Falcons Host Colorado on Thanksgiving Eve
Nov. 22, 2011
GAME #4Air Force Falcons vs. Colorado BuffaloesWednesday, Nov. 23, 20117 p.m. at Clune Arena SITELocation USAFA, Colo.Arena Clune ArenaCapacity 5,858 RADIONetwork Air Force / IMG Sports NetworkFlagship AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.Play-by-Play Jim ArthurAnalyst Matt Pauley TELEVISIONNetwork The Mtn.Play-by-Play Bill DolemanAnalyst Marty Fletcher INTERNETGametracker goairforcefalcons.com COACHESJeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)Air Force 55-72, Fifth SeasonOverall 137-106, Ninth SeasonTad Boyle (Kansas, 1985)Colorado 26-16, Second SeasonOverall 82-82, Sixth Season ALL-TIME SERIESOverall Colorado leads 17-3at USAFA Colorado leads 6-2First Game Feb. 22, 1958Result Colorado won 54-50Last Game Nov. 29, 2007Result Colorado won 60-50Current Streak Colorado - 1 Falcons Host Colorado on Thanksgiving EveThe Air Force Falcons wrap up their four-game season-opening homestand against the Colorado Buffaloes on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Clune Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Falcons are 3-0 after a 65-37 victory over Western State last Friday, while the Buffs are 2-2 after winning one of three games at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament. Air Force Moves to 3-0 With Win Over Western StateAir Force improved to 3-0 this season with a 65-37 victory over Western State College Friday night at Clune Arena. Freshman Kamryn Williams led the Falcons with 10 points on a perfect 4-of-4 performance from the field. He was also 2-for-2 from three-point range and is 4-for-4 this season, currently ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West for three-point percentage. Up NextThe Falcons play their first road game of the season on Saturday, Dec. 3 against Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa as part of the Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. (CT). Mountain West / Missouri Valley ChallengeThe 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 -- GameNov. 30 -- Creighton at San Diego StateDec. 3 -- Air Force at DrakeDec. 3 -- Indiana State at Boise StateDec. 3 -- Colorado State at Northern IowaDec. 3 -- Missouri State at New MexicoDec. 3 -- TCU at EvansvilleDec. 3 -- Bradley at WyomingDec. 4 -- UNLV at Wichita State Falcons Win All-Military ClassicAir Force opened its 2011-12 season Nov. 11-12 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. Falcons Picked 5th in MWCAir 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) -- 2032. UNLV (4) -- 1833. San Diego State -- 1584. Colorado State -- 1195. Air Force -- 786. Wyoming -- 687. TCU -- 648. Boise State -- 63 Still a Great Record at CluneIncluding the three wins so far this season, 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 98 of its 128 home games, good for a .766 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 64 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.625 pct). Falcons Win Ninth Straight Season OpenerWith its 87-71 victory over Army at Clune Arena on Nov. 11, Air Force is now 26-30 all-timein 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-DoubleJunior Taylor Broekhuis played arguably the best game of his career in the championship game of the All-Military Classic on Nov. 12 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 ‘97Michael 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. For his efforts, Lyons was named the Mountain West’s Co-Player of the Week. Most Assists in Over a DecadeAir Force recorded 25 assists 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 63 of their 81 field-goals this season.Individually, junior Todd Fletcher had a career-high seven assists in each game and is ranked No. 5 in the Mountain West averaging five per game, while senior Taylor Stewart is seventh in the conference at 4.33 assists per game. Not a Bad Start For CarterFive freshmen saw action for Air Force during the opening 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. Another Frosh Tops the LeagueFreshman Kamryn Williams, a 6-4 forward from Colorado Springs, currently leads the Mountain West in field-goal percentage (75 percent) and three-point percentage (100 percent). Williams, who led the Falcons with 10 points last Friday against Western State, is shooting 9-for-12 from the field and 4-for-4 from long range. He was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field against the Mountaineers.