Air Force's Michael Lyons named MWC Player of the Week

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Air Force senior guard Michael Lyons has been named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games through February 17. This is the second career MW weekly accolade for Lyons.

Lyons averaged 36.0 points per game while shooting 60.9 percent from the field as Air Force split a pair of home MW outings last week. On Wednesday, the Newport News, Va., native converted 11-of-21 (.524) field goals and 3-of-4 (.750) free throws to finish with a game-high 27 points. He also had four assists, three rebounds and one steal as the Falcons snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Runnin’ Rebels with the 71-56 victory.

The senior guard followed that performance by scoring more points in a game than any Air Force player in over half a century when he netted a career-high 45 points on 17-of-25 (.680) shooting from the field. Lyons was 6-of-13 (.452) from three-point range and 5-of-8 (.625) from the free-throw line, while adding two rebounds and one steal. His 45 points, which rank as the third-highest scoring effort by a Division I player this season, were the third-most in a MW-only game in league history and tied for the fifth-most in a single game overall. In addition, Lyons registered the fifth-best scoring effort in program history, marking the most points scored by a Falcon since Bob Beckel tallied a school-record 50 against Arizona on Feb. 28, 1959. It was also the most points ever by a Falcon in a conference game.

For the week, Lyons scored 72 points in 71 minutes of action, while going 28-of-46 (.609) from the field, including 8-of-21 (.381) from 3-point range, and 8-of-12 (.667) from the free throw line.

2012-13 MW Men’s Basketball Players of the Week:
Nov. 12 Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Nov. 19 Deonte Burton, Jr., G, Nevada
Tony Snell, Jr., G, New Mexico
Nov. 26 Colton Iverson, Sr., C, Colorado State
Dec. 3 Derrick Marks, So., G, Boise State
Dec. 10 Anthony Bennett, Fr., F, UNLV
Dec. 17 Anthony Drmic, So., G/F, Boise State
Dec. 24 Pierce Hornung, Sr., F, Colorado State
Dec. 31 Alex Kirk, So., C, New Mexico
Jan. 7 Leonard Washington, Sr., F, Wyoming
Jan. 14 Alex Kirk, So., C, New Mexico
Jamaal Franklin, Jr., G, San Diego State
Jan. 21 Dorian Green, Sr., G, Colorado State
Jan. 28 JJ O’Brien, So., F, San Diego State
Feb. 4 Pierce Hornung, Sr., F, Colorado State
Feb. 11 Derrick Marks, So., G, Boise State
Feb. 18 Michael Lyons, Sr., G, Air Force