Air Force travels to New York, N.Y., to take on Army West Point Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in Madison Square Garden in the 65th Annual MSG Holiday Festival Presented by Advance Auto Parts. St. Johns and Iona are also playing in the Festival that features two local favorites and two military rivals.
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Quick Facts Air Force Army West Point
Record:............ 5-5 5-4
Conf. Record:... 0-0 0-0
Streak:............. L 2 L 1
Last Game:....... at UC Riverside (12/8) at St. Francis Brooklyn (12/12)
Result:............. L 48-67 12/12
Next Game:..... vs. Johnson&Wales (12/22) at Boston (12/29)
Conference:..... Mountain West Patriot
Nickname:....... Falcons Black Knights
Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO West Point, NY
Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com GoArmyWestPoint.com
Category Air Force Army
Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich Jimmy Allen
Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986 Emory & Henry, 1993
School Record.. 77-99 (6th season) 19-22 (2nd season)
Career Record.. Same 116-93 (8th season)
Overall........................ Army leads 5-4
First Meeting............... Jan. 29, 1977, West Point, NY (Army, 68-49)
Last Meeting............... Dec. 7, 2016, West Point, NY (Army, 79-71)
Streaks........................ Army W3
Air Force and Army are meeting for the 10th time. Army leads the series, 5-4. The Falcons are 1-1 at home, 0-3 on the road and 3-1 in neutral sites games. Army has won three straight in the series, including a 79-71 win last year at Army. The teams first played Jan. 29, 1977 at Army resulting in a 68-49 win for the Black Knights.
All-Time Series Results
12-7-16 Army 79-71 (A)
12-12-15 Army 90-80 (H)
11-14-14 Army 84-78 (A)
11-8-13 Air Force 79-68 (N)
11-10-12 Air Force 76-65 (N)
11-11-11 Air Force 87-71 (H)
11-28-87 Army 79-70 (N)
12-22-85 Air Force 56-50 (N)
1-29-77 Army 68-49 (A)
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SEASON VS. ARMY
(Dec. 7, 2016) Jordan Fox scored 20 points to lead three Black Knights in double figures as Army defeated Air Force, 79-71, Wednesday night in a non-conference men’s basketball game in Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y.
Army out-scored Air Force, 29-4, over a 10 minute stretch in the first half to jump to its biggest lead, 33-11, with 4:59 to play in the half. The Falcons, who opened the game hitting just five of its first 27 field goals, closed the half on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 36-21 at the half. Army hit 15 of its 22 field goals and finished the half hitting 55.6 percent from the field on 15-of-27 shooting.
The Black Knights kept the lead in double digits throughout the second half until Air Force used a 13-3 run to cut the lead to seven, 71-64, with 2:54 to play in the game, but couldn’t get any closer.
AIR FORCE AT MSG
Air Force will be returning to Madison Square Garden for the first time since playing in the 2007 National Invitational Tournament Final Four. The Falcons defeated Austin Peay, Georgia and DePaul to advance. Air Force fell to Clemson, 68-67, in the semifinals at MSG.
BACK IN ACTION
Air Force returns to action for the first time since playing at UC Riverside Dec. 8. The UCR game capped a stretch of playing four games in seven days starting Dec. 2 at Denver, vs. Western State Dec. 4 and Abilene Christian Dec. 6 at home and finishing the stretch at UC-Riverside Dec. 8.
LAST TIME OUT
Dikymbe Martin scored 22 points to lead UC Riverside past Air Force, 67-48, Dec. 8 in a non-conference men’s basketball game at the SRC Arena in Riverside, Calif.
After falling behind 9-0 to start the game, the Falcons battled back to take a 20-18 lead with 8:27 to play in the first half. The teams exchanged scores until UC Riverside broke a 26-26 tie with an 8-0 run over the last 5:15 of the half and take a 34-26 halftime lead. The Highlanders opened the second half with a 10-2 spurt to take a 44-28 lead with 13:54 to play. The run capped an 18-2 advantage over an 11:21 period that pretty much summed up the night for Air Force. UC Riverside went on to lead by as many as 21 points and the Falcons were never able to get closer than 15 points, 62-47, with 3:09 to play.
UC Riverside hit 53.2 percent from the field, including a 65.2 mark in the first half, and out-rebounded Air Force, 37-30. Air Force hit just 30.4 percent from the field, the second-lowest mark of the season. The Falcons were just 18.5 percent from three on 5-27 shooting. Air Force, who entered the game second in the conference in free throw shooting at 76.3 percent, hit just 52.9 percent from the line.
Chance Murray added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists for UC Riverside, while Kijkstra Menno chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds to help the Highlanders snap a four-game losing streak.
Air Force was led by Ryan Swan, who had a career-best 16 points and three rebounds in his first-career start. He started for an injured Frank Toohey, who didn’t make the trip. Trevor Lyons added 14 points and five rebounds while Ryan Manning added seven points and a team-best seven rebounds.
- Air Force starters for the game: Trevor Lyons (G), Sid Tomes (G), Ryan Manning (F), Lavelle Scottie (F) and Ryan Swan (C). The lineup started for the first time together this season and is the fifth used by Air Force in 10 games.
- Air Force’s 48 points is a season low. The previous was 57 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 20.
- Air Force’s 30.4 percent shooting is the second-lowest output of the season. Air Force hit 30 percent vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
- Senior Frank Toohey missed the game due to injury. He had started the previous nine games this season. Toohey had a streak of 46 consecutive starts snapped with the DNP.
- Sophomore Ryan Swan started for the first time in his career. He finished with a career-high 16 points. Swan’s previous scoring high was nine points earlier this season vs. Canisius. Swan scored in double figures and led the team in scoring for the first time in his career. He entered the game with averages of 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds his last two games.
- Sophomore Jonathan DeWane recorded a career-high five points.
- Sophomore Lavelle Scottie recorded a career-best four assists. He previous high was three vs. Western State earlier this season.
- Senior Trevor Lyons scored 14 points to move into 40th place on the Air Force career scoring list with 866 points. He moved past Tyron Wright (1998-00), who scored 859 points, and is tied with Sam Peshut (1963-66). Lyons matched his career high with three 3-pointers. He also had three vs. San Jose State Jan. 2, 2016.
- Freshman Ameka Akaya played the first game of his career. He finished with two minutes played.
- 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.