Pokes at Front Range Foe Air Force on Tuesday
Feb. 25, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team starts its final road trip of the 2012-13 season with a visit to Air Force on Tuesday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in Clune Arena. The Pokes (18-9, 4-9 MW) won a 64-53 game at Clune last season, but the Falcons (15-10, 6-6 MW) are 11-2 at home this season and 5-1 in Mountain West play.
Fans can follow live stats and live audio of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised by ROOT Sports (Optimum: channel 23; DirecTV: 683; Dish Network: 414). Check your cable or satellite provider for channel info.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Dave Pilipovich and Air Force are 15-10 on the season and 6-6 in conference play for sixth in the MW standings. The Falcons started the league schedule with a 5-2 mark, but have lost four of their last five games. Most recently, Air Force dropped a 77-65 game at Boise State last Wednesday. AFA trailed by one, 35-34, at halftime, but gave up an 18-4 run to start the second half and trailed by as many as 21 late. The Falcon offense ranks fourth in the MW in scoring at 72.2 points per game, first in field goal percentage at 48, second in three-point percentage at 38 and first in threes per game with 8.4. They rank in the top 21 in the NCAA in the last three stats, including 11th in field goal percentage. Defensively, the Falcons allow 67.5 points per game for eighth in the MW by allowing a league-worst 45 percent from the field to opponents. AFA's 1.3 assist-turnover ratio leads the MW.
Each Team's Leaders
Senior guard Michael Lyons leads the Falcons with team-highs of 18.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He ranks first in the MW and 34th in the nation in scoring, while his 48 percent from the field is fourth in the conference. Senior forward Mike Fitzgerald also scores in double figures at 10.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, thanks in part to 83 percent at the free throw line, while senior guard Todd Fletcher runs the point for AFA with a team-high 4.0 assists to go with 10.0 points. He leads the MW and ranks third in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at plus 3.3. Senior center Taylor Broekhuis adds 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per game. His ranks fifth in the league in blocks. Those four have started all 25 of AFA's games this season, while sophomore forward DeLovell Earls made his 16th start of the season last Wednesday at Boise State. Earls averages 4.0 points and 3.1 rebounds. Three Falcons scored in double figures against the Broncos, led by Fletcher with 14.
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