Air Force MBB at Denver
Dec. 1, 2017

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Air Force travels to Denver, Colo., to take on Denver on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. in Magness Arena (7,200). The game is the third in a three-game road swing for the Falcons.


Television: Altitude TV (Todd Romero, Greg Lackey)

Radio:........ KVOR AM 740 (Jim Arthur, Jonathan Schillace)



Quick Facts         Air Force                                             Denver

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

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

Streak:............. L 3                                                          W 1

Last Game:....... at Indiana State (11/29)                vs. Wyoming (11/29)

Result:............. L 64-74                                                  W 88-78

Next Game:..... vs. Western State (12/4)              vs. San Jose State (12/5)

Conference:..... Mountain West                                The Summit League

Nickname:....... Falcons                                                 Pioneers

Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO                     Denver, CO




Category              Air Force                                             Denver

Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich  Rodney Billups

Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986                          Denver, 2005

School Record.. 75-97 (6th season)                          19-18 (2nd season)

Career Record.. Same                                                    Same



Overall.................................... Denver leads, 26-24

First Meeting........................... Jan. 29, 1959 in Denver (Denver, 84-65)

Last Meeting........................... Dec. 10, 2016 at Air Force (Denver, 77-65)

Streaks.................................... Denver W 1



Air Force and Denver are meeting for the 51st time overall. The Pioneers lead the series, 26-24. Air Force defeated Denver, 61-59, in 2016 the last time the two played in Denver. The Pioneers beat Air Force, 77-65, last season at the Academy. The teams first played Jan. 29, 1959 in Denver. The Pioneers won the game, 84-65.



Daniel Amigo scored 33 points, including 27 in the second half, to lead Denver past Air Force, 77-65, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game in Clune Arena.

Amigo scored 17 of 23 points for the Pioneers to open the second half as Denver overcame a 35-31 halftime deficit to take a 54-53 lead with 7:45 to play. Amigo hit again to give Denver the lead for good, 59-57, with 5:31 remaining. The basket started a 13-0 run as Denver took a 70-57 lead with 1:50 to play. The Falcons were never able to get the lead under double digits the rest of the way.

Amigo hit 14 of 18 field goals and grabbed 10 rebounds in 29 minutes to lead Denver. Thomas Neff added 12 points and Joe Rosga 10. The Pioneers shot 56.9 percent from the field, including a 63.0 clip in the second half when they out-scored Air Force 46-30.

Air Force was led by Hayden Graham, who scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jacob Van added 14 points and Zach Kocur 13. The Falcons hit just 40.4 percent from the field and 64 percent from the line while losing at home for the first time this season.



Zach Moer recorded career highs of 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Air Force past Denver, 61-59, in Denver. The victory is the first for the Falcons on the road last season.

The victory snapped a six-game road losing streak for the Falcons. The win was Air Force’s first non-conference road win since Dec. 22, 2012.

Moer scored to give Air Force the lead for good, 51-50, with 5:34 remaining in the game. The Falcons extended the lead to four, 60-56, with 17.8 seconds left with two free throws by Zach Kocur. Denver’s Nate Engesser hit a 3-pointer with 7.7 seconds left to cut the lead to one, 60-59. Moer was then fouled on the inbounds pass and hit one of two free throws to make up the final margin. Air Force forced a turnover on Denver’s last possession with one second left to secure the win.

The game was close throughout with the largest lead being four points by both teams and featured 12 lead changes and eight ties.

Trevor Lyons added 10 points and four assists for Air Force while Hayden Graham chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds. The Falcons out-rebounded Denver, 37-22, while forcing 17 turnovers. The Falcons hit 73.0 percent from the free throw line, including a 12-15 effort in the second half. Air Force shot 40.0 percent from the field and just 33.3 percent from 3-point range.

Denver was led by Engesser, who scored 20 points. Christian Mackey and Marcus Byrd added 10 points each. Denver shot 46.7 percent from the field, but just 27.8 from 3-point range.



Denver assistant coach Steve Snell was an assistant at Air Force for seven seasons from 2007-14. He was an assistant under former coach Jeff Reynolds and current head coach Dave Pilipovich.



Backcourt mates Jordan Barnes and Brenton Scott scored 25 points each to lead Indiana State past Air Force, 74-64, Wednesday night a non-conference game in the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Ind., as part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.

Indiana State used a 13-3 run late in the second half to take it biggest lead of the game, 66-53, with 3:14 remaining. Frank Toohey scored five straight points with a layup and 3-pointer to cut the lead to eight, 66-58, with 2:01 remaining, but the Falcons could get no closer.

Barnes hit 6-13 field goals, including 6-13 from three, and had four rebounds in 36 minutes while Scott hit 10-19 from the field, including 4-10 threes, and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in 35 minutes to lead the Sycamores. Indiana State hit 46.3 percent from the field overall and out-rebounded Air Force, 31-30, and had 12 steals.

Air Force hit 45.1 percent from the field, including 35.3 from 3-point territory, but committed a season-high 20 turnovers. Lavelle Scottie scored 15 points to lead the Falcons. Ryan Manning added 12 points and six rebounds while Pervis Louder chipped in with 10 points. Toohey had 10 points, a season-high seven rebounds, three assists and matched his career-high with two steals.



Team Notes

  • Air Force starters for the Indiana State game were: Trevor Lyons (G), Pervis Louder (G), Ryan Manning (F), Lavelle Scottie (F) and Frank Toohey (C). The lineup started for the second time together this season. The lineup is the third used by Air Force in six games this season.
  • Air Force committed a season-high 20 turnovers. The previous high was 14 vs. Canisius.
  • Air Force had four players score in doubles figures (Scottie, Louder, Manning, Toohey). The Falcons have had four or more in double figures twice this season.
  • Air Force falls to 2-5 all-time in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. The Falcons fell to 2-1 at home and 0-4 on the road in the series.


Individual Notes

  • Sophomore Lavelle Scottie scored 15 points. He has scored in double figures three times this season. Scottie has led the team in scoring in a game a team-best three times.  
  • Junior Pervis Louder scored 10 points. He has scored in double figures in two of the three games he has played this season. Louder missed three games due to injury.
  • Junior Ryan Manning scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. He has scored in double figures in two straight and four of the last five this season.
  • Senior Frank Toohey scored 10 points, grabbed a season-best seven rebounds and matched a career high with two steals. He also had two vs. Boise State March 4, 2017.



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