March 1, 2011
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Air Force Falcons (14-13, 5-9 MWC) vs. TCU Horned Frogs (10-20, 1-14 MWC)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
6 p.m. at Clune Arena (The Mtn.)
Location USAFA, Colo.
Arena Clune Arena
Network Air Force Basketball Network
Station AM 1300 KCSF, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Network The Mtn.
Play-by-Play Dan Gutowsky
Analyst Bob Donewald
Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
Air Force 50-69, Fourth Season
Overall 131-103, Eighth Season
Jim Christian (Rhode Island, 1988)
TCU 37-56, Third Season
Overall 175-114, ninth Season
Overall Air Force leads 7-6
At USAFA Air Force leads 4-2
First Game Jan. 21, 1999
Result TCU won 114-87
Last Game Jan. 29, 2011
Result Air Force won 66-65(ot)
Current Streak Air Force - 1
Falcons Host TCU on Senior Night
The Air Force Falcons (14-13, 5-9 MWC) play their final home game of the season on Wednesday, March 2 against the TCU Horned Frogs (10-20, 1-14 MWC) at Clune Arena beginning at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on AM 1300 KCSF and televised nationally on The Mtn. The Falcons are coming off a 74-57 victory over Colorado State, while the Horned Frogs fell to New Mexico, 80-70, in Fort Worth, Texas, both on Wednesday. The Falcons defeated TCU, 66-65 in overtime, on Jan. 29 in Fort Worth. Air Force will honor its three seniors, Evan Washington, Tom Fow and Derek Brooks, in a post-game ceremony.
Air Force Snaps Four-Game Skid With Win Over CSU
Michael Lyons scored 21 points, leading four players in double figures, as the Air Force Falcons surprised the Colorado State Rams, 74-57, in Mountain West Conference action at Clune Arena.
Tom Fow and Todd Fletcher both scored 13 points for the Falcons (14-13, 5-9 MWC), the former adding a team-best eight rebounds along the way. Derek Brooks contributed 11 points and seven rebounds as the team snapped a four-game slide.
The Rams (18-10, 8-6) were paced by Andy Ogide who registered game highs with 27 points and 10 rebounds as the team lost its third in a row.
Washington Sets School Record for Career Starts
Evan Washington set a new school record by starting the 107th game of his career on Saturday against Colorado State. The record of 106 was previously held by Otis Jones (1991-95).
The Falcons play their final regular-season game on Saturday, March 6 against the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque, N.M. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on The Mtn.
Most Wins Since 2007-08
With 14 overall and five 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.
Every Loss But One to Winning Teams
The 10 teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 192-94 (.671 winning percentage) this season, nine of the 10 currently have a winning record and four of the teams have at least 20 wins this season.
Falcons Top 50 in Country in Four Stats
The Falcons are ranked No. 37 in the country in field-goal percentage and 45th in assist-turnover ratio. In addition, Air Force is in the top 50 in the country in two other categories (Feb. 28).
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 9-0 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 5-13 when scoring less than 70. The five wins were against UCCS (66-53), Evansville (57-56), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (63-52), at TCU (66-65 in ot) and at Utah (54-49).
Defensively speaking, the Falcons are 13-6 when allowing less than 70 points and 1-7 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.
Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge
The 2010-11 edition of the MWC/MVC Challenge is the second in a four-year agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences. Nine Challenge games will be played each year, and each conference will host a total of 18 games in the four-year period. Missouri State will be the Valley team that does not participate in the 2010 Challenge Series. The Mountain West won eight of the nine games this season:
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 defeated TCU, 66-65 in overtime, on Jan. 29.
Washington First Since ‘95 to Score 200 all 4 Yrs.
With six points against Colorado State on Saturday, senior Evan Washington has scored 200 points this season, becoming the first Falcon since Otis Jones (1991-95) to score at least 200 points in all four seasons at Air Force.
Sophs Still Solid
Sophomores Michael Lyons, Taylor Broekhuis and Todd Fletcher have produced some impressive numbers this season. Lyons continues to lead the team in scoring (13.1 ppg) and scored a career-high 26 points on Jan. 5 vs. Utah. He has scored in double figures 18 times this season and reached the 20-point mark four 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 50.3 percent from the field and is fourth on the team in scoring at 7.8 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 2.5 assists per game and sporting a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. He scored a career-high 15 points against CSU Northridge, is second on the team with 68 assists and has committed just 19 turnovers in his last 20 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 13 of his last 22 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 46.3 percent. He is also shooting a league-leading 48.6 percent (35-for-72) 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 15 of his last 18 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 310 after dishing out eight vs. CSU on Saturday. 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. His 110 assists this year places him seventh on Air Force’s single-season list.
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 10-5 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 93 of its 123 home games, good for a .756 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 39 of their 63 Mountain West Conference games at Clune during that same stretch (.619 pct).
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 935 career points and is currently 30th on the school’s career scoring list.
Falcons Near Top of League in Shooting Pcts.
Air Force is second in the Mountain West Conference in field-goal percentage (46.8%) and three-point percentage (37.2%) for all games played. In MWC games only, the Falcons lead the league in field-goal percentage (45.7%) and is second in three-point shooting at 38.9 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. The Falcons defeated Sam Houston State, 76-65, and fell to UTEP, 71-54, at the tournament.
Air Force Almost 60 Percent Last 7
Air Force is currently ranked sixth among Mountain West Conference teams for the best overall winning percentage since the beginning of the 2003-04 season. AFA’s winning percentage is 57.1 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)).
Falcons Still Looking For Win Against Top Ten
With their loss to #6 San Diego State on Jan. 19, the Falcons fell to 0-30 all-time against teams ranked in the top 10. Air Force also fell to 1-71 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 was the 11th Top 10 team to play at the Academy in program history.
Seniors Find Out First Air Force Assignments
Air Force’s three seniors, Evan Washington, Tom Fow and Derek Brooks, found out their first Air Force assignments on Wednesday, Feb. 16 during the “100s Night” ceremony. Here is where each of them will be stationed next year as 2nd Lieutenants:
Evan Washington - Assistant Basketball Coach, USAFA Prep School, USAFA, Colo.
Tom Fow - Space Officer, Schriever AFB, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Derek Brooks - Finance Officer, Hanscom AFB, Boston, Mass.