Falcons Travel to Colorado State For Saturday Tilt
Feb. 2, 2012
GAME #21Air Force Falcons vs. Colorado State RamsSaturday, Feb. 4, 20123 p.m. at Ft. Collins, Colo. (CBS Sports Network) SITELocation Fort Collins, Colo.Arena Moby ArenaCapacity 8,745 RADIONetwork Air Force / IMG Sports NetworkStation AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.Play-by-Play Jim ArthurAnalyst Matt Pauley TELEVISIONNetwork CBS College SportsPlay-by-Play James BatesAnalyst Steve Lappas INTERNETLive Stats goairforcefalcons.com COACHESJeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)Air Force 63-81, Fifth SeasonOverall 145-115, Ninth Season Tim Miles (Mary College, 1989)Colorado State 65-83, Fifth SeasonOverall 277-215, 17th Season ALL-TIME SERIESOverall Colorado State leads 66-31At Ft. Collins Colorado State leads 36-10First Game Jan. 19, 1957Result Air Force won 70-62Last Game Feb. 26, 2011Result Air Force won 74-57Current Streak Air Force - 1 Falcons Travel to Colorado State For Saturday TiltThe Air Force Falcons wrap up the first half of conference play on Saturday, Feb. 4 against the Colorado State Rams in Fort Collins, Colo. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the game will be broadcast locally on AM 740 KVOR and televised nationally on CBS College Sports Network. The Falcons are 11-9 and 1-5 in league play after losing to New Mexico, 81-42, on Tuesday at Clune Arena, while Colorado State is 14-7 and 3-3 after falling to 11th-ranked UNLV, 82-63, on Wednesday in Las Vegas. Air Force Falls to New MexicoFreshman Max Yon was the only Air Force player in double figures with a career-high 11 points as the Falcons gave up a season-high 81 points in an 81-42 loss to New Mexico Tuesday night at Clune Arena. Mike Fitzgerald and Justin Hammonds each added eight points for Air Force, while Drew Gordon and Kendall Williams led the Lobos with 13 points apiece. New Mexico ran out to a 40-19 halftime lead and shot 59.3 percent from the field, the best by an Air Force opponent since TCU shot 61 percent on Feb. 6, 2010. Up NextThe Falcons take a week off before starting the second half of the Mountain West slate on Saturday, Feb. 11 against the Boise State Broncos at Clune Arena, 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 Nine Losses to Winning TeamsThe nine teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 169-47 (.782 winning percentage) this season and all nine 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 9-4 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 138 home games, good for a .754 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 67 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.597 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 217 assists. 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, two 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. 7 in the Mountain West with 3.15 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 had been very strong prior to the New Mexico loss on Tuesday. After allowing an average of 62.2 points per game their first five games, the Falcons allowed just 56.0 points per game the 14 before the UNM contest and Air Force had not allowed more than 65 points in the previous nine games. Opponents are shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range this season and New Mexico became the first team this season to shoot better than 50 percent from the field against the Falcons. 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 40.6 percent (74-for-180) 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 76 career games, has 835 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 2-4 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 3-7 when allowing 60 or more.