Game notes: Rams put home win streak on line vs. Falcons




Feb. 3, 2012

Colorado State vs. Air Force | Game 22
Feb. 4, 2012 | 3 p.m. MT | Fort Collins, Colo. | Moby Arena (8,745)

COLORADO STATE RAMS AIR FORCE FALCONS
Record
14-7, 3-3 MW
Last Game
at 11/13 UNLV (L, 82-63)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
Overall Record
277-215 (17th Season)
Record at CSU
65-83 (Fifth Season)
Record
11-9, 1-5 MW
Last Game
vs. New Mexico (L, 81-42)
Rank (AP|ESPN/USA Today)
NR | NR
Head Coach
Jeff Reynolds
Overall Record
145-115 (Ninth Season)
Record at Air Force
63-81 (Fifth Season)
CSU RETURNING STATISTICAL LEADERS AIR FORCE STATISTICAL LEADERS
Minutes Played/Game
Dorian Green (33.6)
Points/Game
Wes Eikmeier (15.9)
Rebounds/Game
Pierce Hornung (7.4)
Three-Pointers
Dorian Green (39)
Assists
Jesse Carr (53)
Blocks
Will Bell (14)
Steals
Pierce Hornung (27)
Field-Goal %
Pierce Hornung (.701)
Free-Throw %
Wes Eikmeier (.884)
Three-Point %
Dorian Green (.488)
Minutes Played/Game
Michael Lyons (31.4)
Points/Game
 Michael Lyons (14.1)
Rebounds/Game
 Taylor Broekhuis (5.1)
Three-Pointers
 Mike Fitzgerald (34)
Assists
 Todd Fletcher (63)
Blocks
Kamryn Williams (19)
Steals
 Todd Fletcher (33)
Field-Goal %
Taylor Broekhuis (.512)
Free-Throw %
Todd Fletcher (.970)
Three-Point %
Mike Fitzgerald (.410)
TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
Category CSU AFA
Points/Game 72.0 62.8
Points Allowed/Game 70.4 58.8
Field-Goal % .483 .449
Opponent Field-Goal % .442 .402
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage .421 .327
Opponent Three-Point % .358 .310
Free-Throw % .774 .695
Rebounds/Game 30.6 30.0
Rebounding Margin -0.1 -2.5
Assists/Game 12.1 14.4
Turnovers/Game 13.3 13.1
Opponent Turnovers/Game 12.7 14.7
Steals/Game 5.5 7.1
Blocks/Game 2.0 2.9
BROADCAST INFORMATION
Television: CBS SPORTS NETWORK
Play-by-play: James Bates
Color Analyst: Steve Lappas
     DirecTV: 613 (HD)
     Comcast Digital: 412 | 846 (HD)
     Dish Network: 152 (HD)
 
Radio:Colorado State Sports Network
Voice of the Rams: Brian Roth
     Denver: 560 AM (KLZ)
     Fort Collins: 600 AM (KCOL)
     Streaming: CSURams.com/allaccess
     
Live Stats: Gametracker   
     CSURams.com

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Opening tip
• Colorado State men’s basketball returns home to Moby Arena Saturday, hosting in-state rival Air Force to close out the first round of Mountain West play.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Falcons is set for 3 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live nationally on CBS Sports Network.
• James Bates (play-by-play) and Steve Lappas (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (55 and 689), DirecTV (603) and Dish Network (151).
• Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver) and 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins).
• Streaming audio and Gametracker live stats are also available at CSURams.com.

Rams quick hits
• The Colorado State men’s basketball team enters Saturday’s game against in-state rival Air Force coming off of an 82-63 loss at No. 11/13 UNLV on Wednesday night. 
• Colorado State has been nearly perfect at home this season, posting a 10-1 record in the friendly confines of Moby Arena. The Rams’ lone home loss came Nov. 19 against Southern Miss. Since then, CSU has won nine straight home games, including Mountain West victories over TCU and Boise State and No. 13/12 San Diego State.
• Colorado State juniors Dorian Green and Greg Smith are among an elite group of 10 players in the Mountain West to rank on the league’s top-20 charts in both scoring and rebounding this season. Green, the shortest player on that list at 6-2, is sixth in scoring (13.5 ppg.) and tied for 18th in rebounding (4.0 rpg). Smith is 18th in scoring (10.6 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (5.0 rpg).
• Entering Saturday’s game vs. Air Force, the CSU men’s basketball team ranks among the most efficient offensive teams in the country. The Rams lead the Mountain West in field-goal percentage (.483), three-point percentage (.421) and free-throw percentage (.774). As of statistical rankings released by the NCAA on Monday, CSU was one of two teams nationally (Denver) to rank in the top-15 in the NCAA in all three categories. 
• Colorado State has been excellent this season in close games, posting a 7-1 mark in contests decided by 10 or fewer points, with narrow victories over Montana, UTSA, Manhattan, Colorado, UTEP, Denver and TCU. The Rams’ lone loss in a game decided by 10 or fewer points came at Northern Iowa.
• Colorado State enters Saturday’s game against Air Force with a 3-0 record against in-state rivals in 2011-12. The Rams have already captured victories over Colorado (65-64), Northern Colorado (92-78) and Denver (79-75). Head Coach Tim Miles is 13-5 against in-state rivals since the start of the 2008-09 season, including a 5-2 mark vs. Air Force during that stretch.

About Air Force
• The Falcons enter Saturday’s contest with an 11-9 overall record and a 1-5 mark in league play, having lost five straight since a conference-opening victory at Boise State on Jan. 14 (74-59).
• In their last two outings, the Falcons suffered home losses vs. then-No. 12-ranked UNLV (65-63) in overtime, and a blowout against New Mexico (81-42).
• Air Force is 1-4 away from Clune Arena this season, with the lone victory coming in its conference opener at Boise State.
• Head coach Jeff Reyonolds is in his fifth season at Air Force, where he is 63-81 and led the Falcons ot the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Overall, Reynolds is 145-115 in nine seasons as a head coach at Air Force, Wingate College (1997-2000) and North Carolina Wesleyan (1985-86).
• Air Force is led by junior guard Michael Lyons who enters Saturday’s contest at 14.1 points per game after missing six games in late December and early January with an injury.
• Junior center Taylor Broekhuis leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 5.1 boards per contest.
• Air Force ranks last in the MW, in scoring offense (62.8 ppg), but the Falcons are one of three teams in the league, along with New Mexico and Wyoming, to hold opponents under 60 points per game, ranking third with an average at 58.8 points against.

Series vs. Air Force
• Saturday’s matchup between the Rams and Falcons marks the 98th in the series between the programs.
• Colorado State leads the series, 66-31.
• The teams split two matchups in 2010-11, with each team capturing home wins. CSU won the first matchup at Moby Arena, 69-66. Air Force won at Clune Arena, capturing a 74-57 win. 
• The Rams lead 36-11 all-time in games played in Fort Collins.
• Colorado State has won three consecutive home games in the series entering Saturday.
• The series between the schools dates back to the 1956-57 season, and the programs have played at least twice each season since the 1980-81 season.
• In 26 matchups since the formation of the Mountain West in 1999-2000, the Rams trail 14-12, including a stretch of eight straight by the Falcons from 2004-05 to 2007-08.  
• Head Coach Tim Miles is 5-4 vs. Air Force in his fifth seasons at CSU, including a 3-1 mark against the Falcons at Moby Arena.

A win over Air Force will...
• Move the Rams to 15-7 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain West.
• Push the Rams’ home win streaks to 10 games overall, and five games vs. the Mountain West.
• Move Colorado State’s home record to 11-1.
• Give the Rams a 67-31 lead in the all-time series with Air Force.
• Mark four consecutive home wins for the Rams over the Falcons.
• Guarantee Colorado State a .500 or better record through the regular-season and MW tournament for the third consecutive season. 

The Ram Report with Tim Miles
• Episode 4 of The Ram Report with Tim Miles taped Monday afternoon at Moby Arena.
• The weekly broadcast schedule includes air time on:
  - The Mtn. (Comcast Ch. 411): Tues.-Fri. at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
  - CSU-TV (Comcast Ch. 11) - Tues. at 5 p.m.
  - NoCo5 (Comcast Ch. 8) - Wed. at 5:30 and 10:35 p.m.
• Full episodes are also available via CSU’s Youtube Channel. 
 
Looking ahead
• Colorado State men’s basketball is idle mid-week next week, before returning to the court Saturday evening at TCU to open the second round of Mountain West action.
• Tipoff between the Rams and the Horned Frogs is set for 6:30 p.m. MT and the game will be broadcast live nationally on The Mtn.
• Tim Neverett (play-by-play) and Bob Donewald (analyst) will call the action courtside. The game can be found on Comcast Digital Cable (411) and DirecTV (616).
• Brian Roth will have the call on the Colorado State Sports Network, 560 AM KLZ (Denver) and 600 AM KCOL (Fort Collins).
• Streaming audio and Gametracker live stats are also available at CSURams.com.

Milestone watch: Entering Air Force game...
Pierce Hornung: needs 10 rebounds to reach 400 for his career, and is closing in on 100-career steals with 94 to his credit, nine away from matching Eric Friehauf (1988-90) for 10th in program history (103).
Wes Eikmeier: is two points shy of 600 for his career at Colorado State, and needs only 28 points for 700 at the DI level, including 75 points scored as a freshman at Iowa State. 
Dorian Green: is 13 points shy of 900 for his career at Colorado State.  At his current pace, and with at least nine games remaining in the Rams’ schedule in 2011-12, Green could eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season, to become the 19th player in program history to accomplish the feat. 
Will Bell: needs 22 points to reach 300 in two seasons in a Rams’ uniform since transferring to CSU from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.
Greg Smith: needs just three more points to reach 600 for his career at Colorado State.  
 
Miles vs. the Centennial State
• The steady improvement in the Colorado State men’s basketball team over the last four seasons under Head Coach Tim Miles can be seen in the Rams’ regular-season record vs. the other four NCAA Division I programs in the state of Colorado.
• In Miles’ first season, the Rams posted a 1-4 record against in-state rivals Colorado, Denver, Northern Colorado and Air Force (two games).
• During the 2008-09 season, Miles’ second at CSU, the Rams improved to 3-2 in those contests.
• In Miles’ third year, 2009-10, the Rams were impressive against their regional rivals, posting a 4-1 mark with the lone setback coming against a UNC team that went on to win 25 games.
• In 2010-11, the Rams once again posted a winning record vs. their in-state rivals, going 3-2 with wins over DU and UNC and a split vs. Air Force.
• With CSU’s 79-75 victory over Denver (Jan.11), the Rams improved to 3-0 to open the 2011-12 season vs. in-state rivals, having also pulled out a 65-54 win over Colorado (Nov. 30) and picked up a road win over Northern Colorado, 92-78, on Dec. 22. The Rams still have a pair of contests remaining in conference play against Air Force (Feb. 4 and March 3).
• Overall, Miles has led the Rams’ to a 14-9 record against in-state Division I rivals since taking over the program in 2007-08, and has compiled an impressive mark of 13-5 tally since the start of the 2008-09 campaign.


 

 

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