Feb. 18, 2011
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Air Force Falcons (13-11, 4-7 MWC) vs. #6 San Diego St. Aztecs (26-1, 11-1 MWC)
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
12 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 Rich Cellini
Analyst Andrea Lloyd
Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
Air Force 49-67, Fourth Season
Overall 130-101, Eighth Season
Steve Fisher (Illinois State, 1967)
SDSU 224-150, 12th Season
Overall 408-232, 20th Season
Overall San Diego State leads 45-20
At USAFA San Diego State leads 16-13
First Game Dec. 8, 1973
Result SDSU won 68-67
Last Game Jan. 19, 2011
Result SDSU won 68-55
Current Streak SDSU - 6
Falcons Host No. 6 San Diego State on Saturday
The Air Force Falcons (13-11, 4-7 MWC) play the highest ranked team at Clune Arena in 13 years on Saturday, Feb. 19 against the San Diego State Aztecs (26-1, 11-1 MWC) beginning at 12 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on AM 740 KVOR and televised nationally on The Mtn. The Falcons are coming off a 49-42 loss to UNLV in Las Vegas on Tuesday, while the Aztecs, ranked No. 6 in both polls this week, are the highest-ranked team to invade Clune since 4th-ranked Utah on Jan. 22, 1998. SDSU defeated the Falcons, 68-55, on Jan. 19 in San Diego.
Air Force Falls at UNLV, 49-42
Tre'Von Willis had 13 points to lead UNLV over Air Force 49-42 on Tuesday night in the
lowest-scoring game of the season for both teams.
Willis went 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. He also had four rebounds and four assists.
The Rebels (19-7, 7-5 Mountain West) held the Falcons (13-11, 4-7) scoreless for 13:27 in the second half and to 19 points in that session.
Derek Brooks and Michael Lyons each led Air Force with 12 points. Brooks added seven rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the field with UNLV going 14 of 42 (33 percent) while Air Force was 16 of 44 (36 percent). From 3-point range, the Rebels were 2-14, and the Falcons were 6-24.
Falcons Still Looking For Win Against Top Ten
With their loss to BYU last Wednesday, the Falcons fell to 0-29 all-time against teams ranked in the top 10. Air Force also fell to 1-70 all-time against ranked teams. The only victory was a 75-72 victory over 21st-ranked UTEP on Feb. 15, 1992 at Clune Arena. San Diego State will be the 11th Top 10 team to play at the Academy in program history.
The Falcons travel to Laramie, Wyo., on Wednesday, Feb. 23 to face the Wyoming Cowboys. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. 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 11 Losses to Winning Teams
The nine teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 167-65 (.720 winning percentage) this season and all nine currently have a winning record.
Falcons Top 50 in Country in Four Stats
The Falcons are ranked No. 29 in the country in three-point percentage and 34th in field-goal percentage. In addition, Air Force is in the top 50 in the country in two other categories (Feb. 18).
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 8-0 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 5-11 when scoring less than 70. The five 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 12-5 when allowing less than 70 points and 1-6 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.
First Back-to-Back Road Wins Since 2007
With its 54-49 victory at Utah on Feb. 5, Air Force won consecutive road games for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when the Falcons won at Colorado State (Jan. 3) and Wyoming (Jan. 13). Air Force had defeated TCU, 66-65 in overtime, on Jan. 29.
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 (12.6 ppg) and scored a career-high 26 points on Jan. 5 vs. Utah. He has scored in double figures 15 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 51.1 percent from the field and is fourth on the team in scoring at 8.3 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 2.25 assist-to-turnover ratio. He scored a career-high 15 points against CSU Northridge, is second on the team with 63 assists and has committed just 13 turnovers in his last 17 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 17 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 48.7 percent. He is also shooting a league-leading 54.5 percent (30-for-55) from three-point range in conference games only. Fow, who is second on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg), has hit double figures in 11 of his last 14 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 295. 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.
Stucky Finally Gets His Shot
Junior guard Scott Stucky appeared in his first career game Dec. 8 at Wright State. Stucky, playing just 30 minutes from his hometown of Dublin, Ohio, did not play in either of his first two years after suffering a torn ACL prior to each season. He scored four points at WSU.
Most Assists in Nearly Four Years
The Falcons dished out 24 assists against Tennessee State on Nov. 20, the most by an Air Force team since it had 24 against Norfolk State on Dec. 13, 2006.
Stellar Second Half vs. TSU
Air Force scored 58 points and shot 76 percent (19-of-25) from the field in the second half against Tennessee State on Nov. 20. The 58 points were the most in one half since scoring 58 in the second half vs. Utah on Jan. 16, 2007 and it was the best shooting percentage in one half since shooting 76.5 percent (13-of-17) in the first half against Utah on Jan. 19, 2006.
Still a Great Record at Clune
Including a 9-4 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 121 home games, good for a .760 winning percentage.
In addition, the Falcons have won 38 of their 61 Mountain West Conference games at Clune during that same stretch (.623 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 917 career points and is currently 32nd 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 (38.3%) and is third in field-goal percentage (47.2%) for all games played. In MWC games only, the Falcons are shooting a league-high 41.7 percent from long range and are No. 2 in FG% at 46.2 percent.
Tom Fow Named All-Tourney at Sun Bowl Invite
Senior Tom Fow was named to the all-tournament team at the Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 28-29 after averaging 14 points and four rebounds in AFA’s two games.
Air Force Almost 60 Percent Last 7
Air Force is currently ranked fifth among Mountain West Conference teams for the best overall winning percentage since the beginning of the 2003-04 season. AFA’s winning percentage is 57.4 percent. Air Force is one of only five teams in the conference to have a winning record in at least five of the last seven seasons (UNLV (7); BYU, New Mexico (6), San Diego State (5), Air Force (5)).
Washington No. 3 in Career Starts
Evan Washington started the 104th game of his career on Tuesday at UNLV. That places him No. 3 on AFA’s career list, just one behind second-place Joel Gerlach (2000-04) and two behind all-time leader Otis Jones (1991-95).