Feb. 25, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Wyoming Cowboys
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
7 p.m. at Clune Arena
Location USAFA, Colo.
Arena Clune Arena
Network Air Force / IMG Sports Network
Station AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Network ROOT Sports
(DirecTV - 683; Dish - 414; Comcast - 35)
Play-by-Play Drew Goodman
Analyst Dave Bollwinkel
Sideline Jenny Cavnar
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force 17-16, First Full Season
Larry Shyatt (College of Wooster, 1973)
Wyoming 58-30, Third Season
Overall 128-114, Eighth Season
Overall Wyoming leads 73-32
At USAFA Wyoming leads 31-18
First Game Feb. 25, 1958
Result Air Force won 78-73
Last Game Jan. 26, 2013
Result Air Force won 57-48
Current Streak Air Force - 2
Falcons Host Wyoming on Tuesday
The Air Force men’s basketball team looks for its first sweep of a Mountain West opponent on Tuesday, Feb. 26 when it battles the Wyoming Cowboys at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on ROOT Sports. Air Force fell to 15-10 and 6-6 in the Mountain West after a 77-65 loss at Boise State last Wednesday. Wyoming dropped to 18-9 overall and 4-9 in the league following a 65-42 loss to UNLV at home on Saturday. Air Force, which defeated Wyoming 57-48 on Jan. 26 in Laramie, is tied for fifth in the Mountain West standings with Boise State, while the Cowboys are alone in seventh place.
Michael Lyons Has Historic Game vs. Colorado State
Senior Michael Lyons nearly single-handedly defeated 24th-ranked Colorado State at Clune Arena on Jan. 16. Despite a career-high 45 points by Lyons, Air Force lost to the Rams, 89-86. His 45 points were:
• The fifth-most ever by an Air Force player in one game and the most since Bob Beckel scored a school-record 50 against Arizona on Feb. 28, 1959.
• The most ever by an Air Force player not named Bob Beckel (Beckel owns the top four point totals)
• The most ever by an Air Force player in a conference game and by any player in a game at Clune Arena
• The third-highest point total in a Division I game this season
• Lyons’ 17 made field goals were one shy of the school record (18 by Bob Beckel vs. Colorado School of Mines on Dec. 15, 1956)
• Lyons’ 17 made field goals were the second-most ever by a Mountain West player (Jimmer Fredette - 22) and the most in a Mountain West regular-season game
Lyons Named Mountain West Player of the Week
For his efforts, Michael Lyons was named the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Feb. 18. This was the second time in his career Lyons has won the award. In addition to his career-high 45 points against CSU, he scored a game-high 27 points and tied his season-high with four assists in a 71-56 victory over UNLV on Jan. 13.
The Falcons travel to face the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, March 2 beginning at 7 p.m. (PT).
All But One Loss to Winning Teams
The nine teams that have defeated Air Force this season have a combined 175-67 record (.723 winning percentage). New Mexico is 23-4, Wichita State is 24-5, Florida is 22-4, Colorado State is 21-6, UNLV is
21-7, Colorado is 18-8, Boise State is 18-8, Richmond is 16-11 and Nevada is 12-14. New Mexico, Colorado, Florida, UNLV, Wichita State and Colorado State have all been in the Top 25 this season.
Lyons Leads the Mountain West in Scoring
Michael Lyons continues to lead the Mountain West in scoring after his career-high 45 points against Colorado State on Jan. 16. He is averaging 18.8 points per game and is ranked 31st in the nation in scoring according to the latest NCAA Division I rankings released on Friday, Feb. 22.
Still a Solid Record at Clune
Including their 11-2 record this season, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last nine-plus seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 116 of its 154 home games, good for a .753 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 46 of their 78 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.590 pct).
6-6 is Fifth-Best Start Ever in League Play
Air Force’s 6-6 record in the Mountain West ties the fifth-best start ever in program history after 12 league games. The Falcons have been 10-2 once in the past (2003-04), 9-3 once (2006-07), 8-4 once (2005-06), 7-5 once (2004-05) and this is the only season at 6-6.
Todd Fletcher Third in Nation in Assist-Turnover Ratio
Senior point guard Todd Fletcher leads the Mountain West and is ranked No. 3 in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 3.33. Fletcher has 100 assists and 30 turnovers in 25 games this season.