Falcons Host New Mexico on Tuesday
Jan. 30, 2012
GAME #20Air Force Falcons vs. New Mexico LobosTuesday, Jan. 31, 20128 p.m. at Clune Arena (The Mtn.) SITELocation USAFA, Colo.Arena Clune ArenaCapacity 5,858 RADIONetwork Air Force / IMG Sports NetworkStation AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.Play-by-Play Jim ArthurAnalyst Matt Pauley TELEVISIONNetwork The Mtn.Play-by-Play Bill DolemanAnalyst Blaine Fowler INTERNETLive Stats goairforcefalcons.com COACHESJeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)Air Force 63-80, Fifth SeasonOverall 145-114, Ninth Season Steve Alford (Indiana, 1987)New Mexico 115-43, Fifth SeasonOverall 423-226, 21st Season ALL-TIME SERIESOverall New Mexico leads 50-18At USAFA New Mexico leads 18-12First Game Dec. 7, 1957Result Air Force won 68-50Last Game Mar. 5, 2011Result New Mexico won 66-51Current Streak New Mexico - 9 Falcons Host New Mexico on TuesdayThe Air Force Falcons will have the Mountain West stage to themselves when they host the New Mexico Lobos on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast locally on AM 740 KVOR and televised nationally on The Mtn. The Falcons are 11-8 and 1-4 in league play after losing a heartbreaker to UNLV, 65-63 in overtime, on Saturday, while New Mexico is 17-4 and 3-2 after defeating TCU, 71-54, on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. Air Force Nearly Downs Nationally-Ranked UNLVMichael Lyons scored 25 points and Kamryn Williams added a career-high 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds but Air Force committed six of its 17 turnovers in the overtime period and fell to #12/15 UNLV 65-63 Saturday at Clune Arena. Lyons, who made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored the most points in one game since notching a career-high 31 against Colorado on Nov. 23, was 9-of-19 from the field, had five rebounds, three assists and three steals Saturday. Up NextThe Falcons wrap up the first half of the Mountain West schedule on Saturday, Feb. 4 against the Colorado State Rams in Fort Collins, Colo., beginning at 3 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 Eight Losses to Winning TeamsThe eight teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 128-41 (.757 winning percentage) this season and all eight currently have a winning record. Still Looking For Second-Ever Win Against Ranked TeamAir Force is now 1-74 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 9-3 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 137 home games, good for a .759 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 66 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.606 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 his currently ranked 17th on the school’s career list with 215 assists. Mountain West / Missouri Valley ChallengeThe 2011-12 edition of the MWC/MVC Challenge was the third in a four-year agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences. Eight Challenge games were played this year, with each conference winning four games. Illinois State and Southern Illinois were the two Valley teams that did not participate in the 2011-12 Challenge Series. Below are the 2011-12 MW/MVC Challenge results: Date ResultNov. 30 Creighton 85, San Diego State 83Dec. 3 Drake 62, Air Force 60Dec. 3 Boise State 74, Indiana State 65Dec. 3 Northern Iowa 83, Colorado State 77Dec. 3 New Mexico 76, Missouri State 60Dec. 3 TCU 70, Evansville 68 (ot)Dec. 3 Wyoming 66, Bradley 49Dec. 4 Wichita State 89, UNLV 70 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 3.11 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 56.0 points per game their last 14. Air Force has not allowed more than 65 points in the last nine games. Opponents are shooting just 39.1 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from 3-point range this season and Wyoming is the only 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 40.5 percent (71-for-176) 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 75 career games, has 829 career points and is 39th 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. 60 Points Seems to be the KeyAir Force is 9-5 this season when it scores 60 points or more and 2-3 when scoring less than 60. The two wins were against Wright State (55-34) and Eastern Michigan (42-37).Defensively speaking, the Falcons are 8-2 when allowing less than 60 points and 3-6 when allowing 60 or more.