Falcons take on Boise State to close two-game road swing

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Air Force concludes a two-game road trip by traveling to Boise, Idaho, to take on Boise State Saturday, Feb. 17, at Noon MT in Taco Bell Arena (12,480). Boise State defeated Air Force, 70-64, earlier this season at the Academy.


Television:. AT&T Sports Network (Drew Goodman, Joe Cravens)

Radio:…….. KVOR AM 740 (Jim Arthur)


Quick Facts Air Force Boise State

Record:………… 10-14 20-6

Conf. Record:… 4-8 10-4

Streak:…………. L 1 L 2

Last Game:……. at UNLV (2/14) vs. Nevada (2/14)

Result:…………. L 73-81 L 72-77

Next Game:….. vs. San Diego State (2/21) at Colorado State (2/21)

Conference:….. Mountain West Mountain West

Nickname:……. Falcons Broncos

Location:………. Colorado Springs, CO Boise, ID

Website:………. GoAirForceFalcons.com BroncoSports.com


Category Air Force Boise State

Head Coach….. Dave Pilipovich Leon Rice

Alma Mater….. Thiel College, 1986 Washington State, 1986

School Record.. 82-108 (6th season) 162-93 (8th season)

Career Record.. Same Same


Overall…………………………………………………….. Boise State leads, 10-4

First Meeting…………… Dec. 27, 1991 at Boise State (Boise State, 77-68)

…………………………………….. Albertson’s Classic Tournament, Boise, ID

Last Meeting………………….. Jan. 27, 2018 at USAFA (Boise State, 70-64)

Streaks……………………………………………………………… Boise State W 3


Air Force and Boise State are meeting for the 15th time overall and 14th time as conference foes. Boise State leads the overall series, 10-4, and has a 9-4 mark in conference games. Air Force is 3-4 at home, 1-5 in Boise and 0-1 in neutral site games. Boise State defeated Air Force, 70-64, earlier this season at the Academy.

Boise State swept the season series last season. The Broncos won, 76-66, in Boise and 98-70 at the Academy. The teams first played in the Albertson’s Classic in Boise on Dec. 27, 1991 resulting in a Boise State victory, 77-68.


Chandler Hutchinson and Lexus Williams scored 16 points each to lead Boise State past Air Force, 70-64, Jan. 27 in Clune Arena at the Academy.

Williams broke a 59-all tie with a 3-pointer to put Boise State ahead, 62-59, with 3:09 left and the Broncos never trailed again, out-scoring the Falcons 11-5 from that point to hold on for the win. Hutchinson added two field goals and a pair of free throws and Williams added the final two free throws with 13 seconds left to secure the win in a game that featured 13 lead changes and six ties.

Air Force trailed 29-25 at the half and fell behind by eight, 42-34, with 14:24 to play, but chipped away at the lead and tied it at 50-50 with 7:47 to play on the layup by CJ Siples. The layup capped a 6-0 run. Following a Boise State basket by Zach Haney, the next six scores changed the lead in the game until Ryan Swan tied it for the last time at 59-59 with a pair of free throws with 3:26 left.

Swan matched his career high with 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead the Falcons. Siples came off the bench to add season highs of 16 points, three rebounds and three steals while Lavelle Scottie added 12 points and Trevor Lyons 10.

Air Force hit 41.3 percent from the field, but hit 50 percent in the second half, including a 4-6 effort from three. The Falcons hit 87 percent from the line on 20-23 shooting and committed just 10 turnovers while recording 10 steals.

Boise State hit 46 percent from the field and 44.4 from three and were a perfect 12-12 from the line. Justinian Jessup added 12 points off the bench on four 3-pointers. The Broncos out-rebounded Air Force, 29-25, but had just one offensive rebound in the second half.

Team Notes

Air Force starters for the Boise State game: Trevor Lyons (G), Jacob Van (G), Keaton Van Soelen (F) Lavelle Scottie (F) and Ryan Swan (C). The lineup started for the fifth time together this season. The Falcons have used eight different lineups 20 games this season. Air Force coaches participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers promotion for the American Cancer Society during the game. The attendance of 2,436 is a season high.

Individual Notes

Senior Trevor Lyons scored 10 points to move into 30th place on the Air Force career list with 960 points. He moved past John Judd (1961-64), who had 955 points and Mike Lockwood (1985-89), who had. Lyons also had two steals and moved into a tie for fourth on the Air Force career list with 147. He is tied with Otis Jones (1991-95), who had 147. Senior CJ Siples recorded season highs of 16 points, three rebounds and three steals. His previous scoring high was seven points vs. Texas State in the season opener Nov. 12. • Sophomore Ryan Swan matched his career high with 19 points to lead the Falcons. He also scored 19 points at San Jose State Jan. 13. Swan has scored in double figures in all eight games he’s started this season, including seven straight. Swan’s seven straight double-figure scoring games is the longest streak by a Falcon this season. Sophomore Lavelle Scottie scored 12 points to record his 12th double-figure scoring game of the season which leads the Falcons. He has been in double figures in five of the last six games.


(Feb. 11, 2017 at Boise State) Justinian Jessup and Paris Austin had 14 points apiece and Boise State scored 13 straight points down the stretch to power past Air Force, 76-66.

The Broncos led for most of the game but trailed in parts of the second half and were down by one with 7:18 left.

Chandler Hutchison’s pair of free throws with 3:44 left capped a 13-0 run that made it 72-60. The Falcons answered with four straight points but got no closer from there.

Boise State moved a half-game ahead of Nevada (8-3) and stayed a half-game ahead of Colorado State (9-4) for first place in the conference standings.

Hutchison finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. David Wacker added 10 points.

Hayden Graham led Air Force with 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Zach Kocur added 14 points and Lavelle Scottie scored 11.


….split the season series between the two schools with each winning on the road.

….snap a three-game losing streak to Boise State and be Air Force’s first win in the series since a 61-53 win Feb. 6, 2016 at the Academy.

….be Air Force’s first win at Boise State since Jan. 14, 2012, a 74-59 victory. The win would improve Air Force to 2-5 all-time at Boise State.

….improve Air Force to 5-10 all-time vs. Boise State, including a 5-9 mark in conference games.

….be Air Force’s third conference road win of the season which would be the most since winning three in 2013-14. The team won at UNLV (75-68), San Jose State (51-48) and Wyoming (55-53) that year.


Jovan Mooring scored 24 points to lead five Runnin’ Rebels in double figures as UNLV defeated Air Force, 81-73, Feb. 14 in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mooring hit a deep 3-pointer with 2:15 remaining to start a 10-1 run to propel UNLV to a 77-67 advantage with 48 second remaining. The Falcons hit a pair of threes from there, but the Runnin’ Rebels hit four of six free throws from in the final 34 seconds to hang on to the win.

Air Force opened the game hitting just two of its first 11 shots and UNLV build a 19-5 lead with 9:38 left in the first half. The Rebels built the lead to 15 points, 23-8, with 8:18 left. The Falcons got some shots to fall and cut the lead to 31-25 at the half. Air Force was never able to overtake UNLV, but cut the lead to one point on multiple occasions in the second half, the last coming at 67-66 with 2:41 left before Mooring’s three to start the UNLV run.

Mooring hit 7-12 field goals, including 5-9 from three, and had five assists. Tervell Beck and Jordan Johnson added 16 points each while Kris Clyburn and Brandon McCoy each chipped in with 10 points. UNLV hit 44.6 percent from the field, but 52.9 from three on 9-17 shooting. The Runnin’ Rebels out-rebounded Air Force, 52-25. McCoy led the way with a game-high 13 rebounds while Shakur Juiston added 12.

Air Force was led by senior Trevor Lyons, who scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. Ryan Swan added 16 points and Lavelle Scottie and Ryan Manning had 11 points each. The Falcons hit just 40.6 percent from the field, but matched a season-high with 13 threes and hit 43.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Falcons assisted on 19 of 26 field goals and had just eight turnovers.

Lyons became the 25th player in Air Force history to reach the 1,000 point mark for his career and ranks 25th all-time with 1,005 points. He joins his brother, Michael, in the 1,000 point club at the Academy. Michael ranks fourth in school history with 1,527 points from 2009-13. They are the first set of brothers to score 1,000 points each at the Academy and the first set of brothers to do it at the same school in Mountain West history.

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