Falcons Host No. 13/15 San Diego State on Saturday
Feb. 17, 2012
GAME #24Air Force Falcons vs. # 13/15 San Diego State AztecsSaturday, Feb. 18, 20122 p.m. at Clune Arena (NBC Sports Network) 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 NBC Sports NetworkPlay-by-Play Paul BurmeisterAnalyst Blaine Fowler INTERNETLive Stats goairforcefalcons.com COACHESDave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)Air Force 1-1, First Season as Head CoachOverall Same Steve Fisher (Illinois State, 1967)San Diego State 252-157, 13th SeasonOverall 436-239, 21st Season ALL-TIME SERIESOverall San Diego State leads 47-20At USAFA San Diego State leads 17-13First Game Dec. 8, 1973Result San Diego State won 68-67Last Game Jan. 21, 2012Result San Diego State won 57-44Current Streak San Diego State - 8 Dave Pilipovich Wins First Career Game as Head CoachDave Pilipovich won his first game as a collegiate head coach on Wednesday when Air Force defeated Wyoming 58-53 in Laramie, Wyo. Pilipovich became the eighth head coach in the history of the Air Force men’s basketball program on February 8, 2012. Pilipovich was in his fifth season as a member of the coaching staff and first as associate head coach when he was promoted to head coach after Jeff Reynolds was relieved of his duties.Pilipovich, who spent the previous 25 years as a collegiate assistant coach, helped Air Force to a 16-14 record in his first season as an assistant (2007-08) and was instrumental in the Falcons making the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last year, the team’s first postseason appearance since 2007. Jeff Reynolds Relieved of his Duties as Head CoachAir Force men’s basketball coach Jeff Reynolds was relieved of his duties effective immediately, announced on Feb. 8 by Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh. Reynolds was in his fifth season at Air Force with a 63-82 overall record. Reynolds, the seventh head coach in Air Force basketball history, guided the Falcons to a 16-16 record in 2010-11 and a spot in the CollegeInsider.com tournament, AFA’s first post-season appearance since 2007.Air Force was 10-21 in 2009-10 and 2008-09 and 16-14 in his first season in 2007-08. Reynolds, who served as an assistant coach with the Falcons for two seasons before his promotion to head coach on April 17, 2007, has an overall career record of 145-116 in nine seasons. Falcons Host No. 13/15 San Diego State on SaturdayThe Air Force Falcons return home to to face the No. 13/15 San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast locally on AM 740 KVOR and televised nationally on NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS). The Falcons are 12-11 and 2-7 in league play after downing Wyoming, 58-53, on Wednesday in Laramie, while San Diego State fell to 20-5 and 6-3 after falling to New Mexico, 77-67, at home on Wednesday. Air Force Rallies to Beat WyomingMichael Lyons scored a game-high 24 points for the second straight game and Air Force rallied from a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Wyoming, 58-53, Wednesday at the Arena Auditorium. Lyons scored 13 of his points in the second half, including 10 during a 14-2 run that put the Falcons ahead 54-47 with just over four minutes remaining. Taylor Broekhuis added 12 points and Mike Fitzgerald chipped in with six points and a team-high six rebounds as the Falcons snapped a seven-game losing streak. Up NextThe Falcons reman at home to face the TCU Horned Frogs on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. All 11 Losses to Teams With at Least a .500 RecordThe 11 teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 196-80 (.710 winning percentage) this season and all 11 currently have at least a .500 record. Five of the teams, Wagner, Gonzaga, New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State, have at least 20 wins this season. Still Looking For Second-Ever Win Against Ranked TeamAir Force is 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. AFA Overcomes Largest Deficit Of Season at WyomingAir Force’s rally from a 14-point deficit against Wyoming on Wednesday was the largest this season and the largest since overcoming an 18-point deficit against Sam Houston State (W, 76-65) on Dec. 28, 2010.It was also the largest deficit Air Force has overcome against a Mountain West opponent since Jan. 9, 2007, when Air Force rallied from a 21-point first-half deficit to beat New Mexico, 65-57, at Clune Arena. Fletcher 15th on Career Assist ListWith 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 15th on the school’s career list with 232 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 seven assists in each of his first two games and is No. 7 in the Mountain West with 3.4 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. Fitzgerald No. 7 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 39.5 percent (75-for-190) for his career, placing him No. 7 on the list. Falcons 24th in the Nation in Scoring DefenseAir Force is ranked 23rd in the nation (338 teams ranked) in scoring defense according to the national Division I statistical summary released by the NCAA on Friday, Feb. 17. The Falcons are allowing just 59.5 points per game. 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 79 career games, has 899 career points and is 36th 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 9-6 this season when it scores 60 points or more and 3-5 when scoring less than 60. The three wins were against Wright State (55-34), Eastern Michigan (42-37) and Wyoming (58-53).Defensively speaking, the Falcons are 9-2 when allowing less than 60 points and 3-9 when allowing 60 or more. Still a Great Record at CluneIncluding their 9-5 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 139 home games, good for a .748 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 68 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.588 pct). No Offensive Boards, Not a ProblemAir Force had zero offensive rebounds against Wyoming on Wednesday, the first time that has happened since Feb. 15, 2003. Interestingly, Air Force won that game as well, 80-75 over Colorado State.