday 15.5.
Looking ahead at Utah
Utah leads the league in scoring defense (61.8), scoring margin (11.2) and rebounding margin (6.4).
Falcons settle for a tie
The Falcons tied the mark of five with their win over Liberty Jan. 6. The last time the team won five Division I games away from league play was 1998 and 1999. The Falcons are playing the first all-Division I schedule in school history this season.
Last week vs. UTPA
The Cowboys opened the second half with a 20-6 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 50-32, with 12:49 remaining. Wyoming then used good defense and took advantage of cold Air Force shooting and were never seriously challenged after that.
The closest Air Force came after the run was nine points, 61-52, with 1:11 remaining, but Wyoming sealed the game by hitting eight of 10 free throws from that point.
Josh Davis added 11 points, while Brett McFall and Paris Corner chipped in with nine points each for Wyoming. The Cowboys finished the game hitting 46.8 percent from the field and out-rebounded Air Force, 39-31.
The Falcons hit just 33.3 percent from the field, including a 21.9 clip on 7-32 shooting from three-point range. Air Force also hit just 56.5 percent from the free throw line.
Freshman Joel Gerlach led the Falcons with 15 points. Jarvis Croff and Tom Bellairs added 12 points each. Bellairs also had a game-high 13 rebounds to record his second consecutive double-double and 10th of his career.
Texas-Pan American closed the first half on a 16-0 run to erase a nine-point deficit and take a 35-28 halftime lead. The run spilled over into the second half, as UTPA scored the first four points of the second stanza to take its biggest lead of the night, 39-28, with 18:37 remaining. The Falcons would have to play catch up the rest of the night.
Robert Todd and Tom Bellairs each scored three points during an 8-2 Air Force run to cut the lead to 49-48 with 5:33 remaining in the game, but the Falcons could never overtake the visitors. UTPA countered the run with a 9-2 spurt to take a 58-50 lead with 3:41 left. UTPA hit six of eight free throws in the final 37 seconds to secure the win.
Texas-Pan American finished the game hitting 75.0 percent from the free throw line. The team only hit 43.5 percent from the field, but forced 13 turnovers while turning it over just seven times.
Air Force was led by Lamoni Yazzie, who scored 16 points. Bellairs recorded his first double-double of the season and ninth of his career with 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Vernard Jenkins chipped in with 11 points and Joel Gerlach added nine. Air Force's leading scorer Jarvis Croff, who entered the game with a 14.8 average, was held scoreless for the first time in his career. The senior forward missed all four field goal attempts in 19 minutes of action.
The team is hitting just 35.3 percent from the field, including a 24.5 clip from three-point range the last five games, including a nonconference tilt vs. Texas-Pan American. Those numbers are down considerably from the 43.6 overall mark and 36.0 long-range percentage. Air Force headed into conference play hitting 46.6 percent from the field and 40.5 from beyond the arc. In four conference games, the Falcons are shooting 33.5 percent from the field and 22.8 from three-point land. The breakdown of the last five games follows:
Opponent FG Pct 3FG Pct UNLV 18-45 40.0 5-20 25.0 New Mexico 16-44 36.4 7-27 25.9 San Diego State 13-51 25.5 7-35 20.0 UT-Pan Am. 18-41 43.9 8-25 32.0 Wyoming 18-54 33.3 7-32 21.9 Totals 83-235 35.3 34-139 24.5
50s the key to winning
Facts and figures
The long and short of it
For the season, 84.3 percent of Air Force's field goals are layups or treys. The team hit nothing but three-pointers and layups in the South Carolina State and Central Connecticut State games earlier this season.
Bring on overtime
Defensive scoring average best since 1984
This is Air Force basketball
l The team is assisting on 68.5 percent of its field goals on the season. The team has 235 assists on 343 field goals. Air Force assisted on 15 of 17 field goals vs. Houston and 25 of 29 at Long Beach State. Against South Carolina State, the team assisted on 14 of 17 field goals. Against Utah State, the Falcons assisted on 16 of 18. The team assisted on 20 of 25 vs. Liberty.
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Todd's record-setting night
He was second in the conference last year with a 9.2 rebounding average. His second place finish is the best by a Falcon in school history.
Bellairs' impact is even bigger this season. Since his return against Navy, Bellairs has posted five double-figure rebounding efforts while leading the team in rebounding in 11 of 13 games.
Air Force seventh nationally in three-pointers made per game
# Team G 3's Avg. 1. Duke 16 166 10.4 2. Samford 16 164 10.3 3. TCU 17 167 9.8 4. Georgia Tech 15 143 9.5 5. Wisc.-Milw. 16 151 9.4 6. Belmont 16 150 9.4 7. Air Force 16 148 9.3 Stats are of Jan. 23 (Next update on Jan. 30)
For the season, freshmen are averaging 35.2 percent of the team's total minutes. When you throw in sophomores Vernard Jenkins and Tom Bellairs, 65.8 percent of the team's total minutes are from freshmen and sophomores.
Croff joins 1,000-point club
Career Scoring Leaders at Air Force # Name Years Points 1. Raymond Dudley 1987-90 2,178 5. Jarmica Reese 1995-98 1,385 6. Cliff Parsons 1967-69 1,374 7. Rick Simmons 1980-83 1,320 8. Tom Schneeberger 1975-78 1,204 9. Maurice McDonald 1983-86 1,121 10. Randy Gricius 1976-79 1,100 11. Jarvis Croff 1999-Pres. 1,086
Croff seventh in career scoring average
# Name Years Gms Avg 1. Bob Beckel 1956-59 67 22.8 2. Raymond Dudley 1987-90 109 20.0 3. Cliff Parsons 1966-69 71 19.4 4. Otis Jones 1992-95 110 18.2 5 Tyron Wright 1999-00 54 15.9 6. Tim Harris 1977-81 99 15.7 7. Jarvis Croff 1999-01 70 15.5
2000-01 Schedule Notes
The schedule also features nationally-ranked Wake Forest from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Utah has been ranked this season while Wyoming and Brigham Young of the MWC have also received mention in national polls.
Air Force is one of just two teams in the MWC that has not played a non-Division I team. Brigham Young is the other. The Falcons are one of just three teams to play a nationally-ranked team. UNLV and Utah are the others. The Falcons are the only MWC team to play a team in the top 10.
Todd could join elite company
Todd has led the team in scoring three games this season and has hit double figures 12 times.
Falcons picked eighth