Air Force opens a three-game home stand by hosting San Diego State Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Clune Arena (5,843) at the Academy. This is the second meeting this season between the two. The Aztecs defeated Air Force, 81-50, Feb. 3 in San Diego.
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Quick Facts Air Force San Diego State
Record:............ 10-15 15-10
Conf. Record:... 4-9 7-7
Streak:............. L 2 W 2
Last Game:....... at Boise State (2/17) vs. UNLV (2/17)
Result:............. L 52-76 W 94-56
Next Game:..... vs. Utah State (2/24) at San Jose State (2/24)
Conference:..... Mountain West Mountain West
Nickname:....... Falcons Aztecs
Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO San Diego, CA
Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com GoAztecs.com
Category Air Force San Diego State
Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich Brian Dutcher
Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986 Minnesota, 1982
School Record.. 82-109 (6th season) 15-10 (1st season)
Career Record.. Same Same
Overall................................................ San Diego State leads, 54-23
First Meeting. Dec. 8, 1973 in Omaha, NE (San Diego State W 87-68)
...................................................... Great Plains Classic, Omaha, NE
Last Meeting........... Feb. 3, 2018 at SDSU (San Diego State W 81-50)
Streaks............................................................ San Diego State W 2
Air Force and San Diego State are meeting for the 79th time overall. The Aztecs lead the series, 55-23. SDSU is 19-16 at Air Force, 31-6 at home and 5-1 in neutral site games. San Diego State beat Air Force, 81-50, in San Diego earlier this season.
The teams split the season series last year, each winning at home. Air Force beat San Diego State, 60-57, to snap a six-game Aztec winning streak in the series. SDSU was a 51-38 winner in San Diego.
The teams first played Dec. 8, 1973 in Omaha, Neb., in the Great Plains Classic. The Aztecs won the game, 87-68, which is the lone non-conference game between the schools.
EARLIER THIS SEASON VS. SDSU
Jalen McDaniels scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead four players in double figures as San Diego State downed Air Force, 81-50, Feb. 3 in Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif.
San Diego State hit seven of its first 11 shots, including its first five, to jump out to a 21-7 lead with 11:57 left in the first half. The Aztecs extended the lead to as many as 18 points, 29-11, before taking a 35-21 lead at the half. San Diego State was never seriously threatened in the second half and led by as many as 34 points.
The Aztecs hit 51.9 percent from the field, including 53.3 percent in the second half, and out-rebounded Air Force, 41-29. SDSU hit 42.3 percent from three on 11-26 shooting and had 15 assists and 10 blocked shots. Jeremy Hemsley added 14 points for SDSU while Devin Watson and Max Montona chipped in with 13 points each.
Air Force was led by Lavelle Scottie, who was the lone Falcon in double figures with 16 points. He hit 8-13 field goals and added five rebounds. Sid Tomes added eight points and a career-best four steals. Ryan Swan led the Falcons with seven rebounds. Air Force hit just 32.8 percent from the field, including a 6-27 clip from three. The Falcons assisted on 17 of 20 field goals.
LAST SEASON AT AIR FORCE
(Jan. 24, 2017 at USAFA) Trevor Lyons scored 15 points to lead Air Force past San Diego State, 60-57, Jan. 24 in Clune Arena.
Air Force hit just three of six free throws in the final 38 seconds, but held the Aztecs scoreless the final 51 seconds and without a field goal in the final 2:36. Jacob Van hit two free throws with 38 seconds left to give Air Force the lead for good, 59-57. Lyons added one of two free throws with 22 seconds remaining to make up the final margin. Air Force forced a heavily contested 3-pointer that missed everything and went out of bounds with .7 seconds left. The Falcons threw the inbounds pass past half court and touched it to end the game.
The Falcons opened the second half with an 8-2 run to cut the lead to four, 36-32, with 17:43 to play. The Aztecs held Air Force off until a free throw by Frank Toohey tied the game at 53-all with 5:16 to play. The game was tied twice after that, but the Falcons never trailed again.
Air Force shot just 38.5 percent from the field for the game, but hit 44.4 percent in the second half. The Falcons out-rebounded San Diego State, 38-37.
The Falcons held San Diego State to just 37.5 percent shooting, including an 8-for-29 effort from 3-point territory. Air Force held the Aztecs to 1-10 in the second half from three. Air Force also forced 14 San Diego State turnovers and out-scored the Aztecs, 25-14, in bench points.
Toohey added nine points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds for Air Force. Zach Kocur added eight points and a team-best four assists while Dane Norman chipped in with eight points and three rebounds. He hit both 3-pointers and free throws he took.
San Diego State was led by Trey Kell, who scored 14 points. Max Hoetzel added 11 points and eight rebounds, but was held to just two points in the second half.
AN AIR FORCE WIN WOULD.....
....split the season series between the two schools for the second straight year with each winning at home.
....be Air Force’s second straight win at home vs. San Diego State.
....be Air Force’s third straight conference home win which would be the longest streak since winning four straight in 2014-15. The Falcons beat New Mexico (53-49) Feb. 4, Wyoming (73-50) Feb. 7, UNLV (76-75) Feb. 14 and Nevada (75-70) Feb. 25 that year.
....improve Air Force to 8-5 overall at home this season, including a 3-3 mark in Mountain West games.
....improve the Falcons to 24-55 all-time vs. San Diego State. Air Force would improve to 17-19 at home vs. the Aztecs.
AIR FORCE’S LAST GAME
Chris Sengfelder scored 17 points to lead four Broncos in double figures as Boise State beat Air Force, 76-52, in Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.
Justinian Jessup added 15 points, Zach Haney 11 and Chandler Hutchinson 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Boise State, who improved to 14-1 at home this season. The Broncos hit 52.8 percent from the field, including 14-of-28 from three and out-rebounded Air Force, 35-25.
Air Force trailed 38-25 at the half and opened the second half with four straight points to cut the lead to nine, 38-29, just over a minute into the second half. The Broncos answered with three straight threes to key a 9-0 run and push the lead to 18 points, 47-29, with 13:55 left. Air Force was 0-7 with four turnovers during the run. The Falcons went 7:02 without scoring before Lavelle Scottie hit a short jumper with make it 47-31 with 11:52 left. Air Force was never able to get closer than 13 points the rest of the way, as Boise State went on to lead by as many 27 points, 69-42, with 4:32 left.
Scottie led the Falcons with 11 points. Freshman Keaton Van Soelen added 10 points, three rebounds and a career-best three assists. His double-figure scoring effort is his first in Mountain West play this season. Jonathan DeWane added eight points and a career-best four rebounds. Air Force shot just 38.5 percent from the field, including a 29.4 clip from three. Air Force had just eight assists and 10 turnovers.