Toohey, Lyons take home top honors at Air Force men’s basketball banquet
April 14, 2018

Air Force seniors Frank Toohey and Trevor Lyons took home top honors at the Air Force Men’s Basketball Banquet Saturday night at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

Toohey earned the Bob Spear Award for athletics, academics and military performance which is the highest honor a player can earn. He averaged 4.9 points per game and was Air Force’s nominee for the NCAA Senior Class Award. Toohey has a 3.3 grade point average and is majoring in Aeronautical Engineering. He has been on the dean’s list every semester and is a three-time Mountain West all-academic team member. He has completed flight training hours in the T-53 and TG-16A aircraft in addition to being a small arms instructor during Basic Cadet Training. Toohey also took home the Rob Marr Sportsmanship Award.

Lyons earned the team’s most valuable player award after leading the team in rebounding (4.7), assists (102), steals (43) and minutes (32.6) and finishing second in scoring (9.4). Lyons led the team in scoring five times, rebounds nine times and assists a team-best 16 times. He finished his career ranked 21st in Air Force history in scoring with 1,060 points. He also ranks ninth in Air Force history in games played with 117, third in steals with 162 and seventh in assists with 309.

Sophomores Ryan Swan and Lavelle Scottie shared the Jack Braley Hardest Worker Award for being the hardest workers in the weight room and in the off-season program. Senior CJ Siples earned the Cliff Parson Memorial Falcon Award, presented to the Falcon that demonstrated the most leadership and hustle during the season.


 

 

Swan and sophomore Caleb Morris were each awarded the Tim Harris Most Improved Award, as the two players that improved the most from last season. Swan played in just nine games as a freshman and improved to 31 this season, starting 18. He finished third on the team in scoring with a 9.2 norm and was second in rebounding at 4.5 per game. Morris played in 23 games this season after seeing action in 13 as a rookie. He averaged 12.0 points, five rebounds and 2.5 threes per game over the last five games while shooting 55 percent from the field, 45.8 from three and 87.5 from the line.

Statistical award winners were also recognized. Scottie took home the Ray Dudley Leading Scorer Award after leading the team in scoring with a 12.2 average. Lyons won the Reggie Jones Leading Rebounder Award with a 4.7 per-game average and the Jeff Bowling Assists Leader Award with 102 assists.

Air Force ended the season 12-19 overall and finished ninth in the Mountain West with a 6-12 mark. The Falcons went 4-5 in conference play over the second half of the season with victories over third-place New Mexico and tournament semifinalist Utah State.

The New Mexico win was record-setting, as the Falcons out-lasted the Lobos, 100-90. Air Force set a record for most points in a conference game, breaking the record of 93 set vs. BYU (91) Jan. 30, 1987. Air Force and New Mexico’s 192 points combined points is a new school record for most combined points in a conference game. The 192 points broke the record of 184 set vs. BYU Jan. 30, 1987 in a 93-91 Air Force win. Air Force’s 36 made fi eld goals vs. the Lobos tied the school record for most made in a conference game.

The Falcons turned around several trends this season, including snapping several long streaks. Air Force defeated Denver, 61-59, Dec. 2 in Denver to snap a 22-game road losing streak dating back to a 67-60 win at UC Davis Dec. 19, 2015. The Falcons defeated San Jose State, 78-71, Jan. 10 to snap 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 defeated Colorado State, 76-71, Jan. 17 to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Rams, winning for the fi rst time since Feb. 26, 2011 at the Academy, 75-47. The

Falcons snapped a nine-game losing streak in Fort Collins, winning for the first time since a 61-59 victory, Feb. 23, 2008.  

 

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