Dec. 8, 2013
Air Force Falcons vs. Western State Mountaineers
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
7 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
Live Video | goairforcefalcons.com
Gametracker | goairforcefalcons.com
Dave Pilipovich (Thiel College, 1986)
Air Force | 24-24, Second Full Season
Overall | Same
Mike Moskowitz (Adams State, 2003)
Western State | 53-104, Seventh Season
Overall | Same
Overall | Air Force leads 18-1
at USAFA | Air Force leads 13-0
First Game | Jan. 5, 1957
Result | Western State won 57-41
Last Game | Nov. 15, 2012
Result | Air Force won 102-68
Current Streak | Air Force - 18
Falcons Host Western State on Monday
The Air Force men’s basketball team plays the seventh of an eight-game homestand on Monday, Dec. 9 against the Western State Mountaineers at Clune Arena. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. Air Force is 4-4 after defeating South Dakota 94-86 last Thursday at Clune Arena. The Mountaineers, meanwhile, are 0-4 after losing to Chadron State 91-88 in double overtime at home on Saturday.
History Against Western State
Air Force holds an 18-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Mountaineers. Western State won the first meeting between the two schools in 1957, bu tthe FAlcons have won 18 straight, including a 102-68 victory at Clune Arena last season.
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 close out their homestand against UC Riverside on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 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 Nets Career-High vs. South Dakota
Junior Max Yon scored a career-high 24 points against South Dakota on Thursday. He was 8-of-18 from the field and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line against the Coyotes. It was yon’s second 20-point effort this season as he notched 22, all in the second half, agaisnt jackson State on Nov. 14. He made a career-best six 3-pointers against JSU.
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 13 points last Thursday against South Dakota and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against Richmond on Nov. 27.
Most Points in a Half Since ‘99
Air Force’s 62 points in the second half against South Dakota on Thursday were the most in a half by a Falcon team since scoring 65 in the second half vs. Denver on Feb. 16, 1999.
Tale of Two Halves
Including the 62-point effort in the second half against South Dakota on Thursday, Air Force has scored 124 more points in the second half than the first half this season. The Falcons, who have trailed at halftime in seven of their eight games this season, have scored 228 points in the first half and 352 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 3-1 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 1-4 when allowing more than 70. The only victory when giving up more than 70 was against South Dakota last Thursday (94-86).
Lots of Free Shots vs. South Dakota
The Falcons went 31-of-39 from the free-throw line last Thursday against South Dakota, the most makes and attempts by an Air Force team since going 41-of-56 from the line against Navy on Nov. 28, 1998.
5 in Double Figures for First Time in Three Years
Five Falcons scored in double figures against South Dakota, the first time that has happened since Nov. 20, 2010 against Tennessee State.