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Air Force Falcons (15-15) vs. North Dakota Fighting Sioux (19-14)
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
7 p.m. at Clune Arena
1st Round - CollegeInsider.com Tournament
Location USAFA, Colo.
Arena Clune Arena
Network Air Force Basketball Network
Station AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
Analyst Matt Pauley
Live Stats & Video GoAirForceFalcons.com
Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
Air Force 51-71, Fourth Season
Overall 132-105, Eighth Season
Brian Jones (Northern Iowa, 1994)
North Dakota 69-81, Sixth Season
Overall Series tied 1-1
At USAFA Air Force leads 1-0
First Game Jan. 6, 1964
Result Air Force won 77-61
Last Game Jan. 4, 1965
Result North Dakota won 61-54
Current Streak North Dakota - 1
Falcons Host North Dakota on Tuesday in CollegeInsider.com Tourney
The Air Force Falcons (15-15) will host the North Dakota Fighting Sioux (19-14) on Tuesday, March 15 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Clune Arena.
Air Force lost to UNLV, 69-53, in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament last Thursday, while North Dakota won the Great West Conference Tournament Saturday by defeating South Dakota, 77-76, in double overtime. The Great West Tournament champion earns an automatic bid to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
This will be the third meeting between Air Force and North Dakota on the basketball court. Air Force defeated UND, 77-61, at the Academy on Jan. 6, 1964 and the Sioux won the following year, 61-54, on Jan. 4, 1965 in Grand Forks, N.D.
Sixth Postseason Appearance Ever
Air Force will make its sixth postseason appearance and first since advancing to the NIT semifinals in 2007. The Falcons, 3-5 in postseason history, won three straight games in the NIT that year before falling to Clemson, 68-67, in the semis at Madison Square Garden.
AFA, 0-4 in the NCAA Tournament, lost 78-69 to Illinois in the first round of the 2006 tourney and fell to North Carolina in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, 63-52. That was Air Force’s first appearance in the “Big Dance” since 1962, when the Falcons lost in the first round, 68-66, to Texas Tech. Their other appearance in the NCAA tournament was in 1960, losing in the first round to DePaul, 69-63.
Air Force played in the Preseason NIT in 1989-90.
Sixth-Place Finish in the Mountain West
Air Force finished the 2010-11 regular season with a 15-15 overall record and 6-10 mark in the Mountain West Conference, tying for sixth place with Utah. The Falcons were picked ninth in the ‘10-11 preseason media poll and, with its sixth-place finish, had the biggest jump from predicted to actual finish in the conference this season.
2011 Conoco MWC Championship Recap
The 2011 Conoco MWC Championship Tournament results follow:
#9 TCU 70, #8 Wyoming 61
#1 BYU 64, #9 TCU 58
#5 New Mexico 67, #4 Colorado State 61
#2 San Diego State 64, #7 Utah 50
#3 UNLV 69, #6 Air Force 53
#1 BYU 87, #5 New Mexico 76
#2 San Diego State 74, #3 UNLV 72
#2 San Diego State 72, #1 BYU 54
Conference Tournament History
Air Force is now 6-25 overall in conference tournament play. The Falcons are 1-0 at home, 1-5 on the road and 4-20 in neutral site games.
The Falcons have lost 13 consecutive conference tournament quaterfinal games, dating back to a 58-51 victory over #1 seed CSU in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals on March 8, 1990. That is still the biggest upset in WAC tournament history, as AFA entered the tournament as the #9 seed. Air Force is 2-12 overall in the Mountain West Conference Tourney.
Air Force Clinches Winning Regular-Season
With Air Force’s 70-65 victory over TCU at Clune Arena on March 2, the Falcons sealed a winning regular season, its first since going 16-14 in 2007-08, Jeff Reynolds’ first season as head coach.
Most Wins Since 2007-08
With 15 overall and six 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. This is the 10th time Air Force has won at least 15 games in one season in program history.
Every Loss But One to Winning Teams
The 10 teams that have beaten the Falcons this season have a combined record of 213-106 (.668 winning percentage) this season, nine of the 10 have a winning record and eight of the teams have at least 19 wins this season.
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 10-0 this season when it scores 70 points or more and 5-15 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 14-8 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.
Lyons Named Third-Team All-MWC
Sophomore Michael Lyons was named to the all-Mountain West Conference third-team last Monday. The league's nine head coaches, along with selected media, picked the all-conference teams, as well as the coach, player, newcomer, freshman, sixth man and defensive awards.
Lyons, who has appeared in 29 games and started 28 this year, led the team and finished the regular season 8th in scoring in the MWC at 13.1 ppg. He is No. 2 in the conference in field-goal percentage (48.3%) and third in free-throw percentage (79.0%). He is the first Falcon to earn a spot on one of the three all-conference teams since Tim Anderson was a 2nd-team selection in ‘07-08.
In addition, seniors Tom Fow and Evan Washington were each named honorable mention by the conference. Fow leads the league in 3-point percentage for all games and conference game only. Washington, meanwhile, leads the team and is No. 5 in the MWC at 3.9 assists per game and also leads the team in rebounds, steals and blocks.
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 did not participate in the 2010 Challenge Series. The Mountain West won eight of the nine games this season:
First Back-to-Back MWC Wins in Nearly 3 Years
With its 74-57 victory over Colorado State on Jan. 26 and the 70-65 win over TCU on March 2, Air Force won consecutive MWC games for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when the Falcons beat TCU (March 5) and San Diego State (March 8).
Washington First Since ‘95 to Score 200 all 4
With six points against Colorado State on Feb. 26, 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 20 times this season and reached the 20-point mark five 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 7.6 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 to score 15 points against Florida A&M.
Fletcher has been just as solid at point guard, dishing out 2.7 assists per game and sporting a 2.16 assist-to-turnover ratio. He scored a career-high 15 points against CSU Northridge, is second on the team with 80 assists.
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 at Clune Arena, has made 14 of his last 24 three-point attempts.
Fow Leads the MWC in 3-Point Pct.
Senior Tom Fow leads the Mountain West Conference in 3-point field-goal percentage at 46.7 percent. He also shot a league-leading 48.8 percent (42-for-86) from three-point range in conference games only. Fow, who is second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg), has hit double figures in 15 of his last 20 games.
Stucky Finally Gets His Shot
Junior guard Scott Stucky appeared in his first career game 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.
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 317 after dishing out two vs. UNLV last Thursday. 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 117 assists this year places him sixth on Air Force’s single-season list.
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 an 11-5 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 94 of its 124 home games, good for a .758 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 64 Mountain West Conference games at Clune during that same stretch (.625 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 953 career points and is currently 28th on the school’s career scoring list.
Falcons Near Top of League in Shooting Pcts.
Air Force leads the Mountain West Conference in three-point percentage (37.3%) and is third in field-goal percentage (46.4%). In MWC games only, the Falcons led the league in both categories, shooting 46 percent from the field and 39.2% from three-point land.
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.
Washington Sets School Record for Career Starts
Evan Washington set a new school record by starting the 107th game of his career on Jan. 29 against Colorado State. The record of 106 was previously held by Otis Jones (1991-95).
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 56.8 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)).
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.
Falcons Top 50 in Country in Five Stats
The Falcons are ranked No. 44 in the country in field-goal percentage and 47th in three-point percentage. In addition, Air Force is in the top 50 in the country in three other categories (March 14).
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.