After going a month between victories earlier this season, the Air Force Falcons have reeled off two consecutive signature wins under interim head coach Dave Pilipovich. The most recent victory, a stunning 58-56 upset of No. 15 San Diego St, gave the Falcons their first win over a ranked opponent since 1992 and only the second win over a ranked opponent in program history.
Michael Lyons delivered a memorable performance in the upset victory. Lyons scored a team-high 27 points, including two key shots from behind the arc late in the second half, in 38 minutes of action.The only other player to score in double-figures for the Falcons was Max Yon, who scored 10 points in 20 minutes.
San Diego St. clearly missed Jamaal Franklin, and his 16 ppg, in the loss, as the Aztecs shot just 34.6% from the field as a team. The Aztecs completely dominated Air Force on the glass, as they outrebounded the Falcons by 23. However, only Chase Tapley and Tim Shelton were able to generate any rhythm on the offensive end, as they combined to score 30 points.
On the heels of a very impressive road victory over Wyoming, the Air Force Falcons have come out and played an excellent first half against No. 15 San Diego St. Thanks to an outstanding individual offensive performance from Michael Lyons, the Falcons and Aztecs are tied at 29 at the half.
Lyons was practically unstoppable in the opening 20 minutes, scoring a game-high 17 points on 6/10 shooting from the field. Lyons connected on 3/5 attempts from behind the arc and also recorded two steals in the opening half. Todd Fletcher was the only other offensive threat for the Falcons, as he added five points in the opening half.
Chase Tapley led the way for the Aztecs, scoring 10 points and pulling down five rebounds. Tim Shelton scored eight points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds for SDSU. The Aztecs were sloppy with the ball, committing eight turnovers.