Nov. 29, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Colorado Buffaloes
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
2 p.m. at USAFA, Colo.
Mountain West Network
Location | USAFA, Colo.
Arena | Clune Arena
Capacity | 5,843
Network | Air Force / IMG Radio Network
Station | AM 1300 KCSF, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play | Matt Pauley
Network | Mountain West Network
Play-by-Play | Jeff Lampe
Analyst | Marty Fletcher
Gametracker | goairforcefalcons.com
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force | 23-23, Second Full Season
Overall | Same
Tad Boyle (Kansas, 1985)
Colorado | 74-39, Fourth Season
Overall | 130-105, Eighth Season
Overall | Colorado leads 19-3
at USAFA | Colorado leads 7-2
First Game | Feb. 22, 1958
Result | Colorado won 54-50
Last Game | Nov. 25, 2012
Result | Colorado won 89-74
Current Streak | Colorado - 3
Falcons Host Colorado on Saturday
The Air Force men’s basketball team continues its eight-game homestand on Saturday, Nov. 30 against the Colorado Buffaloes at Clune Arena. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m. Air Force is 3-3 following an 83-60 loss to Richmond last Wednesday at Clune Arena. The Buffaloes, meanwhile, are 6-1 after defeating Harvard, 70-62, at home last Sunday. CU enters the game with a six-game winning streak.
History Against CU
Colorado holds a 19-3 advantage in the all-time series against the Falcons. The Buffaloes, winners of the last three games between the two teams, defeated Air Force 89-74 last season in Boulder. In the last meeting at Clune Arena, CU pulled out a 76-73 overtime victory on Nov. 23, 2011. AFA’s last win in the series came on Nov. 18, 2006, an 84-46 victory in Boulder.
This season marks the 58th year of varsity basketball for Air Force. This is Air Force’s 15th season in the Mountain West. AFA was a member of the Western Athletic Conference for 19 years before joining the MW in 1999.
With its 79-68 victory over Army on Nov. 8, Air Force is now 28-30 all-time in season openers. The Falcons are 20-8 at home and 8-22 on the road (including neutral games). Air Force, which has beaten Army in its last three season-openers, has won its last 11 season openers. Jackson State snapped Air Force streak of 12 consecutive home-opening wins on Nov. 14.
Big Personnel Losses
Air Force entered the 2013-14 campaign without its top seven scorers (five players graduated, one left the program and junior DeLovell Earls is injured) and its top five rebounders (including Earls) from last season. Only 22.4 percent of the team’s scoring and 40 percent of the rebounding returned this season. Air Force’s starting lineup in the season opener vs. Army started zero games and averaged 12.7 points per game last season. In fact, the current Air Force roster entered this season with just 39 career starts (DeLovell Earls 22, Kamryn Williams 14, Justin Hammonds 3).
The Falcons will host South Dakota University on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
Falcons Split Pair of Games at All-Military Classic
The Air Force men’s basketball team opened its 2013-14 season with a 1-1 record at the the third annual All-Military Classic last weekend at VMI in Lexington, Va. The Falcons rallied for a 79-68 victory over Army in the first round, then suffered their first-ever loss in the tournament to VMI, 71-63, in the championship game.
Air Force sophomore Tre’ Coggins was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 34 points in the two games, including a career-high 20 vs. Army. Junior co-captain Kamryn Williams posted the third double-double of his career with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Army, while fellow junior Marek Olesinski notched career highs of 23 points and nine rebounds against VMI.
This is the third of the four-year deal for the tournament, with each school hosting once. Air Force hosted the first tournament in 2011 and The Citadel hosted last season. Army will host next year. The tournament is played each year during Veteran’s Day weekend.
All-Military Classic Results
Friday, Nov. 8
Air Force 79, Army 68
VMI 82, Citadel 71
Saturday, Nov. 9
Army 84, The Citadel 69 (Third-Place Game)
VMI 71, Air Force 63 (Championship Game)
Coggins Scores Most Points by a Sophomore Since ‘57
Tre’ Coggins’ career-high 35 points on Nov. 14 against Jackson State were the fourth-most in one game by an Air Force sophomore in school history. The top three marks were set by Bob Beckel during the program’s first season in 1956-57. Beckel had games of 48, 47 and 46 that season.
Coggins’ 35 points tied for No. 18 on Air Force’s single-game scoring list, equalling point-totals by Otis Jones vs. Doane on Dec. 3, 1994 and Raymond Dudley vs. San Diego State on Feb. 4, 1989.
Yon Also Scores Big vs. JSU
Junior Max Yon scored a career-high 22 points, all in the second half, against Jackson State on Nov. 14. He made a career-best six 3-pointers and also dished out a career-high four assists.
Hammonds Returns to the Team
Junior forward Justin Hammonds made his season debut on Nov. 14 against Jackson State after leaving the team over the summer to concentrate on academics. Hammonds returned to the team on Nov. 12 and played 19 minutes vs. the Tigers. He then started the first game since his freshman campaign and played a career-high 34 minutes against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 17. He scored a season-high 12 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Colorado Christian last Wednesday.
Most Points in a Half in Nearly Three Years
Air Force’s 58 points in the second half against Jackson State on Nov. 14 were the most in a half by a Falcon team since scoring 58 in the second half vs. Tennessee State on Nov. 20, 2010.
Tale of Two Halves
Air Force has scored 85 more points in the second half than the first half this season. The Falcons, who have trailed at halftime in five of theie six games this season, have scored 172 points in the first half and 257 in the second half so far this year.
Darrius Parker Makes First Career Start Count
Freshman Darrius Parker made his first career start last Wednesday against Colorado Christian and scored a career-high 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He also pulled down five rebounds and dished out two assists against the Cougars
Dave Pilipovich Enters Second Full Season as Head Coach
Dave Pilipovich became the eighth head coach in the history of the Air Force men’s basketball program on Feb. 8, 2012 and was named permanent head coach on March 3, 2012. Pilipovich was in his fifth season as a member of the coaching staff and first as associate head coach when he was promoted to head coach after Jeff Reynolds was relieved of his duties.
After taking over the program, Pilipovich won two of his first three games as head coach, including a come from behind 58-53 win at Wyoming in his first road game. He then led his team to one of the biggest victories in program history with a 58-56 triumph over 13th-ranked San Diego State at Clune Arena, marking Air Force’s first-ever win over a Top 20 team.
In 2012-13, his first full season as head coach, Pilipovich led the Falcons to an 18-14 overall record, tying the fourth-most wins in one season in program history. He also became the first Air Force head coach to beat two ranked teams in the same season and owns three of AFA’s four wins against ranked opponents, including an 89-88 win over #12 New Mexico, the highest ranked opponent ever defeated by Air Force. He also coached Air Force to its first-ever postseason road win with a 69-65 victory at Hawai’i in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Capt. Nick Welch Joins Staff as Assistant Coach
Capt. Nick Welch joins the Falcon coaching staff in 2013-14. Previously, Welch spent four years at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana as an aircraft maintenance officer and two at Los Angeles Air Force Base as an acquisition program manager since his graduation from the Academy.
Welch, who earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in 2007, enjoyed a stellar basketball career with the Falcons. A four-year letterwinner, he is No. 14 on AFA’s career scoring list with 1,109 points and 10th on the school’s assist list with 255. Welch, who is tied for ninth with 116 career games played, started the last 93 games he played in as a Falcon.
Falcons Picked 10th in Media Poll
Air Force was picked 10th in the 2013-14 Mountain West preseason media poll:
School (First Place Votes) Pts.
1. New Mexico (23) 263
2. UNLV (1) 214
Boise State 214
4. San Diego State 212
5. Utah State 156
6. Colorado State 142
7. Wyoming 112
8. Fresno State 96
9. Nevada 84
10. Air Force 61
11. San José State 30