Nov. 24, 2009
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Air Force Falcons (2-1) vs. Charleston Southern Buccaneers (3-1)
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009
7 p.m. at Clune Arena
Location: USAFA, Colo.
Arena: Clune Arena
Network: Air Force Basketball Network
Flagship: KVOR AM 740, Colo. Spgs.
Other: AM 990 KRKS, Denver
Play-by-play: Jim Arthur
Live Stats: GoAirForceFalcons.com
Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
Air Force: 28-36, Third Season
Overall: 110-70, Seventh Season
Barclay Radebaugh (E. Tenn. State, 1987)
Charleston Southern: 43-79, Fifth Season
Overall: 64-87, Sixth Season
Overall: Air Force leads 1-0
At USAFA: Air Force leads 1-0
First Game: Dec. 22, 2003
Result: Air Force won 67-46
Reggie Minton Air Force Classic Recap
Air Force hosted a regular-season men's tournament for the third consecutive season last weekend at Clune Arena. Joining the Falcons for the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic were Dickinson State College (N.D.), Texas Southern and Northern Colorado. Minton was Air Force's head basketball coach from 1984-2000 and was the 2000 Mountain West Conference Co-Coach of the Year. He is currently the Associate Executive Director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Northern Colorado captured the 2009 title, defeating Air Force, 70-46, in the final.
Here are the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic results:
Friday, Nov. 20
Northern Colorado 66, Texas Southern 62
Air Force 95, Dickinson State 77
Saturday, Nov. 21
Texas Southern 77, Dickinson St. 65 (Third-Place Game)
Northern Colorado 70, Air Force 46 (Championship Game)
Most Valuable Player
Devon Beitzel, Northern Colorado
Will Figures, Northern Colorado
Evan Washington, Air Force
Sammy Schafer, Air Force
Travele Jones, Texas Southern
Nate Lebsock, Dickinson State
The Falcons conclude their five-game season-opening homestand on Wednesday, Dec. 2 against North Carolina Central at Clune Arena, beginning at 7 p.m.
Air Force now has a 42-74 record in regular-season tournament play in program history. The Falcons are 16-8 in tournament play since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, including a 2-2 record last season.
Falcons Picked 9th in MWC
Air Force was picked ninth in the 2009-10 preseason media poll released at the Mountain West Conference media day in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 6.
School (First Place Votes) -- Pts
1. BYU (23) -- 215
2. San Diego State (1) -- 166
3. UNLV -- 161
4. Utah -- 143
5. New Mexico -- 141
6. Wyoming -- 89
7. TCU -- 82
8. Colorado State -- 58
9. Air Force -- 25
Still an Outstanding Record at Clune
Despite a disappointing 7-10 record at home last season, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last six seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 77 of its 94 home games, good for a .819 winning percentage.
In addition, the Falcons have won 35 of their 48 Mountain West Conference games at Clune Arena during that stretch.
Three-Point Streak Snapped
Air Force did not make a three-pointer against Northern Colorado last Saturday night against Northern Colorado, snapping a streak of 513 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer made. The last time the Falcons had failed to make a three-pointer was Dec. 4, 1991 in a 57-51 victory over Adams State College.
Air Force Top 3 in MWC Last 6 Years
Air Force entered the 2009-10 season ranked third among Mountain West Conference teams for the best overall winning percentage since the beginning of the 2003-04 season. AFA's winning percentage was 62.3 percent, just behind UNLV (66.6%) and BYU (66.4%). Air Force is one of only four teams in the conference to have a winning record in at least five of the last six seasons (UNLV (6); Air Force, BYU, New Mexico (5)).
Washington, Schafer Earn All-Tourney
Junior guard Evan Washington and sophomore center Sammy Schafer earned all-tournament honors last weekend at the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic. Washington led the Falcons in scoring, averaging 16 points per game, and pulled down nine rebounds in AFA's two contests, while Schafer scored 16 points and eight rebounds in the two games. Washington, who was 9-of-11 from the field and 14-of-17 from the line, also dished out a career-high six assists in the team's 95-77 victory over Dickinson State.
Parker Shines in Season Opener
Senior forward Grant Parker scored a career-high 26 points and pulled down seven rebounds as the Falcons defeated Western State, 65-54, in the `09-10 season opener. Parker made seven of his 12 field-goal attempts, including a 4-of-7 performance from three-point range. With his 18 first-half points, he had already posted his career-high, surpassing his previous career-best of 16 points at Utah last season. Parker also played a career-high 32 minutes.
His 26 points were the most scored by an Air Force player in a season-opening game since Jarvis Croff put up 37 against Doane on Nov. 22, 1997.
Freshmen Play Well vs. Western State
Three freshmen each appeared in his first career game against Western State on Nov. 13. Michael Lyons, who led the USAFA Prep School in scoring last season, played 28 minutes and scored seven points. He also grabbed three rebounds and dished out an assist. Taylor Broekhuis, who also played at the Prep School last season, had two points and three rebounds in 13 minutes of action, while Todd Fletcher had one rebound in his five minutes of action.
Most Points in Over a Decade
The Falcons' 95 points against Dickinson State last Friday night were the most by an Air Force team since Feb. 16, 1999, when the Falcons defeated Denver, 111-88, in Denver.
Most Rebounds in Over Two Years
The Falcons pulled down 43 rebounds against Western State on Nov. 13, the most by a Falcon team under Jeff Reynolds and the most since March 14, 2007, when they had 43 against Austin Peay in the first round of the Postseason NIT Tournament.
Other Career-Bests Posted Against WSC
Sophomore Sammy Schafer grabbed a career-high five rebounds against Western State, while senior Avery Merriex pulled down a career-high four. Junior Evan Washington tied his career-best with eight rebounds.
In addition, Schafer took a personal-high seven field-goal attempts while senior Mike McLain played a career-high 21 minutes.