Air Force MBB hosts Abilene Christian
Dec. 5, 2017

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Air Force hosts Abilene Christian Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Clune Arena. The game closes out a two-game home stand for the Falcons. 



Television: Internet (MW Network) (Josh Howe, Keith Barnett)

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



Quick Facts         Air Force                                             Abilene Christian

Record:............ 5-3                                                         5-3

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

Streak:............. W 2                                                        W 2

Last Game:....... vs. Western State                            vs. Schreiner (12/2)

Result:............. W 79-67                                               W 71-43

Next Game:..... at UC-Riverside (12/8)                   vs. Texas State (12/9)

Conference:..... Mountain West                                Southland

Nickname:....... Falcons                                                 Wildcats

Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO                     Abilene, TX




Category              Air Force                                             Abilene Christian

Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich  Joe Golding

Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986                          Abilene Christian, 1999

School Record.. 77-97 (6th season)                          76-108 (7th season)

Career Record.. Same                                                    Same



Overall............................................................ Tied 3-3

First Meeting................................................... Jan. 26, 1966 at Air Force (Air Force, 84-66)

Last Meeting................................................... Jan. 26, 1974 at ACU (ACU, 68-67)

Streaks............................................................ Abilene Christian W 1



Air Force and Abilene Christian are meeting for the seventh time overall and first since 1974. The series is tied 3-3. Air Force is 3-1 at home and 0-2 on the road in the series. The teams first played Jan. 26, 1966 at the Academy. Air Force won the game, 84-66. Abilene Christian won the last meeting, 68-67, Jan. 26, 1974, in Abilene, Texas.


Date            Result

1-26-66       Air Force, 84-66 (H)

12-7-68       Air Force, 89-67 (H)

12-1-71       ACU, 86-76 (A)

1-19-72       ACU 76, 70 (H)

1-4-73         Air Force, 49-44 (H)

1-26-74       ACU, 68-67 (A)

(H) is for AF



Air Force is playing four games in seven days starting last Sunday, Dec. 2, at Denver. The Falcons played Western State Dec. 4 at home and finish the stretch at UC-Riverside Friday, Dec. 8.



Air Force overcame a 20-plus point deficit for the second straight game to post a victory as Air Force beat Western State, 79-67, Monday night in a non-conference game in Clune Arena at the Academy.

Western State opened the game with a 27-4 run over the first 9:26 of the game to take a 23-point lead. The Mountaineers hit 9-13 field goals while Air Force hit just two of its first 11 field goals and had seven turnovers during the span.

The Falcons closed the half out-scoring Western State, 29-19, to cut the lead to 46-33 at the half. Air Force opened the second half with a 21-7 run to take its first lead, 54-53, with 10:52 to play. The Falcons later used a 13-4 spurt to take control of the game for good and take its biggest lead, 72-63, with 3:34 remaining. Lavelle Scottie scored six points to key the run.

Air Force shot a season-high 55.6 percent from the field, including a 63.0 clip (17-27) in the second half. The Falcons assisted on 11 of 17 field goals in the second half and had 16 assists for the game. Air Force’s defensive pressure forced 19 Western State turnovers while holding the Mountaineers to just 40.9 percent shooting in the second half. Western State hit 59.3 percent in the first half.

Scottie led all scorers with a career-high 27 points. He hit 11 of 14 field goals and grabbed three rebounds and had three assists. Pervis Louder added career highs of 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists in a season-high 33 minutes. Sid Tomes chipped in with a season-high 11 points while Ryan Manning added 10. Ryan Swan added eight points and four rebounds.

Collin Smith scored 17 points to lead Western State. Ben Beauchamp added 15 points and Michael Hill 14. The Mountaineers hit 51 percent from the field, including 37.5 percent from three on 9-24 shooting.

Air Force overcame a 22 point deficit on Saturday at Denver, falling behind 27-5 to open the game before rallying. The Falcons have won two straight overall and improved to 5-3 overall. Air Force is 4-1 at home. Western State is 3-5 overall. The game counted as an exhibition for the Mountaineers.



Team Notes

  • Air Force starters for the Western State game: Trevor Lyons (G), Sid Tomes (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 fourth used by Air Force in eight games this season.
  • Air Force improved its school record streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 255 games dating back to Nov. 21, 2009 vs. Northern Colorado.
  • Air Force overcame a 20-plus point deficit for the second straight game. Air Force trailed by 23 points (27-4) in the first 9:26 of the game before rallying. The Falcons trailed by 22 points (27-5) Saturday at Denver before winning, 61-59.
  • Air Force hit a season-best 55.6 percent from the field, including a 63.0 clip in the second half.
  • The Falcons had 11 assists on 17 field goals in the second half. Air Force finished with 16 assists in the game.
  • Air Force improved to 4-1 at home this season.
  • Air Force improved to 22-2 all-time vs. Western State, including 22 straight wins.
  • Air Force Head Coach Dave Pilipovich improved to 77-97 in his sixth season at the Academy.


Individual Notes

  • Sophomore Lavelle Scottie scored a career-high 27 points to record his fourth double figure scoring game of the season. His 27 points are the most by a Falcon since Jacob Van had 37 vs. UNLV March 9, 2016.
  • Junior Pervis Louder scored a career-high 15 points, matched his career high with seven rebounds and added a career-high six assists. Louder has recorded a career high in two straight games, as he set his previous high of 14 at Denver Dec. 2.
  • Junior Ryan Manning scored 10 points. He has scored in double figures a team-high six times this season, including four straight games.
  • Sophomore Ryan Swan scored eight points, the second most of his career.
  • Sophomore Sid Tomes scored a season-high 11 points.



  • Air Force defeated Denver, 61-59, Dec. 2 in Denver to snap a 22-game road losing streak dating back to a 67-60 win at UC Davis Dec. 19, 2015.
  • Air Force is 2-5 all-time in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. The Falcons are 2-1 at home and 0-4 on the road. Air Force lost at Indiana State, 74-64, Nov. 29, in this year’s action.
  • The Falcons finished the event with a 3-1 overall record with all four games at the Academy. The Falcons finished second overall, tying with Pacific at 3-1. Pacific was named the champion as a result of its win over Air Force.
  • Air Force improved to 30-32 all-time in season openers, including a 22-8 mark at home. The Falcons have won 11 straight season openers at home dating back to a 73-68 loss to Valparaiso Nov. 23, 1991.
  • Air Force Head Coach Dave Pilipovich improved to 4-2 in season openers, including a 2-0 mark at home.




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