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Postgame: Air Force loses in OT in last 37 sec's-GREAT GAME

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Posted: 1/11/2013 8:19 AM

Postgame: Air Force loses in OT in last 37 sec's-GREAT GAME 


Pregame: Air Force (9-4) versus #19/#24 UNLV (13-3 Ranking prior to loss to #25 NM)

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As we dissect and focus on Air Force’s opening win versus Nevada on the start of MWC conference play Wednesday night, equally big and bigger games loom on the horizon. Air Force travels to the fabled Thomas&Mack Center in Las Vegas to face UNLV and the Running Rebels then continue on the road up I-25 to face the CSU Rams. Both teams have shown themselves to be big and athletic and have played high RPI schedules out-of-conference and come in as favorites to do well in the MWC and head to the NCAA’s. Air Force on the other hand, is a team that continues to get little respect in publications and on fan forums (which are nothing but opinions) starting the season ranked at the bottom of the MWC and many making comments such as “Nevada lost their opener at Air Force” versus giving the Falcons credit for “The play of Air Force beat Nevada”. It’s all semantics but it may play in the minds of players and teams alike as the season continues.


Air Force versus UNLV is set up as a trap game for both teams but more so for the Rebels. Air Force comes into this game as decided underdogs as they will in most all games in conference play, at least early in the season. No expectations for the Falcons except to go out and play their best. The trap for Air Force is that UNLV is coming off a loss to NM at the Pit in their opening game, plays Air Force in their only home game in a four game stretch and probably losing their national ranking prior to this game. But UNLV faces some demons for themselves as they head in to this game on Saturday. “It’s Air Force” that is coming to Vegas and has been marked as a ‘W’ in the win/loss column as a sure win since the schedule was released. After a loss to NM I do not think that Coach Rice will let his players overlook the Falcons, but the players see the name Air Force as a win and then see their next game at #16 SDSU then at 12-2 Colorado State. Could UNLV overlook the Falcons? Can Air Force play tough at the Thomas&Mack? I believe ‘yes and yes’ could be the answer.

Each season we can pick two or three teams that should dominate Air Force when comparing teams on paper. This year is no exception but with the addition that it is more likely that almost all teams in the MWC can top us in physical qualities when comparing players. UNLV fits that mold is so many ways with the returners they have and the recruiting class they have this year. Coach Rice has built himself a team on paper that is the envy of many in the nation, now it is upon him, his staff and the players to put it together on the hardwood.

While UNLV has three returning seniors and junior Moser who skipped the draft and returned for this season, they only started one senior in their loss at NM. Moser, who has been hampered by his wrist injury, played in his first game off the bench for only 14 minutes and 3 points and is obviously still working on recovery and team play. Tough break for the young man who was most likely a sure fire NBA draft selection last spring (projected second round). It will be interesting to see if he continues to get minutes versus Air Force to prep for the big meeting with SDSU or if he will continue to just play a backup role. Senior Anthony Marshall (6’3’/200#/G) is averaging 10ppg but is controlling the offense with 5 assists per game. He drives and he shoots the three ball at 42%. Senior Justin Hawkins (6’3’/190#/G) gives energy, 7ppg in 24mpg and shoot the three at 36%.

The two players Air Force must be largely concerned with are true freshman and top 10 recruit Anthony Bennett and sophomore transfer Khem Birch. Bennett (6’8’/240#/F) plays inside and out with 19.4ppg, 9 rpg and who shoots the three 39% (19-48) for the season. Birch, still rough after time off not playing last semester, brings size and length 10ppg in 23mpg and 6.7rpg. This is the test for Air Force. Take this team and match them up man for man with #9 Florida and you see a very similar team. It was the Florida big men that physically ran down Air Force in the final 16 minutes of their matchup. Many forget how well the Falcons played in that game finding themselves only down by 1 at that 16 minutes remaining mark. Florida made a concerted effort to go inside big and hard and actually did that on both ends of the court, trying to deny the Falcons the lane on defense and using their two bigs in and near the rim. I expect the same thought process with UNLV. Comparing UNLV with Florida you will see two similar teams in makeup and players, but a more organized offensive flow and system with the Gators. This can be both good and bad. With an organized team you know what to expect now you must practice and do exactly that to stop them. But with a team less organized (in this case suggesting UNLV) you may not get the offensive efficiency but you get the ‘chaos effect’ of not knowing what to expect. UNLV has the tendency to be more free flowing with their offense with the go ahead to do whatever needs to be done and maybe not within the system. Third newcomer on their team is highly recruited true freshman guard Katin Reinhardt (6’5’/210#) who gives 10ppg in 28mpg, almost 3 apg and 34% from the arc. Backup Thomas (6’8’/245#/Sr) and Lopez-Sosa (6’11’/220#/Jr) give them excellent bigs as backups off the bench.


A statistical look at the teams:

AF FG 48.4% 3pt 40.1% FT 68.0% Reb 31 (8.2 off) Assts 16 TPG 11 SPG 8

UNLV FG 45.2% 3pt 35.0% FT 71.2% Reb 42 (13.3off) Assts 18 TPG 15 SPG

Numbers that jump out for UNLV is their obvious rebounding edge overall and on the offensive glass. In addition, as an uptempo team they will dish on the fast break and/or go inside and share well with 18 assists per game. They do turn it over due to their intensity but make that up with the rebounding. UNLV will push and press Air Force the entire game. I expect a similar press we saw from Florida and Nevada using full court pressure. It will be interesting to see the half-court defense they will use, generally an aggressive man-to-man versus the Air Force offense. Their offense will follow their name. They will attempt to create an uptempo flow throughout the game in transition. Then I expect them to try to force themselves into the lane and use their bigs against the much smaller AF team.

Key’s for Air Force to win this game:

1) Biggest is to just play Air Force ball as a team. Do not let UNLV dictate the tempo or the style of play. Air Force has successfully handled the press and must get to the half court and then get into the offense. And the big part of this key is to ‘run’ the offense, not just go through the motion.

2) A picture is worth a thousand words and we saw it in the Nevada game. We must run the offense and must take it into the lane no matter how big and strong UNLV is. First half of that game the Falcons were not aggressive and did not strive to go inside. The second half, even against a bigger and stronger team, they ran the offense both against the zone and man defense going to the lane in cuts with screens, got the ball with shots to the rim or an excellent kickout for the three point shot resulting in the excellent three point shooting percentage in the final statistics.

3) Must negate the rebounding edge that UNLV will most likely have. Use that position and block out to the best of their ability. They do not have to win the board battle but must keep it to manageable numbers, especially offensive rebounds for the Rebels.

4) Keep getting at least two Falcons who get into the comfortable position of successfully shooting both inside the lane or outside the arc. It may be Mike Lyons with his average, it might be Fitz getting another career high 30pts as last night, it might be Todd directing the offense and finding ways to score. And find those points off the bench. Getting more and more important each game.

5) Get the shots, get the foul and make the FT’s.

This is the first of many big games for the Falcons. All eyes are on UNLV to win and move on to #16 San Diego State. Air Force must just play Falcon basketball knowing there is no pressure on them other to play as a team and do their best. Time to surprise the MWC.

Upcoming MWC Play 1/12/2013

Air Force (9-4) at #24 UNLV (13-3) 8pm MDT
Fresno St (6-8) at #25 NM (14-2) 1pm MDT
CSU (13-2) at #16 SDSU (13-2) 6pm MDT
Wyoming (13-1) at Nevada (9-6) 4pm MDT

GO FALCONS, BEAT UNLV

Matchup Edge

AIRFCEdge in:UNLV
Points/Game
Field Goal %
Free Throw %
Defense
Rebounding
Turnovers
Bench


  1. Statistics

*Overall | In-Depth

Off

For

FG%

3P%

FT%

Reb

AIRFC
UNLV

71.9
76.7

47.7
44.7

40.3
34.4

69.3
71.6

26.9
37.5

Def

Aga

FG%

3P%

FT%

Reb

AIRFC
UNLV

68.3
64.8

46.4
38.0

35.7
29.3

71.1
69.0

29.2
30.0

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*Home/Away | In-Depth

Off

For

FG%

3P%

FT%

Reb

AIRFC
UNLV

70.0
81.2

45.1
46.2

39.6
33.8

73.5
75.3

23.2
39.2

Def

Aga

FG%

3P%

FT%

Reb

AIRFC
UNLV

75.8
63.3

51.0
35.0

50.0
27.8

73.8
75.9

32.5
28.7

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*Last 5 | In-Depth

Off

For

FG%

3P%

FT%

Reb

AIRFC
UNLV

66.6
76.0

43.8
47.9

38.0
37.4

75.7
69.2

27.6
36.2

Def

Aga

FG%

3P%

FT%

Reb

AIRFC
UNLV

67.2
66.6

46.2
39.7

40.2
33.7

72.8
64.2

27.8
28.6

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Air Force Game Statistics

Player

gp

min

ppg

rpg

apg

spg

bpg

tpg

fg%

ft%

3p%

michael lyons

13

32.5

18.3

4.8

2.5

1.1

0.2

1.8

.444

.697

.355

taylor broekhuis

13

27.3

10.5

4.2

1.5

0.8

1.3

1.5

.584

.634

.583

todd fletcher

13

30.0

9.9

2.4

4.1

1.5

0.0

1.2

.556

.600

.523

mike fitzgerald

13

26.7

8.8

3.9

1.5

1.1

0.2

1.1

.513

.786

.375

kyle green

13

18.6

6.6

1.7

1.1

0.8

0.0

0.9

.369

.815

.356

cameron michael

11

10.8

4.6

1.5

1.1

0.2

0.0

0.5

.559

.833

.381

justin hammonds

3

10.0

4.3

2.0

0.3

1.0

0.3

0.7

.429

.778

.000

max yon

12

11.6

4.1

1.4

0.7

0.3

0.0

0.9

.513

1.000

.467

tre' coggins

13

12.0

3.5

1.5

0.8

0.9

0.0

1.1

.429

.692

.316

delovell earls

13

11.5

3.2

2.8

1.2

0.8

0.0

1.1

.469

.455

.250

marek olesinski

12

8.4

2.3

1.8

0.3

0.1

0.1

0.5

.379

.000

.417

kamryn williams

12

7.2

1.8

2.0

0.7

0.4

0.2

0.5

.375

.600

1.000

ethan michael

7

4.6

1.4

1.3

1.0

0.3

0.0

0.6

.500

.500

.000

chase kammerer

7

3.6

1.3

0.4

0.3

0.0

0.0

0.0

.429

.500

.000

zach moer

4

1.5

1.3

0.5

0.0

0.0

0.3

0.0

1.000

.000

1.000

totals

13

--

75

31

16

8

2

11

.484

.677

.401

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unlv game statistics

player

gp

min

ppg

rpg

apg

spg

bpg

tpg

fg%

ft%

3p%

anthony bennett

16

28.4

19.4

8.9

1.2

0.8

1.4

1.6

.558

.755

.396

katin reinhardt

16

28.7

10.0

2.2

2.9

1.3

0.3

1.7

.367

.889

.342

anthony marshall

16

31.6

9.6

3.8

5.6

1.4

0.4

2.9

.464

.680

.429

khem birch

7

22.9

9.6

6.7

1.0

0.9

1.9

2.3

.595

.676

.000

bryce dejean-jones

16

23.8

9.2

4.1

2.6

0.9

0.1

2.8

.386

.757

.333

mike moser

9

23.8

9.1

6.8

2.0

0.8

0.8

2.0

.384

.913

.238

justin hawkins

16

24.5

7.3

3.5

1.9

1.8

0.7

1.2

.390

.567

.362

savon goodman

15

11.0

4.7

3.0

0.5

0.5

0.3

1.0

.475

.556

.000

quintrell thomas

16

14.5

4.4

4.4

0.5

0.5

0.4

0.8

.491

.704

.000

carlos lopez-sosa

16

11.5

3.1

1.4

0.9

0.5

0.5

0.9

.514

.556

.286

daquan cook

8

5.0

1.0

0.5

0.6

0.4

0.0

0.4

.600

.333

.000

barry cheaney

9

1.4

0.6

0.2

0.1

0.1

0.0

0.0

.250

.500

.000

totals

16

--

78

42

18

9

5

15

.452

.712

.350

 

11 jan 2013 New: AF Preview versus #19/#24 UNLV and around the MWC

Rick's Falcon Review: Air Force vs #19/#24 UNLV
Matchup Stats: Air Force versus #24 UNLV
StatSheet.com Matchup Stats Air Force vs #24 UNLV
Air Force Roster, Statistics, more
UNLV Roster, Statistics, more
5 Keys for UNLV to bounce back vs Air Force (very good UNLV perspective**)
Blog: UNLV fails to capitalize on opportunities and fall in MWC opener
Tale of UNLV's opening game loss can't be counted by one number
UNLV's loss to NM may not be that surprising
New Mexico knocks off UNLV in Mountain West Conference opener for both teams
New Mexico fan pushes UNLV player and things get tense (VIDEO)
Ness fills void in Boise State's defense
Boise State Basketball: Shorthanded Broncos Still Deliver in Win over Wyoming
Recap: Wyoming vs. Boise State
Colorado State basketball taking advantage of day off
No. 16 San Diego St. 65, Fresno St. 62
Wyoming men's basketball team moves on after 13-game winning streak ends
Boise State women win thriller over Wyoming
Women's basketball : Fresno State upsets San Diego State in Mountain West ...

GO FALCONS

Last edited 1/12/2013 10:27 PM by ltcpilot

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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:37 AM

Gameday: Air Force (9-4) versus #19/#24 UNLV- BEAT UNLV 


Get fred up Falcon Fans…tough game, tough venue.  When our Falcons ‘show up’ tonight in Vegas we will shock many!  Air Force Beat Army in Hockey last night with game two today on National TV 1600MST on CSBSports-BEAT ARMY   Denver  Broncos  vs Baltimore today at 1430MST-GO BRONCOS

 

News update for Air Force vs UNLV

 

Good article on Mike Lyons and the team  Lyons doesn't need to score to be a factor for Air Force

 

Air Force (9-4) at (24) UNLV (13-3) (ET)

 

From Vegas

Rice to Rebels: grab lunchpail

Setting an intense tone on defense is what Justin Hawkins does best. Two days after UNLV was tripped up on the road again, the senior guard took a defensive stance when confronted with questions about his team's... 4 comments | 2:04 a.m.

 

BEAT UNLV

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Posted: 1/12/2013 10:31 PM

Re: Postgame: Air Force loses in OT in last 37 sec's-GREAT GAME 


Don't know where everyone is but if you didn't watch or listen you missed a great game.  Falcons gave it there all in Vegas....leading or tied for the last 4:30 of regulation with UNLV scoring last to tie in regulation.  AF missed a shot at the buzzer to win but miss and go to OT.   UNLV and AF trade ties back and forth in OT but UNLV wins out.  More to come....sad loss, no moral victories but this team can play.

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Posted: 1/12/2013 10:41 PM

Re: Postgame: Air Force loses in OT in last 37 sec's-GREAT GAME 


Air Force Falcons STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS

Mike Fitzgerald, F

36

5-10

3-5

9-10

1

4

1

0

0

0

4

22

DeLovell Earls, F

19

4-7

2-2

0-0

1

4

0

1

0

2

4

10

Taylor Broekhuis, C

28

2-7

0-0

0-1

0

1

0

2

1

0

4

4

Todd Fletcher, G

30

2-7

0-2

0-0

0

4

8

1

0

2

5

4

Michael Lyons, G

43

7-20

2-8

3-4

2

7

1

1

0

1

1

19

BENCH

MIN

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

Kyle Green, G

26

2-5

2-4

2-2

0

2

1

1

1

1

1

8

Chase Kammerer, F

4

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

Marek Olesinski, F

12

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Justin Hammonds, F

5

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

Max Yon, G

7

1-2

0-1

0-0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

2

Tre' Coggins, G

15

0-1

0-0

2-2

0

2

2

0

0

2

0

2

TOTALS

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

23-60

9-22

16-19

4

26

16

6

2

9

22

71

38.3%

40.9%

84.2%

 

 

UNLV Rebels STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS

Mike Moser, F

40

6-16

0-4

2-7

2

11

2

1

1

4

3

14

Khem Birch, F

21

1-2

0-0

2-2

2

7

1

0

3

0

0

4

Anthony Marshall, G

43

0-1

0-1

0-0

0

3

12

0

0

2

3

0

A Bennett

29

9-14

2-3

2-8

9

16

0

0

0

3

3

22

Katin Reinhardt, G

29

3-11

2-8

0-0

0

1

2

0

1

1

0

8

BENCH

MIN

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

Justin Hawkins, G

28

1-4

1-4

3-3

1

1

5

0

0

1

1

6

Carlos Lopez-Sosa, F

11

0-0

0-0

4-5

0

2

0

2

2

1

3

4

Daquan Cook, G

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

B Dejean-Jones

22

6-12

1-5

5-6

1

3

1

1

0

1

2

18

TOTALS

FGM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

OREB

REB

AST

STL

BLK

TO

PF

PTS

26-60

6-25

18-31

15

44

23

4

7

13

15

76

43.3%

24.0%

58.1%

 

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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:31 PM

Re: Postgame: Air Force loses in OT in last 37 sec's-GREAT GAME 


Tune in Radio from Narita........YES SIRRRRRR......FALCONS ARE FOR REAL...WE WILL WIN THESE CLOSE GAMES IN THE REST OF CONFERENCE.......I'll bite here. Via skype, I learned that there were some crucial calls, that were let's say..........questionable.......never want to leave it up to the officals.GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!......(I would not want to be a bronco on Wednesday)
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Posted: 1/12/2013 11:33 PM

RE: Postgame: Air Force loses in OT in last 37 sec's-GREAT GAME 


Wouldn't want to come to clune on Wednesday from Fort Collins on Wednesday either!........BEAT CSU!!!!
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RE: Postgame: Air Force loses in OT in last 37 sec's-GREAT GAME 


AAHeavy....good to hear from you. More tomorrow on game but two points...

1. Yes questionable calls but we still had our chance, game was in our hands to finish and they gave 100%

2. Game is at CSU. CSU lost on road to SDSU in OT also but still had...ready...50+ Rebs in the loss..ouch

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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:54 AM

RE: Postgame: Air Force loses in OT in last 37 sec's-GREAT GAME 


I feel sorry for the Falcons. Another great effort that wasn’t rewarded with a “W”. They battled on both ends of the floor and got themselves in a position to win at the buzzer, but like the Colorado and UNLV game last year, and the Wichita State game this year, the Falcons couldn’t get the basket they needed to turn a hard fought “L” into a signature “W”.

How much heart do we expect these guys to have? They worked hard in practice after the Nevada game to prep for a road game against a Top 25 team in one of the toughest venues in the US. They came back numerous times to go ahead in the last four minutes of regulation.

But what seems to happen every time against a big time opponent, they don’t get the break they needed. Last night, Bennett from UNLV clangs two free throws, but the Falcons can’t get the rebound and give up a second chance bucket to tie the game. Then Fitz can’t get the shot to go at the buzzer and the game goes into OT. Mike Lyons has a chance to put the Falcons up by two late in OT, but misses the second, allowing the Rebs to get the go ahead basket with 12 seconds to go. Then Mike gets a shot to win the game in OT, and it doesn’t go.

Well, that sets up another gut check for Wednesday night’s game at Fort Fun. Can DP and the staff get the guys motivated to expend the same kind of effort as last night three days from now? Can the Falcons put another heart breaking loss behind them? I really don’t know, and I’m guessing the Coaching Staff and the Falcons don’t know either.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 9:42 AM

RE: Postgame: Air Force loses in OT in last 37 sec's-GREAT GAME 


Tears, frustration and knowledge that they played a very good game in a hostile environment but walked away with a 'L' in the loss column were all in the hearts of the Falcons as they walked off the court in the Thomas&Mack Center in Las Vegas. Air Force, a 15-point underdog to the home team UNLV Rebels, almost shocked the MWC and the nation but could not lock the screen door to end the game.

This Air Force team is not the same team from the last 4 years. It begins with the attitude on the team and the emphasis from the top and Coach Pilipovich down to the players on the far end of the bench. This team is not staying the same from one game to the next, it is growing and learning not only about basketball but about teamwork and perseverance. Criedit Coach P and his staff for what they are instilling into this team and to future officers in our U.S. Air Force. Also credit them for the out-of-conference schedule that included #7 Florida, #23 Wichita State, (once #23) Colorado and Richmond. While not wins on the schedule, games Air Force played and competed in to help get them ready for MWC play and it is showing that it indeed has helped our team.



Air Force vs UNLV was a game that the Falcons came into knowing they needed their 'A' game to be able to compete in. UNLV has two players that are most likely NBA draft choices this spring with Bennett being a 'one and done' and Moser going into the draft after deciding to stay one more year. A very good plan by the staff on how to defend UNLV. AF elected to stay in their matchup zone the majority of the game, playing tough inside knowing the UNLV bigs will try to live in the lane and to force UNLV to win from the outside. Not only did it reap benefits, it wore down the big men especially freshman Anthony Bennett. The future NBA player indeed did have an impact with 22 points and 16 rebounds but by the end of the game was gasping for breath and even fouled one just holding on to a Falcon, just tuckered out. Joe Scott once said that one man cannot defeat a team and last night the Falcons almost made that a truth. As Bennett faultered or went out of the game the Falcon held UNLV scoreless for almost 7 minutes in the second half. Pesky defense almost won this game. Kudos to UNLV for never quitting even as the Falcons were battling for the win.



Air Force on both ends of the court competed. Several of the bigger numbers to pick up on are the low turnovers by AF (only 9) as they took care of the ball. FT's for the 2nd game at 84%, very nice. While we got beat on the boards we did not just give them the ball still getting 32 and 8 offensive rebounds. I believe UNLV got away with many over the backs and shoves but that is just the way it goes when you are the smaller team. The numbers to look at:



Air ForceFG 38.3% 3pt 41.0% FT 84.2% Reb 32 (8 off) PF 22 Ast 16 TO 9 Stl 6 Blk 2

UNLV FG 43.3% 3pt 24.0% FT 58.1% Reb 49 (17off) PF 15 Ast 23 TO 13 Stl 4 Blk 7



In Off 2nd Fast

Paint TO Chance Brk Bench

Air Force 26 13 5 7 12

UNLV 22 14 12 11 28



Player of the game award goes to the Air Force defense. No, it was not perfect as no team or game ever is. But the defense and their effort is what almost won this game. Toughest assignment at the end of regulation and OT was coming off the double team and defending the 15 foot shot. AF just could not get there and the game winning 15' shot by DeJean-Jones went in. None-the-less the effort and the plan was there.



Individuals who excelled were many.



I will start with Taylor Broekhuis who indeed is the player of the game. Both he and Justin Hammonds fought the flu. Justin did not come to Vegas until the morning of the game and Taylor spent the morning of the game in the hospital getting hydrated with IV's. Yes, he was that under the weather. But this young many showed effort and courage especially on the defensive end in 28 minutes of playing time. This is not about stats, it was about effort and the 'blow by blow' banging he did versus Bennet, Birch, Moser and the UNLV bigs. I believe a combination of this effort and his illness affected his shooting where he had excellent moves to the rim but could not get it to fall. We should all be proud of him.



Game leaders were Mike and Mike. Fitz had his second scoring game in a row and was the official POG with 22pts on 5-10/3-5 3pt, 4 rebounds, 1 asst in 36 minutes. His play on both ends of the court to including taking several hard charges was exceptional. Mike Lyons played like a man pocessed with 19pts on 7-20/2-8 3pt 7 rebounds and 1 assist in 43 (YES) minutes. I hope he is rested back up for the CSU game. Both had game winning shots that rimmed out, Fitz in the end of regualtion and Mike at the end of OT. DeLovell Earls had one of his best games as a Falcon with two early 3's and 10 pts 4-7/2-2, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Todd Fletcher was in foul trouble for most of the game but contibuted 8 assists in only 30 minutes of play. I thought the play of young Tre' Coggins gets better each week. In subsitution for Todd he played 15 minutes of aggressive defense and had 2 assists and 2 TO'.



Proud of the Falcons. Does not get any easier. Next up we head up the road to Ft Collins to play 13-3 CSU who also lost in OT yesterday on the road to SDSU 72-79. How about this for numbers and points to ponder: Down 18pts at the half, CSU outscored SDSU 40-22 in the second half to take it into OT. They out rebounded SDSU in the loss (ready?) 51-34. This will be a battle as the Falcons head up north on I-25 to play the Rams.



Shout out to the Air Force Women's basketball team who beat UNLV at Clune Arena yesterday 81-69 in the home opener for the Lady's. The full summary and box score can be found at the offical AF website: Box Score USAFA, Colo. - Three Falcons recorded double-doubles as the Air Force women's basketball team earned an 81-69 victory over UNLV Saturday afternoon in Clune Arena.....



Around the MWC:

AF 71 UNLV 76

CSU 72 SDSU 79

Wyo 59 Nevada 48

FSU 45 NM 72



For all the numbers of AF vs UNLV


13 Jan 2013 New: AF Loses in OT to #19/#24 UNLV, AF Lady's win over UNLV and around the MWC

Rick's Falcon Review: Postgame Review Air Force loses to #19/#24 UNLV 71-76
Falcons make a statement in OT loss to UNLV
Postgame Stats: AF 71-UNLV 76
Rebels fit into different roles to beat AF in OT
UNLV: Instant Analysis-A win is a win but this was an 'ugly' game
Rebel DeJean-Jones plays hero in OT
UNLV downs AF in OT thriller
Nothing in the MWC is going to be easy
UNLV Moser persevering thru pain to keep UNLV winning
Recap: San Diego St vs. Colorado State
SDSU's Tapley OT performance too much for CSU
Instant analysis: SDSU over CSU in OT
Sick Tapley bails out SDSU in OT
Alex Kirk leads No. 25 New Mexico over Fresno St
Recap: New Mexico vs. Fresno State
Men's basketball : Fresno State loses at No. 25 New Mexico
Big dunks helped Wyoming men's basketball team finish off Nevada in Reno
Nevada basketball: Pack struggles in third straight loss
Recap: Nevada vs. Wyoming
Falcons Lady's beat UNLV at home for conference opener win
Falcons second win of the year come at the expense of the Lady Rebels
Women's basketball : Fresno State off to 2-0 start in Mountain West
Cowgirl Basketball Dominates In 92-41 Victory Over Nevada

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Posted: 1/13/2013 1:27 PM

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Oh. My. Pacing in my living room, I willed those shots to fall. Wanted to boost their efforts with cheers from far away. But they almost needed no help. Amazing effort. Very proud. As Coach P said.....the takeaway is that they really can play with anyone! So easy to be their fan. Will be pacing again on Wed night. Gooooooooo Blue!
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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:35 PM

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The Falcons had every oppty to because they earned it in a well played zone defense. Now lets look at why the falcons are so miserably weak in the paint on both ends and the Falcons will be a team to reacon with again. In the four years of T. Broekhuis play the player development has been AWOL on his play. The Falcons have not recruited Low post players and as long as Falcon BB is weak on the inside game in the MWC, they will continue to struggle. I point the attention to the missed opptys by T.B. inside whether he undershoots or overshoots the rim on a three foot lay-up, this young man is no more a post player than he was when he first signed onto AF BB. Four years to teach a 6'10" low post to play this game and here the Falcons are in year four and he still does not know how to face his opponent and make a move to the basket. Please someone with BB knowledge explain why this is after four consecutrive years of play? T.B. plays scared on both ends of the court and if he ios this afraid to extend his arms in play, why have him on the floor when all others are giving 100%, and T.B. continues to simply just get by with mediocre to poor skills each an every outing. This is the problem with the staff at Falcon BB...they simply cannot develop players in this Athlete.

(Enough said)...I have watched the last 3.5 years, with or without flu sympton the inside game for our Falcons have been non existent.  Of course there have been some highlights (one or two per season) but it has not been a consistent effort. 

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:57 PM

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Zach Moer, freshman, will fill that role ala Sammy Shafer, Eric Kensik or Keith Marin.  Needs to mature on the defensive end at practice but will be a force in my estimation given time to mature.

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Zach Moer, freshman, will fill that role ala Sammy Shafer, Eric Kensik or Keith Marin.  Needs to mature on the defensive end at practice but will be a force in my estimation given time to mature.

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