Dec. 4, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. South Dakota Coyotes
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013
7:05 p.m. at USAFA, Colo.
Location | USAFA, Colo.
Arena | Clune Arena
Capacity | 5,843
Network | Air Force / IMG Radio Network
Station | AM 740 KVOR, Colo. Spgs.
Play-by-Play | Jim Arthur
Analyst | Matt Pauley
Network | ROOT Sports
(DirecTV - 683; Dish - 414; Comcast - 35 or 702)
Play-by-Play | Jerry Schemmel
Analyst | Dave Bollwinkel
Gametracker | goairforcefalcons.com
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force | 23-24, Second Full Season
Overall | Same
Joey James (South Dakota, 2000)
South Dakota | 3-3, First Season
Overall | Same
Overall | Air Force leads 5-0
at USAFA | Air Force leads 4-0
First Game | Feb. 7, 1959
Result | Air Force won 75-57
Last Game | Dec. 11, 1963
Result | Air Force won 85-53
Current Streak | Air Force - 5
Falcons Host South Dakota on Thursday
The Air Force men’s basketball team plays the sixth of an eight-game homestand on Thursday, Dec. 5 against the South Dakota Coyotes at Clune Arena. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:05 p.m., and will be televised nationally by ROOT Sports. Air Force is 3-4 following an 81-57 loss to Colorado last Saturday at Clune Arena. The Coyotes, meanwhile, are 3-3 after defeating Utah Valley 71-67 at home on Monday.
History Against USD
Air Force holds a 5-0 advantage in the all-time series against the Coyotes, but the teams have not played since Dec. 11, 1963. The two teams first played on Feb. 7, 1959 and Air Force won the last meeting, 85-53.
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.
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.
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 Western State on Monday, Dec. 9 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)
Yon 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 94 more points in the second half than the first half this season. The Falcons, who have trailed at halftime in six of their seven games this season, have scored 196 points in the first half and 290 in the second half so far this year.
Darrius Parker Makes First Career Start Count
Freshman Darrius Parker made his first career start on Nov. 20 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
70 Points Seems to be the Key
Air Force is 2-1 this season when it scored 70 points or more and 1-3 when scoring less than 70. Defensively speaking, the Falcons are 3-0 when allowing 70 points or less and 0-4 when allowing more than 70.