Virginia Military (1-0) vs. Air Force (1-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 12th, 10:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Clune Arena (5,858) -- USAFA, Colorado. Television: CBS Sports Network. Home Record: VMI 0-0, Air Force 1-0. Away Record: VMI 0-0, Air Force 0-0. Neutral Record: VMI 1-0, Air Force 0-0. Conference Record: VMI 0-0, Air Force 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Air Force Falcons and the Keydets of Virginia Military clash on the hardwood tonight in Colorado, as they battle in the title game of the first annual All-Military Classic at Clune Arena.
On Friday night, four service academies kicked off their respective 2011-12 campaigns at Clune Arena in a Veteran's Day event that has been contracted for a total of four years and will continue in 2012 at The Citadel. Speaking of the Bulldogs, VMI took care of that pesky bunch late last night in a thrilling 103-100 final in order to reach the title game against the Falcons.
Air Force played earlier in the evening and, despite being a defensive- oriented team for several years, the squad opened up the offense and managed to bring home an 87-71 win over the Army Black Knights in order to get the new campaign off on the right foot.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, this is the first-ever meeting.
Stan Okoye scored 19 points, leading six players in double figures, as the Keydets held on for the three-point win over The Citadel Bulldogs in the first round of the new tournament last night. Rodney Glasgow and Keith Gabriel both tallied 17 points for the Keydets, while reserve Jordan Weethee checked in with 15 points in just 15 minutes off the bench. Nick Gore chipped in 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while Ron Burks tallied 11 points. One of the most aggressive three-point shooting teams in Division I the last several seasons, VMI connected on just 7-of-26 shots beyond the arc on the night. Defensively the Keydets were a bit lax as they allowed The Citadel to shoot 52.3 percent from the floor, although they did end up forcing 15 turnovers in the up-tempo affair.
Michael Lyons posted game highs with 24 points and nine rebounds as he led the Air Force Falcons to the 16-point win over the Army Black Knights in the first round of the All-Military Classic last night. Lyons made good on 10-of-14 shots at the free-throw line for the Falcons as four starters scored in double figures for the academy in the season opener. Taylor Stewart accounted for 16 points and seven assists, Todd Fletcher 14 points and seven assists and Mike Fitzgerald 13 points and five rebounds before fouling out. The Falcons, one of the weakest rebounding teams in the nation last season, held a 39-26 edge on the glass and also benefited from forcing 24 turnovers, helping offset 23 miscues of their own. The scoring outburst for the Falcons was certainly unexpected given that the team averaged just 64.8 ppg a season ago and scored more than 80 points only twice in 2010-11.
With the Keydets letting loose from three-point range there will be plenty of rebounds to be had and this time around Air Force might not be as fortunate to be able to control the glass.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia Military 94, Air Force 85
11/12 10:45:25 ET