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Post game Air Force wins over New Orleans 90-48

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Posted: 1/22/2013 10:58 AM

Post game Air Force wins over New Orleans 90-48 


Preview: Air Force (10-6/2-2) versus University of New Orleans (5-12)


Air Force completed their second week of MWC conference play on an upward direction after a devastating loss in their previous game. The Falcons lost in Fort Collins to a CSU team on a roll. But Air Force rebounded for a convincing win over Boise State at Clune Arena behind a superb performance and a 37 point career night by Mike Lyons. On Wednesday Air Force had a bye date in their MWC schedule. Due to scheduling conflicts in December, the Falcons were unable to get one more out of conference game before MWC action it desired. The fix to that problem was scheduling their last out of conference game this week during their bye.
 
With a 7pm MST tip off, Air Force will face the Privateers of the University of New Orleans (5-12 Independent). UNO come to Colorado after a tight turn playing on Monday night at home in New Orleans. Not only a quick two days between games, but they played a grueling triple overtime game which they won over New Jersey Institute of Technology of the Great West 96-94. The short turn after the long game combined with the 7000' altitude may prove to be a challenge for UNO. The team does play 5-6 deep into their bench so that will benefit them in the game Wednesday night. While many teams look forward to their bye weeks (all MWC teams will have two, one in each half of their schedule), AF head coach Pilipovich felt the playing of a game this early in the schedule would hopefully keep off the rust in the bye week while holding to get younger players some game time off the bench. Air Force will take advantage of their second bye week later in the schedule to help freshen legs during the long season and further into the academic semester at the Academy.

A look at key statistics between The two teams:
 
AF FG 47.5% FT 70.6% 3Pt 39.3% Reb 31 Ast 16 TO 12 Stl 8 (note:FT 87% in MWC)
UNO FG 44.0% FT 64.2% 3Pt 28.2% Reb 34 Ast 14 TO 17 Stl 9

New Orleans plays an up and down the court style of play. Very aggressive on both ends of the court and they combine that with man to man pressure and full court press at times. As mentioned above, it will be interesting to see if and how the altitude will affect their play and if it will factor in the planning by their coach and staff. Air Force matches up well with them size wise. They have no height to contend with as their tallest player is only 6'8". However, their aggressive play into the basket is made with aggressive guard play and wide body at the forward/center position with fifth leading scorer junior Eddie Denard (6'5"/240#/6ppg/3.6rpg in 18mpg). Their biggest threat and leading scorer is senior forward Lovell Cook (6'6"/215#/15ppg/3rpg). He played 47 minutes in the triple OT win and scored 32 points on 12-22 FG and 7-11 FT (he's not a 3pt shooting at only 6 taken all year). Their top scoring is rounded out by guards Nelson (5'8"/180#/Sr/9ppg/3rpg/7apg), Corey Blake (6'5"/200#/Jr/8ppg/4rpg) and forwards Corey Dixon (6'7"/205#/Jr/7ppg/5rpg) and McPhearson (6'1"/195# G/Jr/6ppg and best 3pt shooter at 32%).

Stats that stand out for me: This is not a three point shooting team. Clune Arena seems to be a comfortable arena for many teams at the arc, but traditionally this team will not even look to use the three point shot so I do not expect them to change for this game (an example is the three OT game on Monday night they were 5-18 27.8% from the arc in 50 minutes of play). They are aggressive inside but their quick pace tend towards turnovers at 17 per game and may be something AF can exploit.

Key's to an Air Force win versus New Orleans:

1) Make this team work and tire them out. Although UNO plays a good 5 men deep off the bench, Air Force needs to make them work on both ends of the court, especially defending the Falcons on offense. Good early shots should be taken by the Falcons but if not 'THE Good' shot opportunity keep the ball moving and the Privateers defending.

2) Go to the basket, get these guys in foul trouble which translates into bench time which translates to tired players on the court limiting substitution options. This relates back directly back to point number one and is like the movie 'Fight Club'. The first rule of 'Fight Club is 'Do not talk about fight club', the second rule of 'Fight Club' is Do not talk about fight club"...for this game the first rule for the Falcons is to "Tire them out" and the second rule for the Falcons is to "Tire them out".

3) Pressure defense for 40 minutes of play. Refer back to the first rule for the Falcons.

4) Play hard early and bring that 'Nasty' to the court to get the lead and then to sit the starters on the bench. This does several things. Brings fresh legs to the court (rule number one). Rests starters for the 'next' game if possible. Give young guys more than just 4-7 minutes of playing time here or there. Then, in subsequent games, Coach P has even more confidence in the bench and he can use 'rule number one' in more games due to our depth. (note: Mike Lyons has been battling a very bad cold that really hit him the day of his 37point effort. The ability to sit him and rest him for most of the game would be tremendous for follow-on games for the Falcons (as well as Fitz, Todd and Taylor).

5) Time for the bigs to have a BIG day. Time for Taylor Broekhuis to excel but hopefully play minimum minutes. Would be good to see maximum points from all the bigs to include Taylor, Marek, Chase and get a good 5-10 minutes of playing time for young 6'10"/220# freshman Zach Moer.

This is the perfect setup for Air Force. Last Saturday to this Wednesday's tip off: A four day gap for Air Force versus a two day gap with travel for UNO. The setup continues as AF plays WEDNESDAY night but then has 2 days (Thursday and Friday) to prepare and practice then travel to Wyoming for the Saturday evening game. This is the perfect setup because next up Wyoming (15-2/2-2) goes on the road for a THURSDAY evening tip off in Las Vegas versus a hungry UNLV (15-4/2-2 and just fell out of top 25 after loss at CSU), then Friday travel home (by plane to Denver then bus to Laramie)/practice one day only for the Saturday evening tip off with the Falcons.

Time to pack the house at Clune Arena. Last game was an increase in attendance at Clune with 3000 plus fans and a good showing from Section 8 (and the football team). Need to do it again Wednesday night.

GO FALCONS

Last edited 1/23/2013 10:01 PM by ltcpilot

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Posted: 1/23/2013 10:03 PM

Re: Post game Air Force wins over New Orleans 90-48 


Good win with contributions across the bench. More in the morning....


AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Mike Fitzgerald scored 16 points and Todd Fletcher and Michael Lyons added 14 each to lead hot-shooting Air Force to a 90-48 victory against New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Kamryn Williams had 10 points for the Falcons (11-6), who made 36 of 56 (64.3 percent) of their attempts from the floor, including 10 of 18 (55.6 percent) from 3-point range. Air Force reached 90 points for a second straight game.
Rarlensee Nelson had 12 points and Lovell Cook 11 for the Privateers (5-13), who trailed 43-30 at the break and hit just five field goals (in 21 tries) in the seconds half.
Air Force enjoyed a 35-20 rebounding advantage and outscored New Orleans 38-12 in the paint.
For the game, the Privateers shot 36.2 percent (17 of 47) from the floor.
Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

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Posted: 1/24/2013 7:34 AM

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Fun to watch the younger players get into the game and make things happen. I thought the starters were pressing too much at the beginning causing some missed shots and unforced turnovers. However, they managed to start playing within themselves in the closing minutes of the first half securing a comfortable lead by halftime. One thing that seems to be a constant with this year's team versus previous years is the halftime adjustments and play in the second half. It's obvious the coaching staff knows exactly what to do to get the team playing better in the second half of games. Kudos to the coaching staff. Now it's on to Laramie to beat the Cowboys. GO FALCONS!

Last edited 1/24/2013 7:36 AM by falconfanatic1

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Posted: 1/24/2013 7:42 AM

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Worth noting that second half scoring was 47-20.  That's REALLY impressive against anyone.
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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:05 AM

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With all Air Force starters playing less than 22 minutes, with the exception of Mike Fitzgerald with 27 minutes, the scheduling of an out of conference game during their MWC bye weeks worked as planned. The Falcons routed the Privateers of New Orleans while keeping the rust off for our starters while giving them good rest for most of the game while letting the bench get playing time and points.

The early part of the game showed the Falcons trying and just playing too hard to put themselves in the lead, finding themselves making too many mistakes and simply missing shots. But after a deep breath or two (and credit to the UNO defense that worked hard until fatigue set in), the Falcons got back to running the offense, playing stingy defense and taking the lead.

Some numbers to be happy with in defeating a UNO team that was playing its third game in only five days:

AF FG 64.3% 3pt 55.6%. 10-18 FT 66.7%. Reb 34/11. Ast 27. Stl 11. TO 11 Bench 40pts 30 pts off TOs

UNO FG 36.0%. 3pt 25.0%. FT 60.0% Reb 20/9. Ast 10. Stl7. TO 15

Our senior starter trio led the way in reduced minutes with Mike Fitzgerald (16pts with FG/3pt/FT, 4-5/3-5/5-5/27mins), Todd Fletcher (14pts/5-8/3-5/1-2/21min) and Mike Lyons (14pts/7-11/18min). Excellent effort and minutes but well deserved rest on the bench which should help them in this next stretch in MWC play. The young guns came in and did their job. It was highlighted at the end of the half with a thundering rebound put back dunk by Kam Williams at the buzzer. A good game for Kam with 10pts on 5-7 shooting. Guard play of the future continued to be shown in Tre' Coggins with 9pts on 3-3/2-2/1-2 and a career high 8 assists. Justin Hammonds solid as he gets better each week with 9points. Everyone basically scored off the bench plus good rebounding.

Interesting to see a different style in some way. The Falcons played aggressive matchup and then zone defense plus three quarter court press for over half the game. The team really pushed the tempo in transition, attacked the basket but also settled and set up the offense if the transition shot was not there. First consecutive 90+ points games since the early 1990's.

Good 'must' win for Air Force and now it gets hard. Wyoming plays at UNLV tonight (Thursday) then the Falcons will meet them in Laramie for a 8pm MST tip off on Saturday. Around the MWC last night undefeated NM (now 4-0 MWC) beat CSU at the Pit, Boise St beat a pesky Fresno State time by hitting 26-26 free throws and SDSU won over Nevada.

Small crowd last night but a good showing of Section 8 cadets...always good to see.

Go Falcons, Beat Wyoming

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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:35 AM

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Great game last night by the Falcons, not because they beat an overmatched and tired New Orleans team by 42, but how they won it. After a slow start, the Falcons started holding on to the ball and built a 13 point half time lead. New Orleans made no run in the second half, and the game was statistically over when Kyle Green hit a three making the score 69-41 with 9:13 to go.

The starters got plenty of rest, which may be a key in their game against Wyoming Saturday night. Mike F. had 16 points in 26 minutes; Mike L. had 14 points in 18 minutes; Todd had 14 in 21 minutes, Taylor played 16 minutes and DeLovell played 14 minutes.

Wyoming has a tough game tonight in Vegas. They’ll return to Laramie on Friday (losing an hour on the way), practice Friday, and then go to the hotel. Maybe the quick turn to the Saturday game will give the well-rested Falcon team an advantage.

The Falcons also got great production from the bench with Kam Williams scoring 10 in 17 minutes (3 dunks, one of which was a monster after an offensive rebound and stuffing it home at the 1st half buzzer); Tre scoring 9 in 20 minutes, and Justin scoring 9 in 23 minutes. For those of us at Clune, it was fun watching next year’s Falcon basketball team on the floor for the second half.

Big game on Saturday night. A win at the “Double A” will be that statement game the seniors (and rest of the team) have been looking for this year. Can’t wait.

72 Eagle Driver

Last edited 1/24/2013 9:36 AM by 72EagleDriver

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Posted: 1/24/2013 4:42 PM

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Good words 72Eagle....surprised that there's no more talk on here except for you, Falconfanatic and I...oh well.  Will be watching the Wyoming at UNLV game with interest tonight. 

BTW, Boise State's Ellorriaga played for a while last night in their win ove Fresno State  but came out early and is now out 'again' for concussion symptoms.  Hope he's all right...."I'll never forget the sad saga of Sammy Shaffer".

BEAT WYOMING

GO FALCONS

Last edited 1/24/2013 4:43 PM by ltcpilot

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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:01 AM

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UNLV had a double digit lead for about the last 10 minutes, and Wyoming never made a run to cut that lead to single digits. All five Cowboy starters had 32+ minutes, with Washington and Nance logging 39 and 35 minutes each. Saturday’s game would be a great time for the Falcons to get off to a quick start, and make the Cowboys work on both ends of the floor for every basket, especially early.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:19 AM

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Somewhat surprised to see how easily UNLV handled Wyoming last night in the Rebels' "casino"'. Wyoming did not appear to have that leader (missing Martinez?) who could respond to the challenge resulting in some individual play versus team play during crunch time. I could be wrong but that's what seemed apparent to me as I watched the second half. Was it a good thing or a bad thing that the Cowboys lost before Saturday's encounter with our Flying Falcons. Don't know. However, I think our Falcons have an excellent opportunity to defeat the Cowboys as we have always played well in Laramie in the past. With a day off yesterday, I think our Falcons can confidently play the Cowboys tough and come away with Conference win #3. The recent two back-to-back 90 point wins certainly are great confidence builders. GO Falcons! Beat the Cowboys.
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