Falcons Host Western State on Friday

    Taylor Broekhuis had a career-high 12 rebounds vs. VMI
    Taylor Broekhuis had a career-high 12 rebounds vs. VMI

    Nov. 16, 2011

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    GAME #3
    Air Force Falcons
    Western State Mountaineers
    Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
    7 p.m. at Clune Arena
    Location USAFA, Colo.
    Arena Clune Arena
    Capacity 5,858
    Network Air Force / IMG Radio Network
    Flagship AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
    Play-by-Play Jim Arthur
    Analyst Matt Pauley
    Gametracker goairforcefalcons.com
    Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
    Air Force 54-72, Fifth Season
    Overall 136-106, Ninth Season
    Mike Moscowitz (Adams State, 2003)
    Western State 30-73, Fifth Season
    Overall 37-95, Sixth Season
    Overall Air Force leads 16-1
    at USAFA Air Force leads 13-1
    First Game Jan. 5, 1957
    Result Western State won 57-41
    Last Game Nov. 13, 2009
    Result Air Force won, 65-54
    Current Streak Air Force - 16
    Falcons Host Western State on Friday
    The Air Force Falcons continue their four-game season-opening homestand against the Western State College Mountaineers on Friday, Nov. 18 at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Falcons are 2-0 after winning the inaugural All-Military Classic last weekend, while the Mountaineers are 1-1.
    Falcons Win All-Military Classic
    Air Force opened its 2011-12 season last weekend with a pair of victories at the First Annual All-Military Classic. The Falcons used a second-half rally to defeat service-academy rival Army, 87-71, in the first round, then downed VMI, 75-65, in the championship game.
    Junior guard Michael Lyons was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 22 points and eight rebounds, while fellow junior Todd Fletcher was named to the all-tournament team after dishing out a career-high seven assists in each game.
    This was the first of a four-year contract for the All-Military Classic, with each school hosting once. Citadel will host in 2012, VMI in ‘13 and Army in ‘14. The tournament will be played each year during Veteran’s Day weekend.
    All-Military Classic Results
    Friday, Nov. 11
    Air Force 87, Army 71
    VMI 103, Citadel 100
    Saturday, Nov. 12
    Citadel 83, Army 72 (Third Place)
    Air Force 75, VMI 65 (Championship)
    Most Valuable Player
    Michael Lyons, Air Force
    All-Tournament Team
    Rodney Glasgow, VMI
    Ella Ellis, Army
    Todd Fletcher, Air Force
    Mike Grosselle, Citadel
    Keith Gabriel, VMI
    Up Next
    The Falcons conclude their homestand against the University of Colorado on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on The Mtn.
    Falcons Picked 5th in MWC
    Air Force was picked fifth in the 2011-12 preseason media poll released at the Mountain West media day in Denver, Colo.
    School (First Place Votes) - Pts.
    1. New Mexico (22) - 203
    2. UNLV (4) - 183
    3. San Diego State - 158
    4. Colorado State - 119
    5. Air Force - 78
    6. Wyoming - 68
    7. TCU - 64
    8. Boise State - 63
    Still a Great Record at Clune
    Including the two wins in the All-Military Classic last weekend, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last eight seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 97 of its 127 home games, good for a .764 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 64 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.625 pct).
    Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge
    The 2011-12 edition of the MWC/MVC Challenge is the third in a four-year agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences. Eight Challenge games will be played this year, and each conference will host a total of 18 games in the four-year period. Illinois State and Southern Illinois will be the Valley teams that do not participate in the 2011 Challenge Series. Below is a listing of the 2011-12 MW/MVC Challenge contests:
    Date - Game
    Nov. 30 - Creighton at San Diego State
    Dec. 3 - Air Force at Drake
    Dec. 3 - Indiana State at Boise State
    Dec. 3 - Colorado State at Northern Iowa
    Dec. 3 - Missouri State at New Mexico
    Dec. 3 - TCU at Evansville
    Dec. 3 - Bradley at Wyoming
    Dec. 4 - UNLV at Wichita State
    Falcons Win Ninth Straight Season Opener
    With its 87-71 victory over Army at Clune Arena last Friday, Air Force is now 26-30 all-time
    in season openers. The Falcons are 20-8 at home and 6-22 on the road (including neutral games).
    Air Force has won its last nine season openers and 11 home openers.
    Broekhuis Picks Up First Career Double-Double
    Junior Taylor Broekhuis played arguably the best game of his career in the championship game of the All-Military Classic last Saturday night against VMI. The 6-10 center from Colorado Springs scored 18 points, one shy of his career high, and pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds to post the first double-double of his career. His 12 rebounds were the most by a Falcon in one game since Jacob Burtschi hauled down 12 at Stanford on Nov. 15, 2006.
    Lyons First to Score 20 in First Two Since ‘97
    Michael Lyons scored 24 and 20 points in his first two games last weekend, becoming the first Falcon to score at least 20 points in each of the first two games of one season since Jarmica Reese in 1997. The last Air Force player to score at least 20 points in the first three games of a season was Otis Jones during the 1994-95 campaign.
    Most Assists in Over a Decade
    Air Force recorded 25 assists last Friday in the season-opener against Army, the most in one game by an AFA team since dishing out 25 against Long Beach State on Nov. 21, 2000. The Falcons added 20 assists on Saturday against VMI and have an assist on 45 of their 57 field-goals this season.
      Individually, junior Todd Fletcher had a career-high seven assists in each game and is ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West with 14 assists, while senior Taylor Stewart had 12, placing him fourth in the conference.
    Not a Bad Start For a Freshman
    Five freshmen saw action for Air Force last weekend, but none had a better start than Chris Carter. The 6-3 guard from Port St. Lucie, Fla., had nine points, seven rebounds and seven steals in his first career game against Army. His seven steals were the most by a Falcon in one game since Tim Anderson, the 2007-08 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, had seven against San Diego State at the Mountain West Tournament on March 13, 2008.



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