Air Force travels to Arkansas State
Nov. 27, 2002
Date: Friday, Nov. 29, 7:05 p.m. CST
Site: Convocation Center (10,563), Jonesboro, Ark.
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
Last Time Out
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
-- 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
Big Monday Matchup
Last Year Against Arkansas State
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
Jenkins Climbing Career Lists