Air Force closes the regular season by hosting San Jose State Saturday, March 3, at 2 p.m. in Clune Arena (5,843). The Falcons defeated San Jose State, 78-71, earlier this season in San Jose, Calif. Air Force is completing a stretch of playing five games in 11 days. Saturday is Senior Day for the team.
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Quick Facts Air Force San Jose State
Record:............ 11-18 4-24
Conf. Record:... 5-12 1-16
Streak:............. L 2 W 1
Last Game:....... at Wyoming (2/28) vs. Utah State (2/28)
Result:............. L 54-66 W 64-62
Next Game:..... MW Tournament MW Tournament
Conference:..... Mountain West Mountain West
Nickname:....... Falcons Spartans
Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO San Jose, CA
Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com SJSUSpartans.com
Category Air Force San Jose State
Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich Jean Prioleau
Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986 Fordham, 1992
School Record.. 83-112 (6th season) 4-24 (1st season)
Career Record.. Same Same
Overall Tied, 6-6
First Meeting Dec. 6, 1971 at USAFA (San Jose State, 74-67)
Last Meeting Jan. 13, 2018 at SJSU (Air Force, 78-71)
Streaks Air Force W 1
Air Force and San Jose State are meeting for the 13th time overall and 12th time as conference foes. The overall series is tied, 6-6, while Air Force leads the conference series, 6-5.
Air Force is 3-3 at home and 3-3 on the road. The Falcons defeated San Jose State, 78-71, earlier this season in San Jose. The Spartans swept the season series last year, beating Air Force, 89-85, at the Academy and 83-78 in overtime in San Jose. The teams first played Dec. 6, 1971 at the Academy. San Jose State won the game, 74-67.
EARLIER THIS SEASON
Sophomore Ryan Swan recorded a career-high 19 points and had nine rebounds to lead Air Force past San Jose State, 78-71, in San Jose, Calif. The win snapped a 24-game conference road losing streak for the Falcons and is their first MW road win since beating San Jose State, 66-52, Jan. 28, 2015.
Air Force came out of the gates fast and opened an 11-2 lead in the first four minutes. The Falcons hit 63 percent from the field and made seven of their first 11 threes to build a 28-12 lead with 11:08 left in the first half. Air Force went on to lead by as many as 18 points, 33-15, with 7:27 left. San Jose State closed the first half on 19-7 run to cut the lead to 40-34 at the half.
San Jose State opened the second half with an 11-2 run to take its first lead of the game, 45-42, with 16:13 left. The Falcons opened the half 0-7 from the field, including a 0-5 mark from three during the run. The teams exchanged leads until senior Trevor Lyons hit a jumper to give the Falcons the lead for good, 52-51, with 9:04 left. The Falcons build the lead to as many as 10 points, 69-59, with 1:04 left. Air Force hit 9-14 free throws from that point, including five of its last six in the final 17 seconds, to secure the win.
Air Force shot 41.1 percent from the field, including a 39.4 clip from three on 13 of 33 shooting. The Falcons hit 67.9 percent from the free throw line and out-rebounded San Jose State, 37-33. The team had 16 assists on 23 made field goals and recorded just eight turnovers.
Jacob Van came off the bench to score a season-high 14 points while recording a season-best four rebounds and match his career high with three 3-pointers. Pervis Louder added 12 points off the bench, while Lavelle Scottie chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds. The Falcons had a 12-7 edge in second chance points and out-scored the Spartans, 39-13, in bench scoring.
San Jose State was led by Ryan Welage, who had 17 points and eight rebounds. Jalen James added 13 points, Noah Baumann 11 and Keith Fisher 10. The Spartans hit 47.1 percent from the field, but were held to just 37.0 percent in the second half.
- Air Force starters for the San Jose State game: Trevor Lyons (G), CJ Siples (G), Keaton Van Soelen (F), Lavelle Scottie (F) and Ryan Swan (C). The lineup started for the first time together this season and is seventh different lineup used in 17 games.
- Air Force snapped a 24-game Mountain West road losing streak. The Falcons won their first conference road game since beating San Jose State, 66-52, Jan. 28, 2015.
- Air Force improved to 6-6 all-time vs. San Jose State, including a 3-3 mark in San Jose. The Falcons snapped a three-losing streak to the Spartans, winning for the first time since a 64-57 win Jan. 2, 2016 at the Academy.
- Air Force led, 40-34, at the half. The halftime lead is the first for Air Force in conference play this season.
- Senior CJ Siples started for the first time this season and 22nd time in his career.
- Sophomore Ryan Swan recorded a career-high 19 points and had nine rebounds. His previous high was 16 points vs. UNLV in Air Force’s last game.
- Senior Jacob Van matched his season high with 14 points and tied a career high with three threes. Van also hit three 3-pointers vs. UC Davis Nov. 22, 2016. Van also grabbed a season-high four rebounds. His previous rebounding high was three vs. Army Dec. 17.
- Junior Pervis Louder scored 12 points to record his fifth double-figure scoring game this season and first in conference play.
LAST YEAR AT AIR FORCE
(Jan. 14, 2017 at USAFA) Brandon Clarke scored 36 points to lead San Jose State past Air Force, 89-85, Jan. 14 at the Academy.
Jalen James hit two free throws with 19 seconds left to give San Jose State an 87-83 lead. Following a pair of free throws by Trevor Lyons with 12 seconds left to make it a two-point game, the Falcons forced a turnover with 11 seconds left. On the next possession, Lyons drove the lane and dished off to Lavelle Scottie, but his short jumper was blocked by Clarke. Brandon Mitchell then made a steal on the rebound and passed it ahead to Clarke, who ended the game with a dunk to make up the final margin.
Clarke added five rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots to his scoring effort. Cody Schwartz and E.J. Boyce each added 14 points while Ryan Welage chipped in with 10 points for the Spartans. San Jose State finished the game shooting 60.7 percent from the field, including 47.6 from three. The Spartans also hit 11 of 13 free throws, including four straight with under a minute to play.
Air Force shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the field, but just 35.3 three 3-point territory. The Falcons out-rebounded San Jose State, 26-22, and had 18 assists on 28 field goals. Lyons scored a career-high 24 points and had four assists to lead the Falcons. His 24 points are the most by a Falcon this season. Hayden Graham added 19 points and a team-high six rebounds. Frank Toohey had 17 points while Jacob Van chipped in with 12 points and four assists.
The game was back and forth throughout and featured 15 lead changes and eight ties. The last lead change came on a hoop by Clarke with 5:15 remaining to give San Jose State a 72-71 lead.
AN AIR FORCE WIN WOULD.....
....give Air Force the season series sweep over San Jose State for the first time since 2014-15.
....give Air Force two season series sweeps this season (Colorado State) which is the most since 2010-11 when the Falcons swept TCU and Utah.
....would give Air Force six conference wins which is the most since 2013-14. The six conference wins would ties as the seventh most in school history.
....would improve Air Force to 7-6 all-time vs. San Jose State, including a 7-5 mark in conference play. The Falcons would improve to 4-3 at home vs. the Spartans.
AIR FORCE’S LAST GAME
Justin James scored 18 points the lead three players in double figures as Wyoming defeated Air Force, 66-54, Wednesday night in the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyo., on senior night.
The Cowboys used an 8-0 run midway through the second half to take 54-45 lead with 8:52 remaining. The Falcons scored six straight points to cut the lead to three, 54-51, with 5:52 left before the Cowboys closed the game with a 12-3 run to win it.
Hayden Dalton and Louis Adams added 12 points and eight rebounds each for the Cowboys. Wyoming shot 43.4 percent from the field, but hit 40 percent from three on 10-of-25 shooting and forced 19 Air Force turnovers.
Ryan Swan led the Falcons with 13 points and seven rebounds, including scoring the team’s first 10 points. Caleb Morris added the first double-double of his career with 11 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. His 11 boards are the most by a Falcon this season. Lavelle Scottie added 11 points and seven rebounds while Trevor Lyons chipped in with 10 points and a team-best four assists.
Air Force shot 39 percent from the field, including just 25 percent from three on five of 20 shooting. The Falcons out-rebounded Wyoming, 39-31, and had six steals and 12 assists. The Falcons were out-scored, 23-13, on points off turnovers.