Air Force hosts Fresno State Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in Clune Arena (5,843). Fresno State defeated Air Force, 71-59, earlier this season in Fresno, Calif. The game is the second in a stretch that has the Falcons playing three games in five days. This game was rescheduled from earlier this season.
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Quick Facts Air Force Fresno State
Record:............ 11-16 20-9
Conf. Record:... 5-10 10-6
Streak:............. W 1 L 1
Last Game:....... vs. Utah State (2/24) vs. Wyoming (2/24)
Result:............. W 75-65 L 68-78
Next Game:..... at Wyoming (2/28) at New Mexico (3/3)
Conference:..... Mountain West Mountain West
Nickname:....... Falcons Bulldogs
Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO Fresno, CA
Website:.......... GoAirForceFalcons.com GoBulldogs.com
Category Air Force Fresno State
Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich Rodney Terry
Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986 St. Edwards, 1990
School Record.. 83-110 (6th season) 125-106 (7th season)
Career Record.. Same Same
Overall......................................................... Fresno State leads, 18-6
First Meeting................ Nov. 28, 1990 at Fresno (Fresno State, 55-40)
Last Meeting................. Dec. 30, 2017 at Fresno (Fresno State, 71-59)
Streaks.................................................................... Fresno State W2
Air Force and Fresno State are meeting for the 25th time. The Bulldogs lead the series 18-6. Air Force is 4-6 at home, 2-11 at Fresno and 0-1 in neutral site games. Fresno State defeated Air Force, 71-59, earlier this season in Fresno.
The teams split last season with each winning at home. Air Force snapped a seven-game Fresno State winning streak with an 81-72 victory in Clune Arena. Fresno State beat Air Force, 73-64, in Fresno. The teams first played Nov. 28, 1980 in Fresno, Calif. The Bulldogs won, 55-40.
EARLIER THIS SEASON VS. FRESNO STATE
(Dec. 30 at Fresno State)
Deshon Taylor scored 18 points and Ray Bowles added 16 to lead Fresno State past Air Force, 71-59, Dec. 30 in the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.
Taylor scored six of Fresno State’s final eight points over the final 2:46, hitting four of six free throws, to help the Bulldogs put the game away. Air Force had cut the lead to seven points, 63-56, on a layup by Trevor Lyons, but the Falcons managed just three free throws the rest of the way as Fresno State out-scored them 8-3 from that point.
Jahmel Taylor added 10 points for Fresno State, which shot 53.2 percent from the field, including a 63.6 clip in the second half. The Bulldogs out-rebounded Air Force, 34-22 and had 16 assists on 25 field goals. Air Force hit just 37.8 percent from the field, including a 35.3 mark from three. The Falcons hit 86.4 percent from the free throw line, hitting 19 of 22, and had 12 turnovers.
Ryan Swan led the Falcons with 13 points. Lavelle Scottie added nine points and team bests of five rebounds and four assists. Freshman Keaton Van Soelen, who started for the first time of his career, added eight points and four rebounds.
Air Force scored six straight points to take a 15-11 lead with 11:27 to play in the first half. Fresno State responded with a 14-0 run over the next 6:51 to take a 25-15 lead with 5:43 left. Trevor Lyons finally broke the run with a field goal with 4:38 left to make it 25-17. Following a pair of Fresno State hoops, the Falcons closed the half with a 7-2 run over the last 3:13 while holding the Bulldogs without a field goal to close the gap to 31-24 at the half.
THE LAST TIME AT AIR FORCE
(Jan. 11, 2017 at USAFA) Hayden Graham scored a 21 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had a season-high six assists to lead Air Force past Fresno State, 81-72, at the Academy.
The Falcon surrendered the game’s first three points, but a three by Trevor Lyons tied it and a layup by Jacob Van gave the Falcons the lead for good. Air Force led for 37:32 of the game and held off every Fresno State rally in the second half.
Air Force led 37-33 at the half and used a 9-0 run early in the second half to take a 13 point lead, 54-41, with 12:02 remaining. Fresno State was never able to get closer than four points, 59-55, with 8:12 remaining. The Falcons hit 17 of 20 free throws from that point, including eight straight at one point. Air Force led by as many as 14 points in the second half.
Graham returned to the lineup after missing the Colorado State game due to illness. He added two blocks and hit eight of 13 field goals in 35 minutes. Lyons added a season-high 18 points, had four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Van added 14 points and hit four straight free throws in the final minutes. Zach Kocur chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds while Ryan Manning added 10 points off the bench.
Air Force hit 51.9 percent from the field, including a 55.6 clip in the first half. The team has hit 50 percent or better five times this season, winning each game. The Falcons finished the game hitting 22 of 29 free throws (75.9 percent), had 16 assists and out-rebounded Fresno State, 39-23.
Fresno State hit 46.3 percent from the field, including just 34.6 percent from 3-point range. Paul Watson scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs. Cullen Russo added 13 points and eight rebounds while Jahmel Taylor contributed 11 points.
AN AIR FORCE WIN WOULD.....
....snap a two-game losing streak to Fresno State and be the first win against the Bulldogs since an 81-71 win at Air Force Jan. 11, 2017.
....would be Air Force’s second straight win at home vs. Fresno State.
....would improve the Falcons to 9-6 at home this season and would be the team’s fourth win in the last five home games.
....would improve Air Force to 7-18 all-time vs. Fresno State, including marks of 5-6 at home, 2-11 at Fresno and 0-1 in neutral site games.
....would mark the second straight year Air Force and Fresno State split the season series with each team winning at home.
AIR FORCE’S LAST GAME
Lavelle Scottie scored 18 points to lead four Falcons in double figures as Air Force defeated Utah State, 75-65, Saturday afternoon in a Mountain West game in Clune Arena at the Academy.
The Falcons overcame a 15-point first-half deficit (45-30), it’s largest in conference play this season, to win its third in the last four home games. Senior Trevor Lyons and sophomore Sid Tomes each added 14 points while sophomore Caleb Morris chipped in with 13 points for the Falcons. Air Force shot 49 percent from the field, including 42 percent from three, and forced 17 turnovers.
Air Force, who trailed 45-32 at the half, opened the second half with a 14-2 run to cut the lead to one point, 49-48, with 13:47 remaining. The Falcons held Utah State to just 1-14 shooting from the field while forcing five turnovers during the run. Air Force took the lead for good, 55-53, with a 3-pointer by Morris with 9:25 to play. The Falcons closed the game with a 15-6 spurt over the final 5:45 to secure the win.
Utah State shot just 38.6 percent from the field, after a 59.3 mark in the first half. The Aggies shot just 20 percent and scored just 20 points in the second half. Koby McEwen scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Utah State. Dwayne Brown, Jr. added 12 points and eight rebounds, but managed just two points after halftime. Sam Merrill added nine points, but was held scoreless in the second half.