Air Force vs. Utah State
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. MT, USAFA
Air Force hosts Utah State Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in Clune Arena (5,843) at the Academy. The game begins a stretch of three games in five days for the Falcons. Utah State defeated Air Force, 71-49, earlier this season in Logan, Utah.
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Quick Facts Air Force Utah State
Record:............ 10-16 14-14
Conf. Record:... 4-10 7-8
Streak:............. L 3 L 2
Last Game:....... vs. San Diego State vs. Nevada (2/17)
Result: ............ L 56-67 L 87-93
Next Game:..... vs. Fresno State (2/26) at San Jose State (2/28)
Conference:..... Mountain West Mountain West
Nickname:....... Falcons Aggies
Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO Logan, UT
Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com UtahStateAggies.com
Category Air Force Utah State
Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich Tim Duryea
Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986 North Texas, 1988
School Record.. 82-110 (6th season) 44-46 (3rd season)
Career Record.. Same Same
Overall Utah State leads, 15-4
First Meeting Feb. 15, 1963 at USAFA (Air Force W 66-65)
Last Meeting Jan. 24, 2018 in Logan, UT (Utah State W 71-49)
Streaks Utah State W 2
Air Force and Utah State are meeting for the 21st time overall and ninth time as Mountain West foes. The Aggies lead the overall series, 16-4, and hold a 6-2 mark in MW meetings.
Utah State defeated Air Force, 71-49, earlier this season in Logan, Utah.
The teams split last season’s series with each team winning at home. Air Force defeated Utah State, 78-73, while the Aggies won, 89-58. The Falcons are 0-9 all-time in Logan. The team’s first played Feb. 15, 1963 at the Academy. Air Force won the game, 66-65.
EARLIER THIS SEASON VS. UTAH STATE
Sam Merrill scored 21 points and Koby McEwen added 20 as Utah State beat Air Force, 71-49, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah.
The Aggies out-scored Air Force, 15-4, to open the second half and race to a 44-29 lead with 14:26 to play. Merrill scored 11 points to key the run and Utah State never looked back. Air Force never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way. The Aggies went on to lead by as many as 25 points on their way to snapping a four-game losing streak.
Merrill scored 15 of his points in the second half and finished eight of 10 from the field, including 5-7 from three. McEwen hit 8-18 field goals and added seven rebounds and three assists. Quinn Taylor chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds. The Aggies hit 50 percent from the field, including a 53.3 clip in the second half. Utah State out-rebounded Air Force, 37-33, and had just 11 turnovers.
Air Force hit just 32.7 percent from the field, including a 3-22 effort from three. The Falcons missed their first 12 threes. Ryan Swan was the lone Falcon in double figures with a team-high 10 points. Lavelle Scottie added nine points and Caleb Morris chipped in with seven points, two threes and four rebounds.
- Air Force starters for the Utah State game: Trevor Lyons (G), Jacob Van (G), Keaton Van Soelen (F) Lavelle Scottie (F) and Ryan Swan (C). • Air Force’s two-game win streak in conference play was snapped.
- The Falcons fell to 0-10 all-time in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
- Sophomore Ryan Swan scored 10 points to lead the Falcons in scoring. Swan led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season.
- Sophomore Caleb Morris scored seven points and hit a then-career-best two threes. He also grabbed a then-career-high four rebounds.
LAST SEASON AT AIR FORCE
(Dec. 31, 2016 at USAFA) Jacob Van hit three of four free throws in the final 17 seconds, the final two coming with 2.1 seconds, to lead Air Force past Utah State, 78-73, in Clune Arena.
Van scored 16 points to lead the Falcons, including six of the team’s last seven points in the final 93 seconds. Junior Trevor Lyons broke a 68-all tie with a deep 3-pointer from the corner to give Air Force a 71-68 lead with 2:52 remaining. Van drilled a three from the top on the next possession to push the lead to 74-68 with 1:39 to play. Jalen Moore hit a layup and Koby McEwen hit a three sandwiched around a free throw by Lyons to make it 75-73 with 49 seconds left. Van then closed the game for the Falcons at the free throw line.
Van hit 5-12 field goals, including three of four from 3-point territory, and scored 10 of his points in the second half. Hayden Graham added 11 points and two blocks, including one in the final seconds to give Air Force a possession. Frank Toohey chipped in with 11 points.
Air Force hit 49.2 percent from the field, including a 53.8 clip in the second half. The Falcons hit 47.6 percent from three, including 5-9 in the second half. Air Force had just eight turnovers while forcing 12.
Utah State was led by McEwen, who had 22 points and six rebounds. Moore added 21 points and four rebounds. The Aggies hit 46.3 percent from the field, including 13 of 33 from 3-point territory. The Aggies were 10-11 from the free throw line.
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 home win over the Aggies.
....improve Air Force to 8-6 overall at home this season, including a 3-4 mark in Mountain West games.
....improve the Falcons to 5-16 all-time vs. Utah State. Air Force would improve to 5-5 at home vs. the Aggies.
AIR FORCE’S LAST GAME
Matt Mitchell scored 17 points and Malik Pope added 13 as San Diego State beat Air Force, 67-56, Wednesday night in a Mountain West men’s basketball game in Clune Arena at the Academy. The victory gives the Aztecs the season sweep over the Falcons.
San Diego State, who led 26-23 at the half, opened the second half with a 17-5 run to take a 43-28 lead with 15:06 remaining. Mitchell keyed the run with 11 points, including three 3-pointers. The Falcons cut the lead to eight, 50-42, with 9:55 left on a three by Caleb Morris, but were never able to get any closer. The Aztecs went on to lead by as many as 17 points from there.
San Diego State shot 48.1 percent from the field, including a 64.0 clip in the second half on 16-of-25 shooting. The Aztecs out-rebounded Air Force, 33-32, and held a 34-14 advantage in points in the paint. Jalen McDaniels added seven points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Aztecs, who had just 10 turnovers compared to 15 for Air Force.
The Falcons were led by Ryan Swan, who scored 11 points and had a team-best eight rebounds. CJ Siples added 10 points and four assists while Morris chipped in with nine points and career bests of seven rebounds and three 3-pointers. Trevor Lyons added a team-best seven assists. The Falcons hit just 39.6 percent from the field, but hit 36.1 from three and hit a season-best 13. The Falcons shot just two free throws compared to 15 for the Aztecs. Air Force’s first free throw came with 42 seconds left in the game.