Falcons Play at Mountain West Leader New Mexico on Wednesday

    Senior forward Mike Fitzgerald
    Senior forward Mike Fitzgerald

    Feb. 5, 2013

    GAME #21
    Air Force Falcons vs. #15/16 New Mexico Lobos
    Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013
    7 p.m. at Albuquerque, N.M.
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    Location Albuquerque, N.M.
    Arena University Arena (The Pit)
    Capacity 15,411

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    COACHES
    Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
      Air Force 16-12, First Full Season
      Overall Same

    Steve Alford (Indiana, 1987)
      New Mexico 145-49, Sixth Season
      Overall 453-229, 22nd Season

    ALL-TIME SERIES
    Overall New Mexico leads 52-18
      At Albuquerque New Mexico leads 30-4

    First Game Dec. 7, 1957 
      Result Air Force won 68-50

    Last Game Mar. 8, 2012 
      Result New Mexico won 79-64

    Current Streak New Mexico - 11

    Falcons Play at Mountain West Leader New Mexico on Wednesday
     The Air Force men’s basketball team will play for a share of first place in the Mountain West on Wednesday, Feb. 6 against the #15/16 New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque, N.M. Tip-off at The Pit is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on ROOT Sports. Air Force improved to 14-6 and 5-2 in the league after upsetting #22/20 San Diego State 70-67 Saturday at Clune Arena. New Mexico is 19-3 and 6-1 in league play following a 75-62 win over Nevada at home last Saturday. UNM sits atop the Mountain West standings while Air Force is tied for second with Colorado State.

    Air Force Gets Third Win Ever Against Ranked Teams
     With its 70-67 victory over #22/20 San Diego State on Saturday, Air Force improved to 3-78 against ranked opponents in program history. SDSU was the fourth ranked team Air Force had faced this season, including an 89-74 decision at 23rd-ranked Colorado (Nov. 25), a 78-61 loss to #14/11 Florida (Dec. 29) and a 76-71 overtime loss at #24/19 UNLV (Jan. 12). The two previous victories in program history came against No. 21 UTEP (75-72) on Feb. 15, 1992 and No. 13 San Diego State (58-56) on Feb. 18, 2012. 

    5-2 Ties Third-Best Start Ever in League Play
     Air Force’s 5-2 record in the Mountain West ties the third-best start ever in program history after seven league games. The Falcons have been 6-1 twice in the past (2003-04 and ‘06-07) and this is the third time at 5-2, the other two times during the 2004-05 and ‘05-06 campaigns.

    Four Straight Conference Wins  - First Time in Six Years
     With its 70-67 victory over San Diego State on Saturday, Air Force has won four consecutive conference games for the first time since the first four games of the 2006-07 conference slate.

    All Six Losses to Winning Teams
     The six teams that have defeated Air Force this season have a combined 100-31 record (.763 winning percentage). Wichita State is 19-4, Florida is 18-2, Colorado State is 18-4, UNLV is 17-5, Colorado is 14-7 and Richmond is 14-9. Colorado, Florida, UNLV and Wichita State have been in the Top 25 this season.

    Up Next
     The Falcons will stay on the road and travel to Reno, Nev. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. (PT). Air Force defeated the Wolf Pack, 78-65, at Clune Arena on Jan. 9 in the conference opener.

    Michael Lyons No. 7 Spot on Career Scoring List
     Senior Michael Lyons moved into seventh place on Air Force’s career scoring list with 11 points against Wyoming on Jan. 26. He became the 23rd player in Air Force history to reach the 1,000-point plateau against Army in the season opener. Lyons, who entered the season with 997 career points, sank a three-pointer 2:16 into the game to join the prestigious club. The last Falcon to join the 1,000-point club was Matt McCraw in 2007. Lyons has 1,359 career points.
     
    First Wire-to-Wire League Win in Over Two Years 
     Air Force led wire-to-wire in its 57-48 victory at Wyoming last Saturday, the first wire-to-wire conference win since defeating the Cowboys, 72-51, at Clune Arena on Jan. 22, 2011. It was also AFA’s first wire-to-wire conference road win since joining the Mountain West in 1999. 

    70 Points Seems to be the Key
     Air Force is 10-2 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 4-4 when scoring less than 70. Defensively speaking, the Falcons are a perfect 12-0 when allowing 70 points or less and 2-6 when allowing more than 70. The two victories were an 86-72 triumph over Montana State and the 91-80 win over Boise State on Jan. 19.

    Most Assists in One Game Since 1997
     Air Force had 27 assists in its victory over New Orleans on Jan. 23, the most in one game since a school-record 36 against Doane on Nov. 22, 1997. Tre’ Coggins dished out a career-high eight and 11 Falcons had at least one. The Falcons also posted 26 assists agaisnt Western State  and 25 against Montana State. 
     
    Todd Fletcher Tied for Fourth on Career Assist List
     Senior Todd Fletcher moved into a tie for fourth place on AFA’s career assist list against San Diego  State on Saturday. Fletcher, who is third in the Mountain West with 3.9 assists per game, dished out a season-high eight against Western State and at UNLV and has 328 for his career.
     Here is the career assists list at Air Force. The school began keeping assists as a season total in 1972.

    Still a Solid Record at Clune
     Including their 10-1 record this season, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last nine-plus seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 115 of its 152 home games, good for a .757 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 45 of their 75 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.600 pct).

    Another Jump in the RPI 
     Air Force jumped three spots to No. 68 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, released on Monday, Feb. 4. The Mountain West has seven teams in the top 68 of the NCAA RPI. New Mexico is No. 5 in the latest NCAA RPI.

    Most Points Ever in Mountain West Game
     Air Force’s 91 points vs. Boise State on Jan. 19 were the most scored by an Air Force team in a Mountain West game, surpassing the previous high of 88 against Wyoming on Feb. 3, 2007. It was also the third-most ever in any conference game and the most since scoring 92 against Hawaii on Jan. 18, 1996.

    Mike Fitzgerald No. 6 on AFA’s Career 3-Pt Percentage List
     Senior Mike Fitzgerald attempted his 150th career 3-pointer last season against Johnson & Wales, making him eligible for Air Force’s career list for three-point percentage. Fitzgerald is shooting 39.7 percent (102-for-256) for his career, placing him sixth on the list.

    Todd Fletcher Eighth in Nation in Assist-Turnover Ratio
     Senior point guard Todd Fletcher leads the Mountain West and is ranked No. 8 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 3.04. Fletcher has 79 assists and 26 turnovers in 20 games this season.

    Unbelievable Free-Throw Shooting Lately
     Air Force is by far the best free-throw shooting team in the Mountain West in conference games only. After shooting just 65.8 percent from the line in the 12 games prior to starting conference play, the Falcons are shooting 83.2 percent (99-119) from the stripe in its seven league games. Boise State is No. 2 in the MW for conference games only at 76.9 percent.

    Ninth Time Ever With Five League Wins
     This is just the ninth season since Air Force joined a conference in 1980-81 that it has won at least five conference games. 


     

     

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