Falcons travel to Indiana State

Nov. 28, 2017

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Air Force at Indiana State

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. ET, Terre Haute, IN

Mountain West-MVC Challenge

 

THE GAME

Air Force travels to Terre Haute, Ind., to take on Indiana State Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. The game is the second in a three-game road swing for the Falcons.

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television: ESPN3 (Chase Eyrich, Corey Clark)

Radio:........ XTRA 1300 AM (Jim Arthur)

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Quick Facts         Air Force                                             Indiana State

Record:............ 3-2                                                         2-4

Conf. Record:... 0-0                                                         0-0

Streak:............. L 2                                                          L 1

Last Game:....... L 69-81 at Colorado (11/26)          L 85-93 vs. Ball State

Next Game:..... at Denver (12/2)                              at North Texas (12/6)

Conference:..... Mountain West                                Missouri Valley

Nickname:....... Falcons                                                 Sycamores

Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO                     Terre Haute, IN

Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com                GoSycamores.com

 

THE COACHES

Category              Air Force                                             Indiana State

Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich  Greg Lansing

Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986                          South Dakota, 1990

School Record.. 75-96 (6th season)                          122-112 (8th Season)

Career Record.. Same                                                    Same

 

THE SERIES

Overall: First Meeting

 

THE SERIES

Air Force and Indiana State are meeting for the first time.

 

AIR FORCE IN THE CHALLENGE

Air Force is 2-4 all-time in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. The Falcons are 2-1 at home and 0-3 on the road.

 

Air Force all-time results in challenge

Date      Opponent.............. Result

12-3-16 Missouri State........ W 83-70

11-13-15............................ at Southern Illinois  L 75-77

12-2-12 Wichita State......... L 69-72

12-3-11 at Drake................. L 60-62

12-5-10 Evansville............... W 57-56

12-5-09 at Missouri State.... L 48-58

 

LAST SEASON IN THE CHALLENGE

Frank Toohey scored 17 points and lead six players in double figures as Air Force defeated Missouri State, 83-70, in Clune Arena as part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.

Air Force used a 19-10 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 70-53, with 5:34 to play. Missouri State was able to cut the lead to nine points on three occasions after that, the last coming with under a minute to play to make it 79-70. The Falcons hit four straight free throws from there to make up the final margin. Air Force hit 13 of 14 free throws in the final 4:21 to keep the Bears from getting it any closer than nine points.

Air Force used a 10-0 run late in the first half to take control of the game and ended up leading 41-32 at the half. Air Force led by double digits the majority of the second half to keep Missouri State at bay.

Zach Kocur added a season-high 16 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds to notch his second-career double-double. Hayden Graham added 16 points and seven rebounds while Jacob Van chipped in with 10 points and a team-best six assists. Trevor Lyons and Ryan Manning each added 10 points off the bench.

The Falcons shot a season-best 56.3 percent from the field. Air Force out-rebounded Missouri State, 37-24, assisted on 21 of 27 field goals and had just 10 turnovers. The Falcons matched a season high with 11 3-pointers, hitting 61.1 percent from beyond the arc. Air Force shot 81.8 percent from the line on 18-of-22 shooting.

 

LAST WEEK

Air Force went 1-2 in three games last week. The team split a pair of home games. The Falcons defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 57-47, Monday and fell to Pacific, 83-71, Tuesday. The Falcons dropped their road opener at Colorado, 81-69, Sunday.

 

AIR FORCE'S LAST GAME

George King scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Colorado past Air Force, 81-69, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference game at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, Colo.

Colorado shot 53.6 percent from the field in the second half to slowly gain control of the game. The Buffs used an 8-2 run midway through the second half to push the lead to seven, 55-48, with 13:22 to play. CU pushed the lead to nine points on several occasions, the first with 8:24 left, 68-59. Air Force was never able to get closer than seven points from there. The Buffs hit eight straight free throws to keep Air Force from getting any closer and to make up the final margin.

Colorado shot 48.1 percent from the field for the game and out-rebounded Air Force, 42-21. They also enjoyed a 15-4 advantage in second chance points thanks to 12 offensive rebounds. McKinley Wright added 19 points for Colorado.

Air Force was led by Ryan Manning, who had 17 points and matched a career high with five 3-pointers. He also grabbed a team-best five rebounds. Frank Toohey added 15 points and four rebounds and Trevor Lyons added nine points and three steals.

The Falcons, who led 34-33 at halftime, shot 43.1 percent from the field, including a 42.3 percent clip from three. Air Force hit 8-15 threes in the first half, but just 3-11 in the second half.

 


 

 

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