Air Force MBB opens MW play at New Mexico
Dec. 26, 2017

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THE GAME

Air Force opens Mountain West play at New Mexico Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. in Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M.    

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television: AT&T RM (Conor McGahey, Joe Cravens)

Radio:........ KVOR AM 740 (Jim Arthur)

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Quick Facts         Air Force                                             New Mexico

Record:............ 6-6                                                         5-8

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

Streak:............. W 1                                                        W 2

Last Game:....... vs. JWU (12/22)                                Prairie View (12/22)

Result:............. W 111-68                                             W 87-78

Next Game:..... at Fresno State (12/30)                 at Nevada (12/30)

Conference:..... Mountain West                                Mountain West

Nickname:....... Falcons                                                 Lobos

Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO                     Albuquerque, NM

Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com                GoLobos.com

 

THE COACHES

Category              Air Force                                             New Mexico

Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich  Paul Weir

Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986                          York, 2004

School Record.. 78-100 (6th season)                        5-8 (1st season)

Career Record.. Same                                                    33-14 (2nd season)

 

THE SERIES

Overall.................................... New Mexico leads 58-22

First Meeting........................... Dec. 7, 1957 at New Mexico (New Mexico W 68-50)

Last Meeting........................... Feb. 8, 2017 at Air Force (New Mexico W 74-67)

Streaks.................................... New Mexico W 1

 

THE SERIES

Air Force and New Mexico are meeting for the 81st time overall. The Lobos hold a 58-22 overall lead in the series. New Mexico is 34-4 at home, 21-16 at the Academy and 3-2 in neutral site games.

Air Force has won three of the last five in the series. New Mexico won last year’s lone meeting, 74-67, at the Academy.

Air Force has lost nine straight at New Mexico dating back to a 60-51 win Feb. 10, 2007.

The teams first played Dec. 7, 1957 in Albuquerque. The Falcons won the game, 68-50.

(For a listing of each game in the series history turn to page 4)

 

SEASON VS. UNM

(Feb. 8, 2017) Sam Logwood scored 17 points and New Mexico beat Air Force 74-67 at the Academy.

Neither team led by more than six after six lead changes until Aher Uguak’s 3-point play on the heels of Dane Kuiper’s back-to-back 3-pointers put the Lobos up 60-53 with 9:44 left to play. Frank Toohey hit a layup and Air Force closed to 65-63, then Hayden Graham tied it with a layup with 2:06 left.

Jordan Hunter made one of two from the line for a 68-67 New Mexico lead, then he and Elijah Brown combined for six free throws in the final 20 seconds. The Falcons missed six shots in the final 1:47. New Mexico didn’t have a basket after the 7:10 mark, getting its last 12 points from the foul line on 14 attempts.

Elijah Brown scored 13 points with four assists and Dane Kuiper hit 4 of 5 3-pointers for the Lobos. Graham led the Falcons with 17 points.

 

LAST TIME AT UNM

(Jan. 27, 2016) Elijah Brown scored 17 points to lead four Lobos in double figures as New Mexico beat Air Force, 84-55, Wednesday night in a Mountain West game in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Lobos used a 22-2 run midway through the second half to run away from Air Force. The Falcons, who trailed 45-30 at halftime, cut the lead to nine points, 56-47, with 11:32 remaining before the New Mexico run. The Lobos finished the game hitting 63 percent from the field, the best against Air Force this season. New Mexico hit 52.9 percent from 3-point range and out-rebounded Air Force, 42-26.

Anthony Mathis came off the bench to add 16 points while Tim Williams had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos. Xavier Adams chipped in with 14 points.

Hayden Graham led Air Force with 14 points. Zach Moer chipped in with 12 points and a team-best five rebounds. The Falcons finished the game hitting just 27.6 percent from the field. Air Force hit a season-high 10 3-pointers, shooting 37.0 percent.

 

AIR FORCE IN CONFERENCE OPENERS

Air Force is 11-26 all-time in conference openers, including a 9-9 mark in the Mountain West. The Falcons are 8-8 at home and 3-18 on the road. Air Force is 6-4 at home and 3-5 on the road in MW openers. Head Coach Dave Pilipovich is 3-2 in MW openers.

Air Force has won five of its last seven Mountain Openers. The only losses in the span came at San Diego State, 53-49, in 2015 and last season at Wyoming, 84-72. The program’s last win on the road in a MW opener came at Boise State, 74-59, in 2012. The team has lost two straight on the road since that win.

Air Force is facing New Mexico in a MW opener for the first time. The Falcons have opened WAC play against New Mexico three times, all the losses in Albuquerque. 

 

Overall: 11-26 (8-8 home, 3-18 away)

WAC: 2-17 (2-4 home, 0-13 away)

MW: 9-9 (6-4 home, 3-5 away)

 

LAST TIME OUT

Air Force closed out the non-conference schedule with a record-setting performance in a 111-68 win over Johnson & Wales Dec. 22 in Clune Arena at the Academy.

Jonathan DeWane scored a career-high 22 points to lead four Falcons in double figures as the team took control early and never let up. Freshman Keaton Van Soelen added a career-best 12 points while senior Frank Toohey and sophomore Lavelle Scottie added 12 points each to lead the Falcons.

Air Force used a 24-2 run early in the first half to take a 34-11 lead with 8:46 left in the half. The Falcons never trailed by less than 20 points after that and build the lead to 62-28 at the half. The 62 points is the second-most in a first half in school history and most since scoring 64 vs. Doane in a 124-57 win Nov. 22, 1997.

Air Force’s 43-point victory margin is 13th largest in school history and most since beating Colorado College, 82-31, in Clune Arena Dec. 9, 2006. The team’s 111 points ties as the third-most in school history and is the most since beating Denver, 111-88, Feb. 16, 1999.

Air Force shot a season-high 61.4 percent from the field, including a 65.6 mark in the second half. The Falcons out-rebounded JWU, 46-21, and had a season-best 26 assists and just eight turnovers. All 20 players saw action in the game and 18 scored points.

Johnson & Wales was led by Jontrell Herman, who scored 19 points. Andrew Romero III added 16 and Bryson Sharpley 13. JWU hit 41.4 percent from the field and had 12 turnovers.


 

 

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