Air Force travels to Riverside, Calif., to take on UC Riverside on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. PT. The Falcons will be completing a stretch of four games in seven days, including three games this week.
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Quick Facts Air Force UC Riverside
Record:............ 5-4 2-6
Conf. Record:... 0-0 0-0
Streak:............. L 1 L 4
Last Game:....... vs. Abilene Christian (12/6) at Pepperdine (12/5)
Result:............. L 58-62 L 59-70
Next Game:..... vs. Army (12/17) at Montana (12/17)
Conference:..... Mountain West Big West
Nickname:....... Falcons Highlanders
Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO Riverside, CA
Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com GoHighlanders.com
Category Air Force UC Riverside
Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich Dennis Cutts
Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986 New York at Albany, 1990
School Record.. 77-98 (6th season) 47-84 (5th season)
Career Record.. Same Same
Overall.................................... Air Force leads 2-0
First Meeting........................... Dec. 22, 2012 at UCR (Air Force W 61-53)
Last Meeting........................... Dec. 14, 2013 at Air Force (Air Force W 62-52
Streaks.................................... Air Force W 1
Air Force and UC Riverside are meeting for the third time overall and first since 2013. Air Force leads the series, 2-0. The Falcons are 1-0 at home and 1-0 on the road. The teams first played Dec. 22, 2012 at Riverside, resulting in a 61-53 Air Force win. The Falcons won the last meeting, 62-52, Dec. 14, 2013 at the Academy.
12-22-12 Air Force, 61-53 (A)
12-14-13 Air Force, 62-52 (H)
(H) is for AF
LAST TIME VS. UCR
The Falcons, who led 26-23 at the half, opened the second half with a 16-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 42-27, with 12:01 left. Coggins scored nine points to key the run. UC Riverside clawed away and was able to get as close as seven points, 51-44, with 4:21 remaining. Junior team co-captain Kamryn Williams, who returned to the lineup today after missing the last seven games due to injury, hit 3-pointers on consecutive Air Force possessions to push the lead to 57-46 with 1:40 remaining. The Falcons were never threatened after that.
Williams finished with eight points and five rebounds in 12 minutes. Marek Olesinski chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds while Hayden Graham added nine points and a career-best eight rebounds. Air Force shot just 29.0 percent from the field, including six-of-27 from 3-point range, but out-rebounded UC Riverside 46-35 with a 15-3 advantage on the offensive glass.
UC Riverside hit 39.1 percent from the field and just 21.4 from 3-point range. The Highlanders had 20 turnovers. Taylor Johns led the way with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead UC Riverside.
LAST TIME AT UCR
(Dec. 14, 2013)
Michael Lyons scored a game-high 22 points to lead Air Force to a 61-53 victory over UC Riverside at SRC Arena in Riverside, Calif.
Lyons shot 8-of-16 from the field and added team-highs of six rebounds and three assists. He scored 14 of his points in the second half, including eight in a 12-2 run early in the second half that put the Falcons ahead 42-32 with 15 minutes remaining.
UC Riverside cut the lead to 44-39 on a Chris Patton layup at the 10:56 mark, but the Falcons went on a 16-7 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 60-46 with 3:17 remaining.
Kyle Green, who started the first nine games of the season, went 3-of-4 from three-point range and added 11 points off the bench while Taylor Broekhuis had 10 points and four rebounds for Air Force. Tre’ Coggins chipped in with seven points and a game-high four steals.
After UCR opened the game ahead 4-0, the Falcons had four players hit a three-pointer during a 17-0 run, but the Highlanders responded with a 19-4 run off its own as the Falcons went into halftime with a 30-28 lead.
UC Riverside shot just 36 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers. Patton scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Highlanders. Robert Smith chipped in with 11 points.
Air Force is playing four games in seven days starting last Sunday, Dec. 2, at Denver. The Falcons played Western State Dec. 4 and Abilene Christian Dec. 6 at home and finish the stretch at UC-Riverside Friday, Dec. 8.
LAST TIME OUT
Tevin Foster and Jalon Friday scored 14 points each to lead Abilene Christian past Air Force, 62-58, in a non-conference game Wednesday night in Clune Arena at the Academy.
Abilene Christian, who led 27-24 at the half, opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take a 39-26 lead with 16:19 to play. The Wildcats pushed the lead to as many as 17 points, 47-30, with 13:23 remaining. Air Force got as close as two points on a Lavelle Scottie basket with 11 seconds left to make it 60-58, but Friday hit two free throws with 9.3 seconds left to provide the winning margin.
ACU shot 42.6 percent from the field, but hit 52.2 percent in the second half on 12 of 23 shooting. Payten Ricks added 11 points while Jaren Lewis chipped in with eight points and six rebounds, none bigger than on offensive rebound off a missed free throw with 24 seconds left and ACU up by four.
Air Force hit 49.0 percent from the field, but had season lows of three made 3-pointers and 16.7 percent from beyond the arc on 3-18 shooting. The Falcons out-rebounded ACU, 33-24, but had a season-high 20 turnovers.
Trevor Lyons scored 13 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Falcons. Scottie added 12 points while freshman Keaton Van Soelen chipped in with a career-best eight points. Ryan Swan added eight points, five rebounds and a career-best three assists.
- Air Force starters for the game: Trevor Lyons (G), Pervis Louder (G), Ryan Manning (F), Lavelle Scottie (F) and Frank Toohey (C). The lineup started for the third time together this season. The lineup is the fourth used by Air Force in nine games this season. The lineup was used earlier this season at Colorado and at Indiana State.
- Air Force scored first points in the game for just the second time this season and first time since the Arkansas-Pine Bluff game on Nov 20. The Falcons also scored the first points of the game vs. Canisius Nov. 14.
- Air Force trailed at the half, 27-24. The Falcons have trailed at the half in four straight games. Air Force is 2-2 in the games.
- Air Force opened the game 2-11 from the field for the third straight game. The Falcons finished the game shooting 49.0 percent. Air Force ended the Denver game shooting 38.2 percent Dec. 2 and 55.6 percent vs. Western State Dec. 4.
- Sophomore Sid Tomes missed the game due to injury. He had played in the previous eight games this season and started the last two.
- Senior Trevor Lyons scored 13 points and recorded one steal. Lyons moved into a tie for ninth on the Air Force career steals list with 132. He is tied with Todd Fletcher (2009-13), who also had 132.
- Freshman Keaton Van Soelen scored a career-high eight points. His previous scoring high was six points vs. Pacific Nov. 21.
- Sophomore Lavelle Scottie scored 12 points. He has scored in double figures in two straight and three of the last four games.
- Junior Pervis Louder matched his career high with seven rebounds. He also had seven vs. Western State in the last game.
- Sophomore Ryan Swan scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and had a career-best three assists.