Nov. 17, 2007
Air Force Falcons (3-0) vs. Radford Highlanders (1-2)
Monday, Nov. 19, 2007
7 p.m. - Clune Arena
Location - USAFA, Colo.
Arena - Clune Arena
Capacity - 5,858
Network - Air Force Basketball Network
Flagship - KVOR AM 740, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-play - Jim Arthur
Network - The Mtn.
Play-by-play - Tim Neverett
Analyst - Marty Fletcher
Gametracker - GoAirForceFalcons.com
Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
Air Force - 3-0, First Season
Overall - 85-34, Fifth Season
Brad Greenberg (American, 1977)
Radford - 1-2, First Season
Overall - Same
Overall - Air Force leads 1-0
at USAFA - Air Force leads 1-0
First Game - Nov. 22, 2006
Result - Air Force won 83-59
Current Streak - Air Force - 1
2007 Air Force Classic Champions
Air Force captured the championship of the 2007 Air Force Classic last Saturday night with a 71-62 victory over Northern Colorado in the first-ever regular-season men's tournament at Clune Arena.
Air Force is now 22-30 all-time in season openers after defeating Dartmouth, 67-38, on Friday. The Falcons are 16-8 at home and 6-22 on the road (including neutral games). Last season, the Falcons opened the campaign with an 81-45 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Clune Arena. Air Force has won its last seven home openers.
Reynolds First to Win Initial Three
Air Force head coach Jeff Reynolds became the first head coach in program history to win his first three games with the Falcons. Reynolds became the seventh head coach in Air Force history on April 17, 2007.
Air Force has made a three-point shot in 453 consecutive games. The last time the Falcons failed to make a three-pointer was Dec. 4, 1991 in a 57-51 victory over Adams State College.
Last Time Out
Andrew Henke scored 15 points and Keith Maren added a career-high 14 Wednesday to lead the Air Force men's basketball team to a 73-49 victory over Western State College at Clune Arena. The Falcons improved to 3-0 for the second consecutive season and won its 37th consecutive home game against non-conference opponents. Due to Division II rules, the game was considered an exhibition for Western State.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 25-9 lead, sparked by a pair of three-pointers by Henke, who was 6-for-8 from the field in tying his season-high for points. Western State, behind two 3-pointers by Steve Pennetti and one by Carleton Goggins, cut the lead to 25-18, but Air Force went on a 16-8 run, including five points by Maren, to end the half and take a 41-26 advantage at halftime. Maren scored nine of his 14 points in the first half.
Pennetti led the Mountaineers with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. His eight three-pointers was one shy of the Clune Arena record of nine. Pennetti also added five rebounds. Steven Hudson had nine points, five assists and four steals for Western State.
The Falcons pulled away in the second half and never trailed by less than 16 points. Freshman Evan Washington scored a career-high nine points and Anwar Johnson tallied eight points and five rebounds. Tim Anderson, who averaged 19.5 points per game in his first two games, had only four points, but chipped in with five assists and four steals.
Notes from the Western St. Game
-- Air Force is 3-0 for the second consecutive season
-- Air Force shot a season-high 40 percent from three-point range
-- Air Force also had season-highs for points (73), rebounds (35) and assists (16)
-- Keith Maren scored a career-high 14 points and tied his career-best with four rebounds
-- Freshmen Derek Brooks (5), Mark Summerfield (3) and Tom Fow (1) each scored the first points of his career
-- Eric Kenzik and Anwar Johnson each pulled down a career-high five rebounds; Kenzik scored a season-high six points
-- Evan Washington had career-highs of nine points, four rebounds and 29 minutes
Non-Conference Home Streak at 37
Air Force now has a 37-game winning streak at home against non-conference opponents. That is tied with Sam Houston State for the second-longest streak in the country behind Duke, which has won 54 in a row. The last loss at home to a non-Mountain West team at Clune Arena was against Tennessee Tech on Dec. 29, 2001 (64-44).
The Falcons travel to Spokane, Wash., over Thanksgiving Weekend for the 2007 Cougar Hispanic College Fund Challenge hosted by Washington State. The Falcons will play Mississippi Valley State (Friday, Nov. 23), Montana (Saturday, Nov. 24) and Washington State (Sunday, Nov. 25).
Ties to Radford
Air Force assistant coach Steve Snell is a 1988 graduate of Radford University. He also spent the 1989-90 season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Highlanders.
Nearly Unbeatable at Clune
The Falcons have been close to unbeatable at Clune Arena the last four seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 59 of its 61 home games for 96.7 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 30 of their 32 MWC games at Clune Arena during that stretch.
Anderson Named Co-Player of Week
Air Force senior Tim Anderson and San Diego State junior Kyle Spain have been named the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week. This is the second weekly honor of Spain's career and the first for Anderson.
A 6-3 guard from El Paso, Texas, Anderson was named Most Valuable Player after leading the Falcons to a 2-0 record and the tournament title at the 2007 Air Force Classic last week. In the opening game vs. Dartmouth, he scored 13 points while adding three steals, two assists and two rebounds in Air Force's 67-38 win. Anderson followed with a career-high 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including a 6-for-12 effort from three-point land, in a 71-62 win over Northern Colorado. For the week, Anderson averaged 19.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while shooting 57.9 percent from the field (11-for-19), 46.2 percent from three-point range (6-for-13) and 78.6 percent from the charity stripe (11-for-14).
Spain, a Newark, Calif., native, received Tournament MVP honors while helping the Aztecs to a 3-0 record and the tournament crown at the World Vision Classic in Fresno, Calif. Against Liberty he scored a team-high 14 points while pulling down four rebounds in SDSU's 62-50 win. The next night he tied his career-high with 22 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds in a 78-64 victory over Portland. Spain also had a career-best 10 made free throws vs. the Pilots in 27 minutes of action. He concluded the tournament with 12 points and six rebounds in the Aztecs' 89-72 win over tourney host Fresno State. On the week, Spain averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest on 48 percent shooting from the floor (12-for-25) and 82.6 percent free throw shooting (19-for-23).