Falcons Play First Road Game at Drake on Saturday
Dec. 1, 2011
GAME #5Air Force Falcons vs. Drake BulldogsSaturday, Dec. 3, 20117 p.m. (CT) at Des Moines, IA SITELocation Des Moines, IowaArena Knapp CenterCapacity 7,152 RADIONetwork Air Force / IMG Sports NetworkFlagship AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.Play-by-Play Jim ArthurAnalyst Matt Pauley TELEVISIONNone in the Colorado Springs area. Game will be televised on Mediacom Cable throughout the Midwest. INTERNETGametracker goairforcefalcons.com COACHESJeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)Air Force 55-73, Fifth SeasonOverall 137-107, Ninth Season Mark Phelps (Old Dominion, 1996)Drake 48-56, Fourth SeasonOverall Same ALL-TIME SERIESOverall Drake leads 5-0at Drake Drake leads 3-0First Game Jan. 25, 1964Result Drake won 56-54Last Game Dec. 12, 1981Result Drake won 63-46Current Streak Drake - 5 Falcons Play First Road Game at Drake on SaturdayThe Air Force Falcons play their first road game of the 2011-12 campaign in Des Moines, Iowa against the Drake Bulldogs on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. (CT). This is one of eight games comprising the 2011-12 Mountain West / Missouri Valley Challenge. The Falcons are 3-1 after a hard-fought 76-73 overtime loss to Colorado at Clune Arena on Nov. 23, while Drake is 4-3 after falling at Boise State, 108-64, on Nov. 30. Air Force Drops Overtime Game to ColoradoAir Force suffered its first loss of the season on Nov. 23 with a 76-73 overtime defeat at the hands of the University of Colorado at Clune Arena. Junior guard Michael Lyons did all he could for the Falcons, scoring a career-high 31 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field. He also pulled down seven rebounds and had a season-high three steals. Todd Fletcher added 13 points and six assists while Mike Fitzgerald had 10 points. Up NextThe Falcons return home for the first of a three-game homestand against the Wright State Raiders on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Mountain West / Missouri Valley ChallengeThe 2011-12 edition of the MWC/MVC Challenge is the third in a four-year agreement between the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences. Eight Challenge games will be played this year, and each conference will host a total of 18 games in the four-year period. Illinois State and Southern Illinois will be the Valley teams that do not participate in the 2011-12 Challenge Series. Below is a listing of the 2011-12 MW/MVC Challenge contests: Date -- Game / ResultNov. 30 -- Creighton 85, San Diego State 83Dec. 3 -- Air Force at DrakeDec. 3 -- Indiana State at Boise StateDec. 3 -- Colorado State at Northern IowaDec. 3 -- Missouri State at New MexicoDec. 3 -- TCU at EvansvilleDec. 3 -- Bradley at WyomingDec. 4 -- UNLV at Wichita State Falcons Win All-Military ClassicAir Force opened its 2011-12 season Nov. 11-12 with a pair of victories at the First Annual All-Military Classic. The Falcons used a second-half rally to defeat service-academy rival Army, 87-71, in the first round, then downed VMI, 75-65, in the championship game.Junior guard Michael Lyons was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 22 points and eight rebounds, while fellow junior Todd Fletcher was named to the all-tournament team after dishing out a career-high seven assists in each game.This was the first of a four-year contract for the All-Military Classic, with each school hosting once. Citadel will host in 2012, VMI in ‘13 and Army in ‘14. The tournament will be played each year during Veteran’s Day weekend. All-Military Classic ResultsFriday, Nov. 11Air Force 87, Army 71VMI 103, Citadel 100 Saturday, Nov. 12Citadel 83, Army 72 (Third Place)Air Force 75, VMI 65 (Championship) Most Valuable PlayerMichael Lyons, Air Force All-Tournament TeamRodney Glasgow, VMIElla Ellis, ArmyTodd Fletcher, Air ForceMike Grosselle, CitadelKeith Gabriel, VMI Falcons Picked 5th in MWCAir Force was picked fifth in the 2011-12 preseason media poll released at the Mountain West media day in Denver, Colo. School (First Place Votes) -- Pts.1. New Mexico (22) -- 2032. UNLV (4) -- 1833. San Diego State -- 1584. Colorado State -- 1195. Air Force -- 786. Wyoming -- 687. TCU -- 648. Boise State -- 63 Still a Great Record at CluneDespite their loss to Colorado on Nov. 23, the Falcons have been hard to beat at Clune Arena the last eight seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 98 of its 129 home games, good for a .760 winning percentage. In addition, the Falcons have won 40 of their 64 Mountain West games at Clune during that same stretch (.625 pct). Air Force Fifth in MW Last EightAir Force is currently ranked fifth among Mountain West teams for the best overall winning percentage since the beginning of the 2003-04 season. AFA’s winning percentage is 57.3 percent. Air Force is one of only four teams in the conference to have at least a .500 record in at least six of the last eight seasons (UNLV (8); New Mexico (7), San Diego State, Air Force (6)). Top 25 Nationally in Four CategoriesAir Force is ranked in the top 25 nationally in four categories according to the first national statistical summary released on Monday, Nov. 28: Category -- Stat -- Nat. RankAssists Per Game -- 19.3 -- 8thAssist-Turnover Ratio -- 1.51 -- 15thSteals Per Game -- 10.0 -- 20thTurnover Margin -- 5.8 -- 21st Broekhuis Picks Up First Career Double-DoubleJunior Taylor Broekhuis played arguably the best game of his career in the championship game of the All-Military Classic on Nov. 12 against VMI. The 6-10 center from Colorado Springs scored 18 points, one shy of his career high, and pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds to post the first double-double of his career. His 12 rebounds were the most by a Falcon in one game since Jacob Burtschi hauled down 12 at Stanford on Nov. 15, 2006. Lyons First to Score 20 in First Two Since ‘97Michael Lyons scored 24 and 20 points in his first two games of the season, becoming the first Falcon to score at least 20 points in each of the first two games of one season since Jarmica Reese in 1997. For his efforts, Lyons was named the All-Military Classic’s MVP and the Mountain West’s Co-Player of the Week. After scoring just seven points in AFA’s 28-point rout over Western State, Lyons scored a career-high 31 points against Colorado, the most points in one game by a Falcon since Jarvis Croff scored 31 against Utah on March 9, 2000. Most Assists in Over a DecadeAir Force recorded 25 assists in the season-opener against Army, the most in one game by an AFA team since dishing out 25 against Long Beach State on Nov. 21, 2000. The Falcons added 20 assists the next day against VMI and have an assist on 77 of their 106 field-goals this season.Individually, junior Todd Fletcher had a career-high seven assists in each of his first two games and is ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West averaging 5.25 per game, while junior Taylor Broekhuis is seventh in the conference at 3.75 assists per game. Carter Ties School Record for Steals in First Career GameFive freshmen saw action for Air Force during the opening weekend, but none had a better start than Chris Carter. The 6-3 guard from Port St. Lucie, Fla., had nine points, seven rebounds and seven steals in his first career game against Army. His seven steals tied the school record for one game and were the most by a Falcon since Tim Anderson, the 2007-08 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, had seven against San Diego State at the Mountain West Tournament on March 13, 2008. Williams Sharp From The FieldFreshman Kamryn Williams has been the team’s best shooter so far this season. Williams, who has played in all four games off the bench, is shooting 78.6 percent (11-14) from the field and a perfect 100% (4-4) from three-point range. He has made all seven of his field-goal attempts, including his four 3-pointers, his last three games. Falcons Win Ninth Straight Season OpenerWith its 87-71 victory over Army at Clune Arena on Nov. 11, Air Force is now 26-30 all-timein season openers. The Falcons are 20-8 at home and 6-22 on the road (including neutral games).Air Force has won its last nine season openers and 11 home openers.