Dec. 2, 2008
Air Force Falcons (4-2) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (3-4)
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008
7 p.m. at Clune Arena
Location: USAFA, Colo.
Arena: Clune Arena
Network: Air Force Basketball Network
Flagship: KVOR AM 740, Colo. Spgs.
Other: AM 1510 - KCKK, Denver
Play-by-play: Jim Arthur
Jeff Reynolds (UNC-Greensboro, 1978)
Air Force: 20-16, Second Season
Overall: 102-50, Sixth Season
Ricardo Patton (Belmont, 1980)
Northern Illinois: 9-26, Second Season
Overall: 193-186, 14th Season
Overall: Northern Illinois leads 3-1
At Clune Arena: Northern Illinois leads 1-0
First Game: Nov. 28, 1977
Result: Air Force won 73-57
Last Game: Dec. 4, 2007
Result: Northern Illinois won 63-52
Current Streak: Northern Illinois - 3
Reggie Minton Air Force Classic
Air Force hosted a regular-season men's tournament for the second consecutive season Nov. 22-23 at Clune Arena. Joining the Falcons for the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic were Texas-Pan American, UCCS and Wofford. Minton was Air Force's head basketball coach from 1984-2000 and was the 2000 Mountain West Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Minton is currently the associate executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Here are the results from the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic:
Saturday, Nov. 22
Texas-Pan American 75, Wofford 70
Air Force 86, UCCS 65
Sunday, Nov. 23
Texas-Pan American 75, UCCS 70
Wofford 74, Air Force 61
Most Valuable Player
Junior Salters, Wofford
Johnson On a Roll
Senior Anwar Johnson has scored in double figures in five of AFA's six games this season. He scored a career-high 20 points last Wednesday at Stanford, then followed up with a game-high 17 points against Norfolk State. He currently leads the team in scoring at 13.7 points per game.
The Falcons travel to Greeley, Colo., to face Northern Colorado on Saturday, Dec. 6 beginning at 7:05 p.m.
Nearly Unbeatable at Clune
The Falcons have been close to unbeatable at Clune Arena the last five-plus seasons. Since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, Air Force has won 72 of its 79 home games, including 37 of its 39 non-conference games.
In addition, the Falcons have won 35 of their 40 Mountain West Conference games at Clune Arena during that stretch.
Henke No. 3 in Three-Point Pct.
Senior Andrew Henke is No. 3 on Air Force's career list for three-point percentage at 42.6 percent. He is 15-of-29 (51.7%) this season, good for No. 5 in the Mountain West Conference.
Stewart Makes Immediate Impact
Freshman Taylor Stewart became the first Air Force freshman to record a double-double since 2000 when he scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 16. Tom Bellairs was the last freshman to have a double-double in his first season at Air Force and he had eight of them during the 1999-2000 campaign.
Stewart, who is also the first Falcon freshman to score in double figures in his first three collegiate games since David Schuck during the 1997-98 campaign, currently leads the Mountain West Conference in three-point percentage at 66.7 percent (6-for-9).
Holland Huge vs. UCCS
Senior Matt Holland had a huge game vs. UCCS on the first day of the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic. Holland posted career-highs of 22 points and nine rebounds in the Falcons' 86-65 victory over the Mountain Lions. He followed that game with a 13-point, four-rebound performance against Wofford to earn a place on the all-Classic team.
Holland has hit double figures in scoring in four straight games and is second on the squad in scoring at 12 points per game. He is also third in the MWC in three-point percentage at 54.5 percent (12-of-22) and fourth in field-goal percentage at 65.9 percent (27-of-41).
Air Force has made a three-point shot in 486 consecutive games. The last time the Falcons failed to make a three-pointer was Dec. 4, 1991 in a 57-51 victory over Adams State College.
Parker Sets Another New Career-High
Junior Grant Parker set a new career-high with 15 points against Wofford on Sunday. Earlier this year, he had a career-best nine rebounds against CSU Bakersfield. Parker, whose career-bests entering the season were nine points (vs. Colorado College in 2006) and four rebounds (vs. Prairie View A&M in 2007), is averaging 8.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this year.
Last Time vs. Northern Illinois (12/4/07)
Jarvis Nichols scored a game-high 18 points to lead Northern Illinois to a 63-52 non-conference victory over Air Force. Jeremy Landers scored 14 points and Sean Smith added 10 points as the Huskies won their second straight. Landers' 3-pointer with 3:30 left to play put Northern Illinois ahead 49-46. The Huskies then hit 10-of-14 free throws in the final 3:12 to send the visiting Falcons (5-4) to their fourth straight loss. Tim Anderson paced the Falcons with 15 points while Keith Maren added 10.