Air Force travels to Arkansas State

Nov. 27, 2002

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Date: Friday, Nov. 29, 7:05 p.m. CST

Site: Convocation Center (10,563), Jonesboro, Ark.

Television: None

Radio: KVOR AM 740 in Colorado Springs

Notes: Air Force lost its season opener at Louisville, 65-47, on Nov. 23, then defeated Stetson at home, 72-43, on Nov. 26. Arkansas State opened the season with an 83-71 win over Southeast Missouri State, then fell to Samford, 70-61, on Nov. 25.

Records: Each team is 1-1 this season.

Coaches: Air Force is coached by Joe Scott (Princeton, 1987), who is in his third season with the Falcons. He has a 17-41 record in his two-plus years at Air Force. Scott came to AFA from his alma mater, Princeton, where he was an assistant coach from 1993-2000.

Arkansas State is coached by Dickey Nutt (Oklahoma State, 1982), who is in his eighth season with the Indians. He has a record of 104-98 at Arkansas State.

Series: Arkansas State holds a 2-1 advantage in the series. Air Force's only victory over the Indians came last season at Clune Arena. The Falcons defeated ASU, 67-63, in overtime on Dec. 5.

Scouting Arkansas State
Arkansas State is 1-1 after losing to Samford University, 70-61, on Nov. 25. The Indians won their season-opener, 83-71, over Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 22. Junior Tevoris Thompson leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game. He led the Indians with 19 points against Samford. Paris London, Antonio Rambo and Tony Brown each scored 11 points for ASU. London and Kim Adams each posted a team-high six rebounds. London is second on the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.5 points and 8.5 boards per game. Adams is pulling down a team-high 10.5 rebounds per contest.

Last Time Out
Air Force 72, Stetson 43
Nov. 26, 2002 at Clune Arena

Air Force hit 15 shots from 3-point range and had four players in double figures as the Falcons defeated Stetson 72-43 on Tuesday. Air Force (1-1) fell one short of its school record for 3-pointers. Tim Keller hit four of eight 3-pointers and led Air Force with a career-high 18 points. A.J. Kuhle and Joel Gerlach each had 11 points and Vernard Jenkins had 10. Air Force jumped to an 8-0 lead and led 41-16 at the half. The Falcons were 11-of-19 3-point attempts in the first half, including three by Kuhle and two each by Gerlach, Jenkins and Keller. Mark Stiles led Stetson (0-2) with 16 points. Ravii Givens had 10. Air Force took a 63-28 lead with 9:42 to play in the second half and then began substituting liberally. Air Force blocked eight shots, four by Gerlach. Gerlach also had three steals.

Notes from Stetson Game
-- Sophomore Tim Keller scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point range ... He also tied his career-high with five rebounds

-- The 29-point victory is the largest in Joe Scott's tenure as head coach

-- Junior Joel Gerlach had a career-high four blocked shots

-- Sophomore Marc Holum set career-bests for points (7), rebounds (4) and minutes played (15) ... He also recorded the first assist of his career

-- Air Force's 15 three-pointers made is one shy of the school record, set against Doane College on Nov. 22, 1997

-- Sophomore backup center David Peterson had three assists, tying his career-high he set in the opener against Louisville ... He leads the team with six assists

Three-Point Streak
Air Force has now made a 3-point shot in 299 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.

Big Monday Matchup
For the first time since Feb. 1, 1992, Air Force will host a nationally televised game when ESPN shows the AFA-Wyoming game on Monday, Feb. 17 as part of its "Big Monday" tripleheader. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:00 p.m. The Falcons have three other games on television this season, two on SportsWest (March 1 vs. BYU and March 8 vs. New Mexico) and one on ESPN-Plus (Feb. 15 vs. Colorado State).

Last Year Against Arkansas State
Air Force 67, Arkansas State 63 ot
Dec. 5, 2001 at Clune Arena

Junior Tom Bellairs scored a career-high 25 points, hitting 10 of 11 shots and three for three from 3-point range as Air Force defeated Arkansas State 67-63 in overtime. Bellairs' 90.9% from the field ties the fourth-best percentage in one game in Air Force history. He also led the Falcons with six rebounds. "It's our biggest non-conference win by far," Air Force coach Joe Scott said. "And that includes last season as well." The Falcons shot 58 percent, sinking a season-high 12 of 25 from 3-point range. Bellairs got the best of the Indians' 7-footer Jason Jennings, who guarded him much of the night. Jennings damaged the Falcons on offense, leading the Indians with 21 points, but wasn't able to keep up with Bellairs on the defensive end. Senior Lamoni Yazzie added 16 points for Air Force, while sophomore A.J. Kuhle had seven points and a career-high five assists after gaining his first start of the season.

Kuhle on a Hot Streak
Junior A.J. Kuhle has made a three-point shot in 17 consecutive games He made a trey in each of Air Force's final 15 games last season, tying the longest streak for any Falcon during the 2001-02 campaign. Lamoni Yazzie made a three-pointer in each of the first 15 games last season.

Jenkins Climbing Career Lists
Senior guard Vernard Jenkins moved into the No. 6 spot on the school's all-time assist list last season. With three assists this season, Jenkins has 271 career assists. Jenkins is also No. 5 on the school's list for career steals. He has 121 in his career.



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