Wyoming at Air Force for First Mountain West Road Game
Jan. 17, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to face Air Force on Wednesday for the Cowboys' first road game of the 2011-12 Mountain West schedule. UW (14-3, 0-1) has historically dominated AFA (11-4, 1-0), but recent meetings have been closer, including a 5-5 record between the two in the last 10 matchups. Wednesday should be another close contest, as the teams are the MW's top two in scoring defense and bottom two in scoring offense. Tip between the Cowboys and Falcons is set for 6 p.m. in Clune Arena.
Fans can follow live stats and live audio of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on WyomingAthletics.com. The contest will be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised on The Mtn.
A Look at the Matchup
Air Force sits at 11-4 overall and 1-0 in the MW thanks to a 74-59 win at Boise State in its latest action. The victory was AFA's largest margin of victory in a MW road game under fifth-year head coach Jeff Reynolds. The Falcons are on a five-game winning streak for their fourth-best start in program history, as four of the five victories have come by double digits. Air Force has played well at home in Clune Arena, earning a 9-1 mark this season and wins in 40 of its last 64 MW games. AFA returned three starters from a team that went 6-10 in league play last year to tie for sixth. Similar to Wyoming, Air Force is a defense first team that takes care of the ball. AFA is second in the MW and 13th nationally in scoring defense (56.7 ppg), while ranking 13th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (37.5). One of the top three teams in the Mountain West in assists, the Falcons are 31st nationally in assists per game (15.2) and 39th in assist-turnover ratio (1.2).
Each Team's Leaders
Junior guard Michael Lyons paces Air Force at 16.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, but hasn't played in the last six games due to a high ankle sprain. AFA has played well without him, though, going 5-2 since the injury. Junior forward Mike Fitzgerald and junior guard Todd Fletcher also average in double figures at 10.8 and 10.4 points per game, respectively. Fletcher is shooting a team-high 96 percent from the free throw line and Fitzgerald has connected on a team-high 29 threes. Senior forward Taylor Stewart leads AFA at 3.1 assists per game to go with 8.1 points, while junior center Taylor Broekhuis contributes 9.0 points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds per contest. Freshman guard Kamryn Williams has stepped in for the injured Lyons and is averaging 5.1 points per game.
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