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Air Force vs. Prairie View A&M: 3 Things to Watch

JAKE SCHALLER Updated: December 7, 2009 at 12:00 am

1. AIR FORCE’S LEGS

The Falcons played on the road Saturday night and did not return to the academy until late Sunday. So they had just one practice for tonight’s game. In addition, they’ve played the previous two games without three key members of their rotation (centers Sammy Schafer and Taylor Broekhuis and forward Tom Fow). Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds said Schafer (concussion) will not be available and Broekhuis (lower-leg muscle strain) is doubtful. Fow (concussion) practiced Monday with no contact and could be available.

2. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M F DARNELL HUGEE

The 6-foot-7 senior was a first-team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference performer last season and the league’s newcomer of the year. This season he leads the Panthers in scoring (13.0 points per game), rebounding (6.0 per game) and blocks (1.6 per game). The slender (205 pounds) and athletic forward has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. But he often struggles with foul trouble.

3. ANOTHER FALCON SCORER

Air Force has been at its best this season when a third – and sometimes fourth – player have complimented senior forward Grant Parker and junior guard Evan Washington. Parker and Washington each have scored in double figures in five of the Falcons' six games. In Saturday’s loss to Missouri State, Parker had 15, and Washington had 14. But no other Falcon had more than six. “We’ve got to have more productivity out of Taylor (Stewart), Mike (Lyons) and Mike McLain,” Reynolds said. “With us being so short-handed, those guys have got to step up.”

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