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Air Force wins over Fresno State 62-50 - Scroll down to postgame

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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:18 AM

Air Force wins over Fresno State 62-50 - Scroll down to postgame 


Preview: Air Force (12-6/3-2) versus Fresno State (7-12/1-5)

Air Force begins a two game home stand in Clune Arena facing MWC newcomer Fresno State Bulldogs and then hosting San Diego State on Saturday. While the Falcons have surprised many in this young MWC season, it has been a different surprise for Fresno State. As the Bulldogs entered MWC play they had high hopes for the season. Fresno State entered the MWC after last season in the WAC (13-19/3-11 WAC) scoring 66.3ppg overall (no conference only breakdown) and losing their 2nd and 6th leading scorers (and had no freshmen that had significant minutes last season) But while their record is 1-5 in the conference this year, they have proven to be a team that should not be taken lightly.


Straight up numbers between Air Force and Fresno State state shown two teams that are comparable in many areas:
AF. FG 48.3% FT 70.6% 3Pt 39.8% Reb 31 Ast 16 Stl 8 Blk 2 TO 12
AF averages 21 3pt/gm making 8.2

FSU. FG 39.9% FT 69.0% 3Pt 35.4% Reb 31 Ast 9 Stl 8 Blk 4 TO 13
FSU averages 16 3pt/gm making 6
Looking at both teams it appears Air Force shoots the ball more consistently than does Fresno State, especially from the arc. But in reviewing shooting and game scores the old phrase "looks can be deceiving" comes into play. In MWC action Fresno State's numbers are more consistent with 3pt at 36.4% and FT 71.2% (as compared to AF in conference at 39.3% 3pt and 83.5% FT), and their play shows variations in strengths game to game. They lost at Boise 67-74 after being tied with 1 minute to play even with shooting 10-17 threes (and player Huddleston going 5-6 from the arc). However in beating Wyoming at home 49-36 they shot (believe it or not) zero threes in the game. So it will be interesting to see which team and game plan show up in Clune Arena on Wednesday.

Fresno State will be team that does have several bigs that may challenge the Falcons. It has been teams with true 'big men' that have caused Air Force the most match up problems, as was evident with Wyoming's 6'8"/230# Washington. But Fresno State's true strengths are in their forwards and guards, not true center player. Their scoring is more of a team effort with seven players averaging between 5-12ppg. They are led in scoring by junior Tyler Johnson (6'2"/180#/12ppg/49%3pt 26-53/28mpg)but in any given game a quartet of other players may be the high scorer for the game (in a very similar team scoring effort as Air Force). This group includes Marvelle Harris (6'4"/200#/Fr G/9.5ppg/34.9%3pt 29-83/24mpg), Allen Huddleston (6'2"/185#/Jr G/8.4ppg/37.5%3pt 12-37/mpg), Kevin Foster (6'8"/230#/Sr F/8ppg/38.5% 3pt 10-26/6rpg/21mpg) and Kevin Olekaibe (6'2"/180#/Jr G/7.7ppg/23mpg. Rebounding help comes off the bench with Brown (6'7"/220#/5rpg) and wild card Robert Upshaw, a top recruited freshman for the Bulldogs (7'0"/250# big man/5ppg/5rpg/19mpg). While Upshaw is not a starter, with AF's history versus big men in the conference he might be called on to play a more major role in the game along with Foster.

This will be a big challenge for the Falcons. Facing a team that has the potential to score both inside and out and not be one dimensional. Air Force will have to split the task of defending the lane against the tall five position and the drive while contending with a team that 'can' get hot from three point land. Note that Fresno's guards, especially Johnson, are excellent at driving into the paint to find the rim. To me, one of Fresno's biggest strengths will be the depth of their bench. Similar to Air Force, they go deep into their bench with both teams having ten players that average double minutes of playing time. This will be needed for FSU as a sea level team playing at 7000' at the Academy. Again, this will be a very interesting match up!

Keys for Air Force to win this game:

1) Even with the deep bench Fresno has, the biggest key for AF will be to keep the Fresno State team moving on the court, reacting to what the Falcons do and not the other way around. Play aggressive defense to include some three-quarter court press and work the offense to tire the defense. The offense must continue to be a two headed monster pushing the tempo hard up the floor when available but being slow and patient when running the Air Force version of the Princeton. Again, make the defense work for forty minutes.

2) Pick your poison but I believe we must stop the scoring in the lane from drives and/or consistent points from FSU's big men. Force FSU to score first from the arc then, if they have success, adjust.

3) I say it each week: Run the offense inside-out. Aggressive to the rim, MAKE the shot and draw the foul if defended. This goes hand in hand with continuing our confidence and high percentage shooting from the foul line.

4) Make a solid percentage from the three point arc thus further opening up the lane.

5) Continue good minutes off the bench but time to explode with more scoring from players 6-12.

6) This may be last but actually might be the second most important key to success. Both teams average 31 rebounds per game. While the Falcons are more of a group rebounding team (no one player averaging more than 4.5rpg), Fresno State centers around three players who average 6.4, 5.1 and 4.3rpg. Air Force must be strong on the boards on both ends of the court!

This will be a great match up as the Falcons welcome the Bulldogs to their first experience of playing at Clune. Need to get the fans and the cadets in Section-8 out to support this team.

Next up in the MWC Tuesday
Nevada (2-3) at UNLV (3-2)

Wednesday
Fresno State (1-5) at Air Force (3-2)
#15 New Mexico (4-1) at Wyoming 2-4
Boise St (2-3) at CSU (3-2)

BEAT FRESNO STATE

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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:29 PM

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smiley-basketball.gifNice stuff once again from Ltc. And, as usual, spot on with your how we can the game if we do the following things. I believe our guys are now believing in themselves and very confident that they can  beat any opponent when they bring their blue collars and lunch pails to the fray. I expect the team to play lights out at home this week against both Fresno State and SDSU. I would really like to see our bballers crunch the Bulldogs to compensate for the terrible football beatdown we took at Fresno this past fall. Let's go Falcons! Be very unkind and chew on the Bulldogs. Then follow that up with  an Aztec slaughter on Saturday.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:32 PM

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Thanks Fanatic.....and your descriptive way of saying it " I believe our guys are now believing in themselves and very confident that they can beat any opponent when they bring their blue collars and lunch pails to the fray" is right on and has many meanings.

I think this game is as important if not more than any we have played in conference this season.  We lost two but got back on the winning track.  Now we face a team that is 1-5 in the MWC 'after' we win on the road.  How do we react?  Do we take this as a game against against a team that has only won 1 in conference?  Do we play a 'cadet game' in this one like we did a few years back vs CC?...OR do we come out as if we were playing the #1 team in the country, with our hair slicked back with sweaty, ready to have to play 110% against all odds to get the win!!!

"Blue Collars and lunch pails" means to me you bring yourself to the court ready to get down and dirty, nose to the grindstone, dirt under your fingernails and ready to fight for every rebound, fight through every screen to defend, laser-like sharp passes (not lackadasical ones), throwing yourself on the floor for every loose ball and playing like a team that 'needs' every win beginning with this one.

We do that with the leadership of our seniors and the youthful desire of our bench and we can soar. This is a must win for the Falcons to set the tone for the next game on the schedule!  NO game is a freebie this year!

BEAT FRESNO STATE

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Posted: 1/30/2013 4:31 AM

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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:25 AM

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Exactly right--you beat me to the post on this one.  We could very well lose to FrSU tonight and anything but a committed effort--real winner's character--will probably lead to that result.  This is a defining game.
ltcpilot wrote: 

I think this game is as important if not more than any we have played in conference this season.  We lost two but got back on the winning track.  Now we face a team that is 1-5 in the MWC 'after' we win on the road.  How do we react?  Do we take this as a game against against a team that has only won 1 in conference?  Do we play a 'cadet game' in this one like we did a few years back vs CC?...OR do we come out as if we were playing the #1 team in the country, with our hair slicked back with sweaty, ready to have to play 110% against all odds to get the win!!!

We do that with the leadership of our seniors and the youthful desire of our bench and we can soar. This is a must win for the Falcons to set the tone for the next game on the schedule!  NO game is a freebie this year!
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Posted: 1/30/2013 2:30 PM

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Stalag...Don't necessarily agree about the probable result but agree 100% that the needing full effort and attention to detail in every facet of the game is correct.  This is a must game for the Falcons.  I'll be there cheering them on!


BEAT FRESNO STATE

2012-13 MOUNTAIN WEST STANDINGS

TEAM CONF GB OVR
#20   New Mexico4-1--17-3
UNLV4-2.517-4
#22   San Diego State4-2.516-4
Colorado State3-2116-4
Air Force3-2112-6
Boise State2-3214-5
Wyoming2-42.515-4
Nevada2-42.511-9
Fresno State1-53.57-12

GO FALCONS

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Posted: 1/30/2013 9:41 PM

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A good workman like win for the Falcons over Fresno.  Shot great overall at FG 50% (but only 30% from the 3 at 5-17) vs a stingy FSU defense.  Excellent from the FT line 15-19 79%. Todd Fletcher POG w/ 19pts...more in the morning...except...

When's the last time you heard "the Falcons are in a tie (4 way) for 2ND PLACE IN THE MWC)

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BEAT SAN DIEGO STATE

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Todd Fletcherscored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting including three 3-pointers and dished out five assists to lead Air Force to a 62-50 victory over Fresno State on Wednesday night.

Air Force (13-6, 4-2 Mountain West) trailed 13-10 mid-way through the first half but used a 20-10 run capped off by Fletcher's 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 30-23 lead at halftime. The Falcons never trailed again.


Michael Lyons 
added 15 points and four rebounds for Air Force, which shot an even 50 percent from the field and outscored the Bulldogs 26-12 in the paint. Mike Fitzgerald added seven points and 10 rebounds
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Fresno State was led by Kevin Olekaibe who scored 18 points, all of which came from beyond the arc as he hit six 3-pointers. Tyler Johnson and Allen Huddlestonscored 11 points apiece.


Olekaibe and Huddleston were part of a Fresno State (7-13, 1-6) bench which outscored the Falcons' bench 34-12.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:16 PM

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I enjoyed watching the game online. The only problem I had was the last 5 minutes. It was almost like air force was trying to let Fresno catch up. They were trying to run the clock out, but you can't run 5 minutes out. And Fresno wasn't quitting yet. 1 turnover in the first half and I think it was something like 8 or 9 turnovers in the 2nd half. But all in all, air force played well. They just need to play til the buzzer goes off.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:16 AM

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Great win by the Falcons...let's keep it rolling this weekend!!!
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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:00 AM

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Air Force Basketball is fun again!
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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:20 AM

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hoops.gifA blue collar, bring your lunch pail, roll up your sleeves, and work for 40 minutes win. No 15 minute breaks, texting or interneting until the job gets done. The Falcons did what they had to do even though they got kind of funky towards the end. Obviously, they were tired as the starters played most of the minutes. The good news is the starters along with some shrewd timeouts called by the coach allowed them to keep it together for the win. After the emotional win at Wyoming with another emotional game against a ranked team this Saturday, I was not too surprised at some of our less than smart play that took place several times towards the end. However, given that, the Falcons are proving they are a winner. It's just too bad our community and cadet fan based continues to stay away from the action. Well, they can just cheat themselves. Eat your hearts out Colorado Springs for your missing an excellent coaching staff and basketball team doing their thing - and that's win!

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:22 AM

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Postgame: A win for Air Force 62 over Fresno State 50

A workmanlike effort for Air Force over Fresno State 62-50 leaves Air Force in a tie for second place in the MWC. In a game against a Bulldog team that had only won one game in conference action, Air Force was faced with 'how' they would react knowing they were facing #20 San Diego State on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons, led by their seniors, followed their game plan and methodically took the lead and won in Clune Arena in front of 2000 plus fans. On the big scheme of things it was a game they were favored to win but a game that easily been overlooked. The Falcons kept their focus and walked out with the win.

In looking at this game on paper I made several observations as keys to the game, the biggest of which was what were the strengths and weaknesses of the Fesno State team but how they had the capability of having no weaknesses across the board. In this game they showed tenacity and proved me correct. In the majority of previous games Fresno had played tough primarily with strong inside games slashing to the basket to score (remember that zero three point shot game they had in the win over Wyoming?). Air Force had a plan to take away the inside and make FSU win shooting long...and they almost did. While normally a 30% 3pt team, the Bulldogs made 8-20 40% of their shots from the arc and an exceptional night from guard Olekaibe who was 6-10 from the arc along with Huddleston 2-4. In addition, their leading scorer Tyler Johnson did what he does, find the lane and slash to the basket scoring 11 and two baskets on uncontested drives and dunks one-on-one. How would AF respond? By playing tough defense across the board in most other areas.

Looking at final numbers for both teams:

AF FG 50% FT 78.9% 15-19 3pt 29.4% 5-17 Reb 35/4 A 13 TO 15 B 1 St 5 Bench12 Paint 26 OffTO 15 Fast 8
Air Force Schedule/Stats/Box Score

FSU FG 37% FT 40.0% 6-15 3pt 40% 8-20 Reb 24/5 A 9 TO 12 B 2 St 10 Bench 34 Paint 12 OffTO 17 Fast 2
FSU Schedule/Stats/Box Score

On defense Air Force worked hard to deny FSU drives as a team into the lane. Three FSU possession during the game resulted in clock violations due to good defense by the Falcons, and a fourth actually happened with a wild 3pt attempt 6 feet outside the arc that bounced off the rim at the buzzer. While AF had coverage on the three's overall, over half of the makes by FSU were based on good ball movement and open shooters, something AF needs to adjust for. Not that overall AF was strong on the boards on both ends and denied 2nd chance shots overall for FSU.



On offense the Falcons continued strong play pushing the ball up the court but then transitioning into their offense. Inside shots were found on cutters but, as with past games, still did not complete the shot every opportunity either through a slightly bad pass or being fouled. The effort of going inside out really has helped the offense work and put the FSU defense on it's heels. Credit Fresno State for pressuring AF into mistakes especially late in the game with a full court press resulting in several turnovers in the last 3:30 of the game which keep FSU in the game and the fans on their feet. In postgame comments the Falcons felt they were maybe a little complacent in trying to run clock not their offense and, combined with FSU's very good pressure, turned the ball over.

This game was a team win overall, but the game was won by the seniors with five on the floor in the last minutes of the game. Todd Fletcher had a superb night (19pts/8-11/3-3 3pt/3reb/5Ast/3TO/35mins) and an 'almost' half court three at the end of the first half (ball inbounded with 3 seconds on the clock, two dribbles, great screen by Kyle Green, shot out of the hand and halfway to the basket, buzzer, swish, 3 points) to send AF to the locker room with a seven point lead. Mike Lyons played a complete and unselfish game with 13 points in the first half then, as he got attention from FSU, 2 points in the second for a 15pt game in 35 mins. Kyle Green, besides playing tough defense, came off the bench for 8 points on 6-6 from the FT line. The biggest stats that may have won this game were not the 7 and 5 points that Mike Fitzgerald and Taylor Broekhuis had, but the career high 10 rebounds for Mike along with 6 for Taylor.



Notes for the game to ponder are the minutes the starters played overall will require rest as they prepare for SDSU on Saturday. 35 minutes each for Lyons, Fletcher and Broekhuis with 32 for Fitzgerald. Turnovers must be paid attention to and that is a split between attention to detail on the floor by the players and maybe more rest/bench minutes by coach and the staff. Rebound, a key to the game in my preview was excellent this game with AF winning that battle 35 to 24. Lastly, strong effort again in MWC play at the FT line with an exceptional 79% effort that will continue to help win games if we keep shooting well from the line. Great effort by the Cadets in Section 8 and great appreciation by the team after the completion of the 3d Verse postgame to shake their hands and pass out "High 5's"

Next up #20 San Diego State on Saturday. NEED TO BRING YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, ANYONE OFF THE STREET TO FILL THE STANDS.
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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:43 AM

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Another big win for the Falcons!

Coach Pilipovich and his staff are doing a great job getting the guys ready to play and making adjustments at halftime, but the thing that impresses me is that Coach P is a very solid tactical coach (something that Falcon A has been looking for since the Dr Hans “Coefficient of Friction” Mueh hired Jeff Reynolds ).

I think you will all agree that the Falcon offense runs much better with Todd vice Tre on the floor (no slam on Tre, who has done a great job as a freshman, but he doesn’t have 100 games under his belt like Todd). So one of the challenges Coach P. faces every night is getting Todd some rest each half. Here’s how he did it last night.

13:50 in the second half, Air Force leading 40-29, and Fresno State’s Tyler “I never pass the ball to a team mate when I’m driving to the hoop” Johnson commits an offensive foul driving down the lane. What a surprise! OK, AF ball, and Coach P. calls timeout knowing that the first timeout called by a coach in the second half, even if it’s a 30 second timeout, takes the full two minutes for media break. He subs Tre in for Todd, with the intention of getting Todd some rest, and if needed, subbing him back in right after the 12 minute media timeout. That would get Todd about 5 minutes of rest for about 2 minutes of lost playing time.

But it actually worked out better, because Dave Hall calls timeout for Fresno State when Robert Upshaw crushes Justin Hammonds diving for a loose ball at 10:52. More on this play later. It takes another two minutes before Upshaw actually gets up and can play. By then Todd had the about 7 minutes of rest and had only lost 3 minutes on the floor. Then Fitz steals the ball and calls timeout at 10:40, which triggers the 12 minute media timeout, and Todd gets two more bonus minutes of rest. Now that’s something we never saw in the Jeff “I never call timeout unless I'm down by 15+” Reynolds days.

Now that’s coaching!

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Posted: 1/31/2013 11:52 AM

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mikey269 wrote: I enjoyed watching the game online. The only problem I had was the last 5 minutes. It was almost like air force was trying to let Fresno catch up. They were trying to run the clock out, but you can't run 5 minutes out. And Fresno wasn't quitting yet. 1 turnover in the first half and I think it was something like 8 or 9 turnovers in the 2nd half. But all in all, air force played well. They just need to play til the buzzer goes off.

OK, it’s time for my weekly rant on the officials, reference Mikey's comment above the a similar one posted by LTC.

 

One of the reason that the Falcons had 5 turnovers in the last 3:17 was the zebras swallowed their whistles and let Fresno State mug the Falcons on the offensive end of the floor.  There was a ton of pushing, holding, and grabbing during that stretch of the game. It seemed like the refs were in a hurry to get the game over and get back to the hotel. 

 

The refs also went the entire game without calling the moving screen that Fresno was setting at the top of the key.  Todd was doing his best to draw the foul while he tried to fight through the moving screens, but the Falcons never got one call all night.  By my count, the moving screens allowed the Bulldogs to get eleven 10-12 foot jumpers in the lane.  Fortunately, they only hit three of them.  It didn’t hurt the Falcons, but the refs let Fresno State get away with it early, so being consistent, they let Fresno continue to do it all night. 

 

That said, I thought Ed Hightower did a pretty good job.  He was the most consistent of the referees. 

 

Dave Hall made a couple of “interesting” calls; but two stand out.  I mentioned a play in my other post, where Justin Hammonds was going for a loose ball in the Falcon’s end of the floor.  Robert Upshaw pushed Justin out of the way, dives on the ball and then rolls over which should be first a foul, then traveling.  No call.  Justin goes for the ball, and Dave Hall calls timeout, signaling that the time out was called by the Fresno State bench.  Then he walks over to the scorer’s table, with an “I think I made a mistake" look on his face because he realizes that the Fresno bench didn’t call timeout, and he told the scorer that the timeout was called by Upshaw while he was on the floor.  OK, I guess that’s possible, but after the whistle blew, Upshaw spent the next two plus minutes laying on his back holding his cranium. 

 

The second blown call was the foul he called on Taylor’s block on Upshaw.  Talyor got nothing but ball, but Hall, who was solidly positioned behind Taylor along the baseline on the other side of the basket when called the foul.  The replay showed Hall was clearly calling things he thought he saw.  But in general, Dave did a pretty good job last night. 

 

On the other hand, Chris Rastatter was absolutely brutal.  The first call he made that went Air Force’s way was at the 4:32 mark in the second half.  The Falcons were getting punished when they went to the rim with no calls, and Fresno State was the recipient of numerous touch fouls on Air Force.  He also called a couple of offensive fouls on the Falcons when a Fresno State player established position in front of an already airborne Air Force player going to the basket.  That’s blocking . . . like Falcon Fanatic always says, “It’s D1 basketball!”  That statement also applies to the refs!

Checking the records, this is the first Air Force game that Rastatter has officiated that I could find when the Falcons had fewer fouls than their opponents (17-19).  However, I’d recommend that the Athletic Department check into his background to make sure he’s not a Navy grad before inviting him back.  On second thought, don’t invite him back.  He’s terrible!

 

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Eagle Driver, IMO Ed Hightower is the best referee in NCAA men's basketball.  He has called the championship game several times.
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AFA74 wrote: Eagle Driver, IMO Ed Hightower is the best referee in NCAA men's basketball.  He has called the championship game several times.

Concur, he's a keeper.  Called the BSU game here at Clune this year, too.  Too bad he's mostly a Big 10 and MVC ref.  He could teach the MWC refs something.  I like the way he animates his calls.  There's no way anyone can be confused by what he called and more importantly, why he called it. 

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mikey269 wrote: I enjoyed watching the game online. The only problem I had was the last 5 minutes. It was almost like air force was trying to let Fresno catch up. They were trying to run the clock out, but you can't run 5 minutes out. And Fresno wasn't quitting yet. 1 turnover in the first half and I think it was something like 8 or 9 turnovers in the 2nd half. But all in all, air force played well. They just need to play til the buzzer goes off.

OK, it’s time for my weekly rant on the officials, reference Mikey's comment above the a similar one posted by LTC.

 

One of the reason that the Falcons had 5 turnovers in the last 3:17 was the zebras swallowed their whistles and let Fresno State mug the Falcons on the offensive end of the floor.  There was a ton of pushing, holding, and grabbing during that stretch of the game. It seemed like the refs were in a hurry to get the game over and get back to the hotel. 

 

The refs also went the entire game without calling the moving screen that Fresno was setting at the top of the key.  Todd was doing his best to draw the foul while he tried to fight through the moving screens, but the Falcons never got one call all night.  By my count, the moving screens allowed the Bulldogs to get eleven 10-12 foot jumpers in the lane.  Fortunately, they only hit three of them.  It didn’t hurt the Falcons, but the refs let Fresno State get away with it early, so being consistent, they let Fresno continue to do it all night. 

 

That said, I thought Ed Hightower did a pretty good job.  He was the most consistent of the referees. 

 

Dave Hall made a couple of “interesting” calls; but two stand out.  I mentioned a play in my other post, where Justin Hammonds was going for a loose ball in the Falcon’s end of the floor.  Robert Upshaw pushed Justin out of the way, dives on the ball and then rolls over which should be first a foul, then traveling.  No call.  Justin goes for the ball, and Dave Hall calls timeout, signaling that the time out was called by the Fresno State bench.  Then he walks over to the scorer’s table, with an “I think I made a mistake" look on his face because he realizes that the Fresno bench didn’t call timeout, and he told the scorer that the timeout was called by Upshaw while he was on the floor.  OK, I guess that’s possible, but after the whistle blew, Upshaw spent the next two plus minutes laying on his back holding his cranium. 

 

The second blown call was the foul he called on Taylor’s block on Upshaw.  Talyor got nothing but ball, but Hall, who was solidly positioned behind Taylor along the baseline on the other side of the basket when called the foul.  The replay showed Hall was clearly calling things he thought he saw.  But in general, Dave did a pretty good job last night. 

 

On the other hand, Chris Rastatter was absolutely brutal.  The first call he made that went Air Force’s way was at the 4:32 mark in the second half.  The Falcons were getting punished when they went to the rim with no calls, and Fresno State was the recipient of numerous touch fouls on Air Force.  He also called a couple of offensive fouls on the Falcons when a Fresno State player established position in front of an already airborne Air Force player going to the basket.  That’s blocking . . . like Falcon Fanatic always says, “It’s D1 basketball!”  That statement also applies to the refs!

Checking the records, this is the first Air Force game that Rastatter has officiated that I could find when the Falcons had fewer fouls than their opponents (17-19).  However, I’d recommend that the Athletic Department check into his background to make sure he’s not a Navy grad before inviting him back.  On second thought, don’t invite him back.  He’s terrible!


 

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CSU had Chris Rastatter as one of the refs earlier this year at CU. He was terrible. I checked his record and found out that for teams that he had officiated at least 3 times in the last several years that CSU had the highest foul total of all of them. Something like 25 per game over 4 games. He refs a lot of Big Sky games and knows Tad Boyle very well. Spencer Dinwiddie, Sabatino Chen and Andre Roberson combined for 0 fouls in the first 39.5 minutes of the game.

We had Pac-12 veteran Dick Cartmell at Moby last night. First time I remember him reffing a game up here. He was OK other than missing some blatant tackles of Colton Iverson by Boise's bigs. I'm not kidding. Two armed tackles. Boise was the softest team I can remember seeing in the MWC in a long time. Their tactics last night were embarrassing to watch.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 5:36 AM

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Swoll,

Dick Cartmell has done some stinkers at Clune. He might be on the "don't invite back list" since he hasn't done any games here this year. I never thought I'd say it, but I hope Eric Curry is one of the officials for Saturday's SDSU game!

Drop me a note in my PM, and we'll plan your road trip to the Springs for the Rams-Falcons game.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 7:46 AM

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--- 72EagleDriver wrote:

Swoll,

Dick Cartmell has done some stinkers at Clune. He might be on the "don't invite back list" since he hasn't done any games here this year. I never thought I'd say it, but I hope Eric Curry is one of the officials for Saturday's SDSU game!

Drop me a note in my PM, and we'll plan your road trip to the Springs for the Rams-Falcons game.

72 Eagle Driver

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Hoping for Eric Curry sounds like the title for a bad movie in the vein of Waiting for Godot.. If you want to be entertained, count the number of times Curry hitches his pants. You'll get well into triple figures.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:30 AM

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72EagleDriver wrote:
mikey269 wrote: I enjoyed watching the game online. The only problem I had was the last 5 minutes. It was almost like air force was trying to let Fresno catch up. They were trying to run the clock out, but you can't run 5 minutes out. And Fresno wasn't quitting yet. 1 turnover in the first half and I think it was something like 8 or 9 turnovers in the 2nd half. But all in all, air force played well. They just need to play til the buzzer goes off.

OK, it’s time for my weekly rant on the officials, reference Mikey's comment above the a similar one posted by LTC.

 

One of the reason that the Falcons had 5 turnovers in the last 3:17 was the zebras swallowed their whistles and let Fresno State mug the Falcons on the offensive end of the floor.  There was a ton of pushing, holding, and grabbing during that stretch of the game. It seemed like the refs were in a hurry to get the game over and get back to the hotel. 

 

The refs also went the entire game without calling the moving screen that Fresno was setting at the top of the key.  Todd was doing his best to draw the foul while he tried to fight through the moving screens, but the Falcons never got one call all night.  By my count, the moving screens allowed the Bulldogs to get eleven 10-12 foot jumpers in the lane.  Fortunately, they only hit three of them.  It didn’t hurt the Falcons, but the refs let Fresno State get away with it early, so being consistent, they let Fresno continue to do it all night. 

 

That said, I thought Ed Hightower did a pretty good job.  He was the most consistent of the referees. 

 

Dave Hall made a couple of “interesting” calls; but two stand out.  I mentioned a play in my other post, where Justin Hammonds was going for a loose ball in the Falcon’s end of the floor.  Robert Upshaw pushed Justin out of the way, dives on the ball and then rolls over which should be first a foul, then traveling.  No call.  Justin goes for the ball, and Dave Hall calls timeout, signaling that the time out was called by the Fresno State bench.  Then he walks over to the scorer’s table, with an “I think I made a mistake" look on his face because he realizes that the Fresno bench didn’t call timeout, and he told the scorer that the timeout was called by Upshaw while he was on the floor.  OK, I guess that’s possible, but after the whistle blew, Upshaw spent the next two plus minutes laying on his back holding his cranium. 

 

The second blown call was the foul he called on Taylor’s block on Upshaw.  Talyor got nothing but ball, but Hall, who was solidly positioned behind Taylor along the baseline on the other side of the basket when called the foul.  The replay showed Hall was clearly calling things he thought he saw.  But in general, Dave did a pretty good job last night. 

 

On the other hand, Chris Rastatter was absolutely brutal.  The first call he made that went Air Force’s way was at the 4:32 mark in the second half.  The Falcons were getting punished when they went to the rim with no calls, and Fresno State was the recipient of numerous touch fouls on Air Force.  He also called a couple of offensive fouls on the Falcons when a Fresno State player established position in front of an already airborne Air Force player going to the basket.  That’s blocking . . . like Falcon Fanatic always says, “It’s D1 basketball!”  That statement also applies to the refs!

Checking the records, this is the first Air Force game that Rastatter has officiated that I could find when the Falcons had fewer fouls than their opponents (17-19).  However, I’d recommend that the Athletic Department check into his background to make sure he’s not a Navy grad before inviting him back.  On second thought, don’t invite him back.  He’s terrible!

 

72 Eagle Driver

Eagle,

Great officials are "invisible" in any game at any level.  Rastatter was horrific and easily  identified himself in one of the worst D-1 officiated games I have ever seen.  He had a horrible first half and I thought he might "get his #*&^ together" for the second half.  Didn't happen. He had no business working the baseline.

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