Feb. 8, 2011
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Air Force Falcons (13-9, 4-5 MWC) vs. #7/8 BYU Cougars (22-2, 8-1 MWC)
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
8 p.m. at Clune Arena
Location USAFA, Colo.
Arena Clune Arena
Network Air Force Basketball Network
Station AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Network The Mtn.
Play-by-Play James Bates
Analyst Joe Cravens
Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
Air Force 49-65, Fourth Season
Overall 130-99, Eighth Season
Dave Rose (Houston, 1983)
BYU 149-42, Sixth Season
Overall BYU leads 53-12
At USAFA BYU leads 22-7
First Game Dec. 19, 1961
Result Air Force won 68-66
Last Game Jan. 8, 2011
Result BYU won 76-66
Current Streak BYU - 11
Falcons Host No. 7/8 BYU on Wednesday
The Air Force Falcons (13-9, 4-5 MWC) play the highest ranked team at Clune Arena in 13 years on Wednesday, Feb. 9 against the BYU Cougars (22-2, 8-1 MWC) beginning at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on AM 740 KVOR and televised nationally on The Mtn. The Falcons are coming off a 54-49 victory over Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, while the Cougars, ranked No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 8 in the coaches poll, are the highest-ranked team to invade Clune since 4th-ranked Utah on Jan. 22, 1998. BYU defeated UNLV, 78-64, last Saturday in Provo, Utah.
Air Force Wins Second Straight Road Game
Zach Bohannon scored a career-high 12 points and Air Force pulled away from Utah early then held on for a 54-49 victory Saturday night. Bohannon also had eight rebounds and five assists, both career bests, for the Falcons, who have won consecutive conference road games after losing their previous 20.
Shawn Glover scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Utes (10-13, 3-6), who have lost three in a row and were held under 50 points for the first time this season.
With Utah trailing by seven late, Will Clyburn scored five straight points to make it 48-46 with 1:22 to play, but Air Force answered with its own 5-0 run to secure its first win in Salt Lake City since 2006.
After Clyburn's basket, Air Force's Evan Washington grabbed a miss by Todd Fletcher and scored on a putback to push the Falcons lead to 50-46.
First Back-to-Back Road Wins Since 2007
With its victories at TCU on Jan. 29 and at Utah on Saturday, the Falcons have won consecutive road games for the first time since winning at Colo. State and Wyoming on Jan. 3 & 13, 2007.
The Falcons are idle this weekend and will take on UNLV on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Las Vegas, Nev. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (PT) and the game will be televised on The Mtn.
Most Wins Since 2007-08
With 13 overall and four MWC wins this season, Air Force has the most victories 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. AFA was 16-14 overall and 8-8 in the MWC in `07-08.
All Nine Losses to Winning Teams
The nine teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 154-54 (.740 winning percentage) this season and all nine currently have a winning record.
Falcons No. 13 in the Country in FG Pct.
The Falcons are ranked No. 13 in the country in field-goal percentage and 19th in three-point percentage. In addition, Air Force is in the top 50 in the country in five other categories (Feb. 7).
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 8-0 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 5-9 when scoring less than 70. The four wins were against UCCS (66-53), Evansville (57-56), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (63-52), TCU (66-65 in ot) and at Utah on Saturday (54-49).
Defensively speaking, the Falcons are 12-4 when allowing less than 70 points and 1-5 when allowing 70 or more. The only win was an 87-72 victory over Tennessee State.
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.
Falcons Still Winless Against Top Ten
With their 68-55 loss at San Diego State on Jan. 19, the Falcons fell to 0-28 all-time against teams ranked in the top 10. San Diego State, ranked No. 6 at the time, 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.
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 (12.7 ppg) and scored a career-high 26 points on Jan. 5 vs. Utah. He has scored in double figures 13 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 54.9 percent from the field and is fourth on the team in scoring at 8.9 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 2.47 assist-to-turnover ratio. He scored a career-high 15 points against CSU Northridge, is second on the team with 57 assists and has committed just eight turnovers in his last 15 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 six career double-figure games have come at the Marriott Center. Fitzgerald, who also scored 13 points against New Mexico, has made 12 of his last 13 three-point attempts.
Fow Leads the MWC in 3-Point Pct.
Senior Tom Fow is ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference in 3-point field-goal percentage at 49.5 percent. He is 21-for-34 (61.8%) from three-point range his last seven games and has averaged just under three 3-pointers made per game in his last 12 games. Fow, who is second on the team in scoring (12.4 ppg), has hit double figures in 10 of his last 12 games.
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. 5 on the list with 286. 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.
Still a Great Record at Clune
Including a 9-3 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 120 home games, good for a .767 winning percentage.
In addition, the Falcons have won 38 of their 60 Mountain West Conference games at Clune during that same stretch (.633 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 906 career points and is currently 34th on the school's career scoring list.
Falcons Near Top of League in Shooting Pcts.
Air Force leads the Mountain West Conference in three-point percentage (39.2%) and is second in field-goal percentage (48.3) for all games played. The Falcons lead the league in both categories in MWC games only, shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from long range in their nine league games.