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District college notebook: Duquesne native leading Air Force

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By Staff Reports
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 12:06 a.m.

After a promising season in his first full year as men's basketball coach at Air Force, Dave Pilipovich has been in rebuilding mode.

The Duquesne native leads the Falcons into their regular-season finale Saturday against visiting Boise State hoping for a positive swing toward the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Air Force (11-17, 5-12) is the No. 10 seed in the tournament, which begins Wednesday.

The Falcons' roster includes one senior after the loss of several key players from last year's team.

Pilipovich, in his seventh season on the Air Force staff, was elevated to interim head coach in February 2012, replacing Jeff Reynolds, who was fired.

Pilipovich led Air Force to a 18-14 record in his first season in 2012-13, the fourth-most victories in a season for the program. Air Force reached the second round of the Tournament after posting its first postseason road victory with a 69-65 decision at Hawaii.

Pilipovich also became the first Air Force coach to lead a team to two victories over ranked teams in a season.

Hester honored

C.J. Hester was recognized as a second-team all-conference basketball player at West Liberty for a second consecutive season.

The 6-foot-4 junior from West Mifflin was leading West Liberty in rebounding for a third season in a row heading into the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference Tournament.

Hester, who was averaging 14.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game and shooting 61 percent, was on pace to become West Liberty's first career 1,000-rebound player.

As a sophomore, he also was named to the 2012-13 second team for the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which disbanded and reorganized as the Mountain East before the start of this season.

PSUGA trio cited

Three Penn State Greater Allegheny basketball players were named first-team all-Penn State University Athletic Conference.

Two women's players — senior guard Taylor Fulton and junor forard Christina Floyd — were honored along with junior Petrie Addison of the men's team.

Fulton, a West Mifflin product, topped 1,000 career points after averaging 19.2. She also led the conference in steals (135) and assists (261).

The 5-foot-11 Floyd led the league in rebounding (13.2 average) and was fourth in field-goal percentage (52.7).

Addison, a 6-6 guard, led the league in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double in points (24.5) and boards (12.2).

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