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Stephen Trembley
Fresno State Athletics Communications
March 1, 2010

A Return to Logan Presents a Special Start to March Madness

There is a rush - an exuberance - it is an indescribable feeling to walk into one the nation's premier environments in college basketball. As the visitors, there is a rite of passage to be universally hated but excited at the golden opportunity. This is the reason why young men across the country spend hours upon hours putting up shots after the lights turn off for the night and waking up for an extra intense workout This is an extra motivation to power through textbooks, explore the history's greatest novels and solve intricate math equations while declining a party invitation.

This is euphoria on one of the grandest stages.

"It is really exciting to be a part of that atmosphere," Fresno State sophomore Paul George said of the experience. "This is how it is supposed to be. I can't wait for the game tonight."

For those college basketball fans who have not made the trek to Logan, Utah and experienced "The Spectrum," the time is now to clear your calendar and plan your visit to the Cache Valley with a beautiful view of the Wasatch Mountains. And Fresno State makes at least one trip each season.

Steve Cleveland, the Bulldogs' head coach, is no stranger to the experience, especially for March Madness. When the `Dogs take the floor at 6 p.m. Pacific tonight in their WAC road finale, it will mark the fourth time in Cleveland's five seasons that Fresno State visits Utah State in the opening days of the month of March.

The Aggies defend their home floor like a bear protects their cub with a vigorous and relentless passion. They have won 64 of their past 66 home games, yet Fresno State is the only WAC school to win during that stretch when Kevin Bell scored a career-high 25 points and Dominic McGuire added 18 points in a truly thrilling 71-66 Bulldog victory on March 3, 2007. Cleveland remembers the day like it was yesterday as do assistant coach Senque Carey and director of basketball operations Don Slade, the remaining members of the staff with the team today. That feeling of winning, which is always a significant feat by a road team in Logan, fuels the competitive fire in everyone associated with the hardwood.

The month of March breeds a crazy source of energy and moments that can transcend generations.

Make sure you catch each second as the "Voice of the Bulldogs" Paul Loeffler and broadcasting legend Randy Rosenbloom paint a crystal clear picture from the floor of Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on KMJ Radio 580 AM or www.kmj580.com. You can also follow live stats on Gametracker.

Stephen Trembley
Fresno State Athletics Communications
Feb. 6, 2010

Aloha from the Islands!

I've been lucky enough to visit the beautiful state of Hawai'i a number of times in the past, but there is always something special coming with the Bulldogs. The surroundings are stunning, but a gym is still a gym.

With this being my second season with the team, I have had a front row seat to the transformation of this program. During today's practice session, the energy level might be higher than any road practice I have seen. Maybe it's the tropical aura, but everybody is in prime form and animated right now.

The team ran through some competitive drills and high-intensity situations with a distinct stress on staying aggressive and finding a way to win. With a victory tomorrow night, the Bulldogs can possibly move up a spot in the WAC standings depending on the outcome of the San Jose State-New Mexico State game and shore up a crystal clear opportunity to start the crucial month of February in style.

Paul George Update: Paul's ankle is continuing to get stronger and stronger each day. His official status for tomorrow night is still to be determined, but his presence as one of the team leaders has elevated the atmosphere from last week's tough road Idaho-Boise State road trip to a focus of drawing on strength's of each member on the team.

Stephen Trembley
Fresno State Athletics Communications
FRESNO, Calif.
Jan. 26, 2010

Wingers Rises From the Ashes, `Dogs Focused on Getting Road Win
Wingers is the talk of the town. It is one of the local restaurants across from campus and has become a living legend. When Fresno State made the trip to Moscow, Idaho, last season, the establishment had recently suffered a kitchen fire that shut down one of the Bulldogs' favorite road dinner stops. I have heard the wings are amazingly delicious and in a few hours, the hype will have an opportunity to live up to its legend.

Right now, the team is practicing in Memorial Gym, a old-style gym with two levels of seating and a brick exterior that is very functional. The effort has stepped up a notch, and after last Saturday's win over perennial conference foe Nevada without the Bulldogs leader in scoring, rebounding and steals, the resourcefulness and competitive fire can draw on Wingers as continued inspiration. Wingers rose from the ashes and rebounded from a painful moment. Fresno State is minus one of their starting five, but as Herb Brooks and many coaches have said, "With great challenges, come great opportunity." Brandon Sperling stepped in at small forward against the Wolf Pack and a host of other Bulldogs took advantage of that opportunity.

Tomorrow night is another great opportunity. The challenges on the road can turn a corner with a single letter, a "W." A win tomorrow night would move the Bulldogs one step closer to solidifying a spot in the WAC Tournament. Since every game matters, the heightened awareness of possibility is translating on the court.

Make sure to tune in to the Bulldog Sports Network (KAIL or www.espn360.com) tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. for Hittin' the Hardwood and tip at 7 p.m.


Josh Steele
Fresno State Athletics Communications
FRESNO, Calif.
Jan. 10, 2009

Steve Cleveland and Steven Shepp guide the helm of a potent Bulldog offense.

Strong First Half Powers Bulldogs in Win over WAC Rival Hawai'i

As fans filed into the Save Mart Center Saturday night to watch the Fresno State men's basketball team, you couldn't help but notice the high level of excitement and positive vibes in the air as 40 minutes of rivalry type basketball was about to take place.

The Bulldogs marched onto the floor Saturday night looking as if they were ready to make a statement against WAC rivals Hawaii, playing arguably their best first half of basketball this season.

The fierce rivalry that has developed between the two teams over the years has always led to close games and nail biting finishes including the 62-58 victory by the Bulldogs in last years WAC Tournament. But this game had a different flavor to it as the Bulldogs had different plans for the Warriors tonight winning by a decisive margin of 78-64.

The `Dogs came out of the gate playing aggressive lockdown defense giving the Warrior guards all that they could handle and some, causing 15 turnovers and giving up only 18 shot opportunities in route to a 47-29 halftime score.

Fresno State turned their hustle defense into effective offense, scoring 10 fast break points in the first half along with a 24-0 margin in the points off of turnovers category, giving the nearly 8,200 in attendance plenty to cheer about as the dogs repeatedly rocked the rim with electrifying dunks. Sophomores Paul George and Steven Shepp made their presence felt all over the court in the first half leading the charge for the Bulldogs. In the first 20 minutes, George scored 13 points and created offense for the Bulldogs dishing out four assists while Shepp added 10 points, two of which came on a fast break two-handed slam.

The `Dogs closed the first half in impressive form with a 19-5 run tha brought fans to their feet making the Save Mart Center arguably the loudest it has been all season. The 47 points scored in the first half of tonight's game against Hawaii marks the most points in one half by the Bulldogs this season and gives Fresno State fans a glimpse of the high power explosive offense the `Dogs are capable of.

With the win, the Bulldogs start out conference play at 2-0 for the first time since 2006-07 and look to carry momentum into Monday night's game as they jump from one conference rival to the next with long time foe San Jose State.

Stephen Trembley
Fresno State Athletics Communications
FRESNO, Calif.
Dec. 31, 2009

2010: The Chance to Show its "Built to Last"

The Bulldogs look to make a 2010 run for a WAC title.

The past 365 days have marked a period of series growth and development for a young Bulldog team ready to emerge as a contender in the Western Athletic Conference. Steve Cleveland returned to his hometown of Fresno in 2005 and over the past four and a half seasons has earned 70 victories. His dedication and philosophy remains on a steady mission to ensure his culture of winning basketball games and graduating student-athletes is "Built to Last" for generations to come.

As we look ahead to 2010, the athletic and motivated Bulldogs are ready to make their run. The Dogs start 2010 with three home games against WAC opponents (Boise State, Hawai'i and San Jose State). This is the time that Cleveland and the Bulldogs know they have a prime opportunity to show they can defend their home hardwood in the Doghouse of the Save Mart Center.

In the Cleveland Era, the Bulldogs have won more than 71 percent of their home games. With the start of a new calendar decade, the Dogs have hopes to keep that percentage rising and appreciate the loyal Red Wavers who show their support by taking the time to watch their high-flying, exciting brand of basketball that takes pride in feeding the low post, torching the scoreboard with 3-pointers and applying passionate defensive pressure to shut down their foes.

Enjoy your last day of 2009 and make sure to take some time in 2010 to watch your Bulldogs make a run for their sixth NCAA appearance in program history.


Stephen Trembley
Fresno State Athletics Communications
FRESNO, Calif.
Dec. 10, 2009

"Rekindling the Rivalry"- Coach Cleveland and BYU

The tireless work ethic and commitment to academics fostered through athletic competition earned a Fresno man one of the most coveted positions in college basketball.

After a successful run as leader of the Fresno City College program, Brigham Young University was looking for a new coach who embodied strong leadership skills and an honorable presence. The Cougars had suffered through a 1-25 season during 1996-97 and knew they wanted someone who could elevate their program. BYU selected Cleveland to reshape and redefine Cougar Basketball.

In eight years, Cleveland completely transformed the Cougar program into a consistent postseason factor on the national level.

After taking over the reins, Cleveland saw significant progress in just three short years as his newly thriving program went 22-11, advanced to the finals of the inaugural 2000 Mountain West Conference (MWC) Tournament and earned two NIT victories. BYU went 24-9 (10-4 MWC) in the 2000-01 season and tied for the league's regular season title, won the conference tournament, the school's first such title since 1992, and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.

A proven recruiter, Cleveland's stamp on the BYU program is indelible. Eight of his players were honored with a major conference award, including Rafael Araujo, who under Cleveland's tutelage became one of the top players in the MWC on his way to his selection in the 2004 NBA Draft with the No. 8 overall pick.

In five short seasons back in his hometown with the Bulldogs, Cleveland's mark on the Bulldog Basketball program has already been realized with the largest Academic Progress Rate improvement in the nation, the team's first Academic All-District honoree, a return of a full complement of scholarships, a postseason appearance and the respect of a community ready for Bulldog Basketball to return to glory. However, the connection between the programs and communities will always be strong.

Laura Hachman
Fresno State Athletics Communications
FRESNO, Calif.
Dec. 7, 2009

Rekindling the Rivalry: The Beginning- 1935
The then defending Far West Conference Champions Fresno State kicked off the FS vs. BYU series 74 years ago on December 30, 1935 in Provo, Utah with BYU picking up a 63-54 victory over the `Dogs. That initiated a series that would become a hot rivalry 60 years later. The matchup's first meeting was followed by two-game series in back-to-back days in the 1935-1936 and 1936-37 seasons, which delivered Bulldog fans another helping of "tough" competition as BYU again swept the two-game series and wouldn't play the `Dogs again for 56 years.

When it came to home events, Fresno State hosted visiting teams at what is now the current Fresno City College campus off McKinley Ave., a venue the `Dogs called home for many years. Fresno State endured long travel time in the 30's, traveling to destinations such as Provo, Utah and other out-of-state opponents by bus or train. The team went on the road for 11 games before playing in front of their home crowd in 1935, a stretch that started at Southern Oregon and ended at BYU, who swept all four games against the Bulldogs in two seasons.

Although it was an era of traditionally slower play, both the `Dogs and the Cougars averaged more than 47 points per game in their matchups. Because of the "slower" pace of game throughout this time, the rules of the game were changed to push faster action and increase scoring. The 1930's also marked the first radio broadcasts of sporting events, namely by Fresno State's own KMJ radio, who broadcasted every single game as they do today. As it was a time of obstacles and tribulations for all coming off the Great Depression, there was a great deal of inspiration of new promotions, one of which was the college doubleheader and other comical, sports films. Today, the Bulldogs travel on planes and play two-three games per week, but the opposition and tradition of Bulldog basketball, along with traditions of KMJ radio still live at the Fresno State campus and on the hardwood floors on the Save Mart Center.

Stephen Trembley
Fresno State Athletics Communications
Nov. 17, 2009

A Year Ago the Nation Met Paul George (12:24 p.m. MT
As ESPN's College Hoops Tip Off runs its 24-hour marathon of college basketball action today, the 2008 version showcased a talented freshman from Palmdale, Calif. for a brief, but memorable glimpse of Paul George dunking on a pair of Saint Mary's defenders with one of the loudest and most powerful slam dunks last season.

Take a trip down memory lane by viewing the video that has been seen by more than 94,500 people in 365 days.

Turn your radio dial to KMJ 580 AM or listen online (www.kmj580.com) to the `Voice of the Bulldogs' Paul Loeffler and broadcasting veteran Randy Rosenbloom for tonight's game versus the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at the highest elevation (over 7,000 feet) for a Fresno State men's basketball game in recent history.

You can also watch the game on Fox Sports Net Arizona on various sport television packages or have dinner at the Red Zone Sports Grill at the northwest corner of Cedar & Shepherd Avenues for the "Official Watch Party" of Bulldog Basketball.

The tip will be at 6:35 p.m. local time (5:35 p.m. Pacific for those back in Fresno).

Stephen Trembley
Fresno State Athletics Communications
Nov. 16, 2009

Passing Through the Desert (6:16 p.m. MT)
As we left the Phoenix airport by bus earlier today, we ran to light traffic before noticed Air Force Two sitting on the tarmac for Vice President's Joe Biden first visit to the state of Arizona since taking office.

Our trek to Flagstaff is about a two hour trip and Interstate 17 is a cactus-laced gradual incline up through the desert to about 3000 feet before level off near Sunset Point. The scenic drive through the mountain terrain ended 6,910 feet above sea level on a brisk, but sunny day in the city made famous by Route 66.

After a detailed film session and run-through on the floor of the J.C. Rolle Activity Center, the Bulldogs concluded the travel day with a dinner at a local restaurant before getting some rest for tomorrow's key road opener.

The Red Wave can watch the game live on FSN Arizona or listen to the voices of Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom on KMJ 580 AM or www.kmj580.com for a second-by-second account of the game.

Bulldog Notes from the Road:

  • This will be first game played by the Bulldog men's basketball team to the city of Flagstaff, Ariz. in the program's history.
  • Fresno State looks to stay perfect against Northern Arizona, as the Dogs have won the first four contests.
    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Athletics Communications
    FRESNO, Calif.
    Nov. 14, 2009

    Sophomore Paul George (24) earned SI.com's distinction as the "Most Entertaining Player" in the West.

    ESPN's Katz Sees Bulldogs as a "Program on the Rise" (3:03 p.m. PT)
    With the first official tip of the 2009-10 regular season hours away, the dramatic evolution of the Fresno State men's basketball program since the arrival in 2005 of Steve Cleveland and his passionate commitment to both academic and athletic success is stark and rejuvenating.

    ESPN's Andy Katz, a former Fresno Bee reporter who previously covered the Bulldog Basketball beat, spotlighted ten programs he views as "primed to rise" this season and included Fresno State, who returns six letterwinners and adds seven newcomers for a roster full of athleticism, talent and a renewed emphasis on defensive pressure.

    "Paul George. Can I say it again? Paul George. He is a star and one of the NEXT athletes ESPN has been pushing."
    Andy Katz, ESPN Senior College Basketball Writer

    Here is an excerpt from his blog post on his outlook for Fresno State:

    Reason for optimism: Paul George. Can I say it again? Paul George. He is a star and one of the NEXT athletes ESPN has been pushing. The Bulldogs under Steve Cleveland have been all over the place, but there is a sense that things should settle down in a league that doesn't have an intimidating team. Sure, Utah State is the favorite in the WAC, and Nevada has Luke Babbitt, but it's not as if Fresno State can't climb from three wins to at least eight in the league.

    What could happen: The Bulldogs should be in the mix, at least in the middle of the pack.

    What's likely to happen: Expect Fresno State to affect the WAC race but fall short of a postseason berth.

    The other schools Katz added to the list of ten were: Georgia Tech, Iowa, Oregon, St. John's, Indiana, Charlotte, Rice, Florida Atlantic and Hartford.

    To read the Katz's full analysis on the ten teams: visit: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4647328&name=katz_andy

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    Sept. 22, 2009

    Bulldogs Projected to Finish Fourth by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook (1:15 p.m.)
    With Fresno State returning three key starters and adding critical pieces to their foundation, the Dogs are excited about the upcoming 2009-10 season. After finishing last year in the WAC Quarterfinals against top-seeded Utah State, head coach Steve Cleveland will turn to his veterans and newcomers to make a statement in his fifth campaign with his hometown Bulldogs.

    The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook announced this morning their projection of Fresno State to finish fourth in the WAC, which, if achieved, would mark the best finish since 2006-07 when Cleveland and the Dogs earned the program's ninth appearance in the NIT.

    Here is the full list:


    1. New Mexico State
    2. Utah State
    3. Nevada
    4. Fresno State
    5. San Jose State
    6. Louisiana Tech
    7. Idaho
    8. Boise State
    9. Hawai'i

    F-Luke Babbitt, SO, Nevada
    F-Roderick Flemings, SR, Hawai'i
    G-Jahmar Young, JR, New Mexico State
    G-Mac Hopson, SR, Idaho
    G-Adrian Oliver, JR, San Jose State

    Luke Babbitt, SO, Nevada

    Dwain Williams, JR, Hawaii

    For more information on the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, visit: www.blueribbonyearbookonline.com

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    Sept. 4, 2009

    Numbers Chosen, New Additions (11:15 a.m. PT)
    With the start of the fall semester, the men's basketball team started individual skill development workouts and continue to prepare for the upcoming season. Over the next few months, we will give you a closer look at what the guys did this summer and a preview of what the Red Wave will see this winter on the hardwood.

    We are very close to releasing the full 2009-10 schedule as we are waiting for just one final contract to be completed. Let's just say that Bulldog Basketball fans who love the history of the storied program are going to be pretty excited for this special night.
    EDITOR'S NOTE: I want to thank everyone who e-mailed me about this news. The storied program I was referring to is us, Fresno State, as a reference I often make to our four NCAA appearances, nine NIT appearances (including the '83 Championship) and 16 conference titles. As the Bulldogs start their 86th basketball season, the program looks to continue to tell the stories of our student-athletes and showcase the tradition of Fresno State basketball.

    I just updated the roster sheet and you may notice the addition of the incoming freshmen and transfers to the roster as well as one number change. For the full 2009-10 roster, click here.

    Here are the numbers for the new additions:

  • #2 Jonathan Wills
  • #11 Jerry Brown, Jr.
  • #12 Steven Shepp
  • #20 Garrett Johnson
  • #22 Greg Smith

    And the one number change:

  • #3 Taylor Kelly (formerly #22)

    GO DOGS!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    July 12, 2009

    Summer Hoops Spotlight (10:42 p.m. PT)
    This past week, KMPH's Jessob Reisbeck spent some time on campus at the Student Recreation Center with three key returners, sophomores Paul George and Brandon Sperling as well as redshirt freshman Taylor Kelly. The young returners look ready to go for 2009-10.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    July 9, 2009

    GoBulldogs.com Gets New Look (6:45 p.m. PT)
    Today, we launched a completely redesigned and fresh look to www.gobulldogs.com. It's loaded with new features and a cleaner design to provide you the latest and most in-depth information about Fresno State Athletics. I hope you like it and feel free to explore.

    Start getting ready for Bulldog hoops to return to the Save Mart Center this fall. Let's just say the team is working hard in the weight room, staying dedicated in the gym and excited to play in front of packed crowds at home. We are closing in on four months to tip-off...

    GO DOGS!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    April 16, 2009

    A Sneak Peek (2:45 p.m. PDT)

    Paul George

    When one basketball season ends, the preparations for the next begin immediately. Over the past months, the team has continued to work on getting stronger and sharper to elevate their game for the 2009-10 basketball season. The coaches have scoured the country recruiting talented prospects and continuing to build on the solid foundation already in place here at Fresno State.

    We do have a couple of previews of some updated material for you to view on www.gobulldogs.com.

    Sylvester Seay

    1. `Dog Prints: A New Collection of Photos Featuring Your Bulldogs
    The first two sets of photo galleries that allow you to view some of the best photos from the 2008-09 season are ready for you to view. Click the links below to relive some high-flying and sharp-shooting from Fresno State's 2008-09 leading scorer (Sylvester Seay) and top rebounder (Paul George). The series of `Dog Prints will continue to expand in the near future.
    PHOTO GALLERY: Paul George - 'Dog Prints
    PHOTO GALLERY: Sylvester Seay - 'Dog Prints

    2. Updated 2008-09 Student-Athlete Biographies and Statistics
    By clicking on the Roster page, you can review the vital elements of the 2008-09 season of all your Bulldogs.
    Click HERE to view the updated roster and statistics. For statistics, click on the individual student-athlete for their respective statistics

    3. Season Review
    An in-depth look-back at the 2008-09 season is available in PDF form. A bigger release is on the horizon, but I wanted to post it here first as we continue to add more content to the Bulldog Blog.
    Click HERE to view the PDF release.

    4. Wallpapers Available
    While these have been up for awhile, it is a perfect time for a reminder that desktop wallpapers are available of graduating senior guard Dwight O'Neil, sophomore Academic All-District honoree Nedeljko Golubovic and freshman standout Paul George.
    Click HERE to view all the Fresno State Wallpapers

    5. More is on the Way
    This is just a brief start at the new content. There is some exciting work being done right now to provide even more content and dynamic interactive features for you to enjoy of your favorite Bulldogs.

    The 2009-10 season is less than seven months away. Keep checking www.gobulldogs.com for a behind-the-scenes look at the offseason.

    And as always, GO DOGS!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    RENO, Nev.
    March 10, 2009

    It's Win-or-Go Home Time!
    Postseason Starts Tonight!!!!
    After a five-hour bus ride up here to the "Biggest Littlest City in the World " yesterday, there is a look in the eye of these ninth-seeded Bulldogs of an intense focus on doing whatever it takes to win. I've had the opportunity to watch this team from the very beginning, filled with plenty high moments but also a healthy dose of adversity. Prior to the season, the automatic response of each student-athlete to their ultimate goal for this season: "Win the WAC Tournament!" That goal is still attainable as the season's slate is now fresh with a clear path to redemption and euphoria. Coach Bob Donewald's words of staying focused with 100 percent effort for 40 minutes are still resonating throughout the roster.

    The team just finished up their final practice before tonight's main event --- a first round meeting with the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors. This is the `Dogs third and final chance to take care of business against the `Bows in the only game that really matters.

    The bottom line: Tonight is an elimination game. Period. End of discussion. No way to sugar coat it. The winner survives and advances while the loser goes home. Everything comes down to playing your best 40 minutes of basketball.

    You can listen to the game (tip slated for 7:30 p.m. PDT) live with the play-by-play call by Paul Loeffler and analysis by Randy Rosenbloom on KMJ580 or www.kmj580.com.


    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    MOSCOW, Idaho
    March 7, 2009

    Donewald's Advice (7:16 p.m. PST)
    Countdown to Postseason: 3 Days
    Last night at practice, our head coach Steve Cleveland asked Coach Bob Donewald (our color analyst for the Bulldog Sports Network during men's basketball games) to talk with the team about how to elevate their game at the most important time of the year. Donewald was an assistant coach under another legendary coach - Bob Knight - at Indiana when the Hoosiers went undefeated on their way to the 1976 national championship. Now retired from coaching, Donewald brings an insightful perspective to the Bulldogs and watches most of our road WAC practices. This was a perfect opportunity to channel some of his experience to spark the Bulldogs before their regular season finale while looking for an extremely elusive first road WAC victory.

    Donewald spoke of the need to give 100 percent effort and focus for an entire 40 minutes of basketball. He noticed how the Bulldogs have the talent to compete with anybody in the conference, but they have to find a way to break through the wall of finding ways to win ball games on a consistent basis. The `Dogs appeared to take each of Donewald's words and process how to apply them to tonight's game against the Vandals.

    This is the final of 32 regular season games and the last chance to get some valuable game experience before next week's win-or-go-home WAC tournament in Reno.

    Notes from the Road:

  • The Bulldogs are meeting the Vandals for the second time in only eight days, the shortest span between games with any single opponent all season
  • You may notice the coaching staff is missing a couple of members at tonight's game. Both assistant coaches - Senque Carey and Lee Moon - on the road recruiting and will rejoin the team before the trip to Reno for the WAC Tournament.
  • Tonight is Senior Night for the Vandals - this marks the first time the Bulldogs will play during an opponent's senior night this season
  • The Cowan Spectrum - the site of tonight's game is played inside of the "Kibbie Dome" with black drapes to reduce the size of the smallest football facility in Division I.
  • Winger's - a popular restaurant in Moscow, Idaho - is recovering from a fire and is closed during repairs. The local eatery had been slated as the team's (and TV production crew's) dinner spot last night before receiving notice of the fire.
  • The snow on the ground and the 25 degree weather is the coldest and most inclement weather the Bulldogs have been faced this season. But it didn't stop a couple of players of enjoying the indoor track (also inside the Kibbie Dome) from getting in some sprints before the game.

    You can watch the game on the Bulldog Sports Network... the game just started!


    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    BOISE, Idaho
    March 5, 2009

    I hope you are watching the Bulldog Sports Network as the Bulldogs take the floor here in the Taco Bell Arena. We are moments away from the tip. The 'Dogs are looking for a very elusive and slippery first WAC road victory that would just happen to give our Bulldogs the first series sweep over Boise State since 2003.

    GO DOGS!!!!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    BOISE, Idaho
    March 4, 2009

    Let it Snow! (6:35 p.m. MST)
    Countdown to Postseason: 6 Days
    With the number of games remaining on the schedule (3 and hopefully more... if you count the postseason), the sense of urgency and focus in the team has sharpened. All the work - from pre-college ball to offseason workouts and the thousands of hours practicing for the 30 games already in the books --- has been designed to prepare a group of student-athletes to excel at this time of year.

    We landed in Boise, Idaho, a few hours ago on the first leg of our final regular season road trip and our only trip to the Gem State. Shortly after checking into our hotel, snow started falling, which marked the first time over the course of the season that the `Dogs have seen snow on the road.

    The team is on the floor right now in the Taco Bell Arena, Boise State's home court, practicing for tomorrow night's game. By recording an 88-82 victory over the Broncos on Feb. 9 in Fresno, the Bulldogs have a shot to register their first season sweep over Boise State since 2003.

    Keep checking the blog for updates from the Bulldogs on the road...

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    March 1, 2009

    Head Coach Steve Cleveland earned his 200th career win last Thursday as the 'Dogs hit the final stretch of their 2008-09 campaign.

    The Meaning of 200 and the Impact of Finishing Strong
    Countdown to Postseason: 9 Days
    The blog is celebrating the official start of March Madness as we start the countdown to the 2009 WAC Tournament.

    Before we look ahead, we need to take a moment to recognize a significant milestone for our head coach, Steve Cleveland. Last week, there was little fanfare when the final horn sounded as Cleveland earned his 200th career win because the result on the scoreboard for this team --- a team that has been through more than a fair share of adversity, struggles and youth --- meant so much more than a trip down memory lane for the head coach in his 12th season as a Division I basketball coach.

    "Both of the places I have coached (BYU and Fresno State) were situations where I had to build from the ground up and develop a program," Cleveland reflected on his career. "In that kind of a situation, you have a lot of really meaningful wins. Our wins these past couple of weeks over UC Davis and Nevada were truly great moments for this team that is coming together down the stretch."

    The `Dogs found a way to finish --- an elusive commodity that kept slipping away for so many games. That ability to finish showed up on Saturday, Feb. 21 with a 71-70 BracketBusters win over UC Davis and appeared again on Thursday night as Fresno State picked up a 68-66 victory against Nevada --- the first time the Bulldogs beat the Wolf Pack since 2006.

    Cleveland is a reserved, but passionate man. He has charted a course for this team and can see the horizon that for so long kept fading behind clouds. In many conversations with the team, Cleveland continually tells the student-athletes that their time is now and they can beat anybody in this league. As someone who has seen every game along with many of the peaks and challenges these 'Dogs have faced on and off the court from start to finish, they can compete with anyone on any given day. A clean slate at the most magical time of the year for college basketball might just be the perfect recipe to reach the horizon a little earlier than projected.

    The last two games promise at least 40 more minutes of game preparation for the part of the season that really matters --- the postseason.

    Buy your tickets to Reno for the WAC Tournament as you never know what you may witness. The 'Dogs open play on Tuesday in the First Round against either the University of Hawai'i or Louisiana Tech at 7:30 p.m. PST. live on KMJ 580 AM with Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom describing the action.

    GO DOGS!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    DAVIS, Calif.
    Feb. 21, 2009

    An Aggie Equation (5:55 p.m. PST)

    2(Utah State Aggies) + 2(New Mexico State Aggies) + 1(UC Davis Aggies) = 5 of the past 13 Bulldog Basketball games

    It's not too often that a team plays another mascot five times during the regular season. In fact, it is believed to be the first time in school history that Fresno State has faced a single mascot --- the "Aggies" --- five times in one regular season.

    With Utah State and New Mexico State holding the "Aggies" title, the feat becomes easier for members of the Western Athletic Conference to accomplish this task, yet the situation is still rare. Most importantly, Fresno State hopes that the fifth time is the charm tonight as they look to earn a way over the Aggies for the first time this year.

    Despite the 183 miles (which is just over a three-plus hour road trip from Fresno to Davis) separating Fresno State and UC Davis, tonight is the renewal of a longtime rivalry that dates back to the Bulldogs' inaugural season and the first major college the storied Fresno State program played in 1922. The two schools last played each other in basketball on Dec. 1, 1983, when the Bulldogs cruised to a 92-49 victory. Fresno State looks to extend a 10 game winning streak over the Aggies of UC Davis, as the Bulldogs are winners of 17 of the last 18 contests.

    Make sure to turn your radio dial to 580 (AM) or surf over to www.kmj580.com to listen to the tandem of Randy Rosenbloom and Steve Gonzalez describe the action from here in Davis, Calif. on the campus of the University of California at Davis. The pre-game show will start at 6 p.m., followed by the tip slated for 7:03 p.m. PST.

    GO DOGS!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    Feb. 16, 2009

    Time Out Giving Away a FREE Nintendo Wii to a Fresno State student (11:55 a.m. PST)

    Students get FREE Tickets to men's basketball games and also have the chance.... if you are LOUD and CRAZY... to win a Nintendo Wii at Thursday night's nationally televised game against Hawai'i in the Save Mart Center. The first 150 students will also get a FREE Fresno State t-shirt. It's a big night on Thursday... so don't miss it. The game starts at 8 p.m.

    Click HERE to show your Bulldog pride by visiting the official Facebook page for more information on Thursday night's game.

    Watch Time Out and his friends playing with his Wii by clicking the video below...

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    RUSTON, La.
    Feb. 13, 2009

    Adapting to the Road (10:55 p.m. MST)

    Living life on the road is a different pace. It's a different culture. Throw in taking five-plus college classes and you have yourself a full slate multiplied a couple of times. This life is "normal" for student-athletes.

    After having a post-game meal and going to sleep in Ruston last night, the team woke up bright and early by 6:30 a.m. for a hot breakfast at the hotel before leaving sharply at 7 a.m. for the airport. Most of the guys took advantage of the roughly hour bus ride to Shreveport from Ruston to get some more sleep. I would imagine that nobody on the team realized we took a detour to avoid a crash on the interstate that sent cattle all over the road. Now, I didn't actually witness this bizarre scene as our staff in the car that did --- filled with our production crew --- made it to the airport in time to get 2 of 7 people onto our commuter plane over to Dallas. Their status will come later in the blog. So, we get to the small, but quaint airport in Shreveport and walk down the steps to our 40-plus passenger jet. The flight was smooth and involved more sleeping for the majority of the roster.

    We even happened to join Louisiana Tech Athletics Director/Head Football Coach Derek Dooley for the trip. Our play-by-play announcer Paul Loeffler showed Coach Dooley the image of the cover of "Underdogs to Wonderdogs." The significance of this was that the school Fresno State beat in the CWS championship, Georgia, had its own set of "Wonderdogs" more than 30 years ago. That was what the 1978 Georgia football team, coached by Dooley's dad Vince, came to be known as. Dooley led Georgia to a national championship a few years later in 1980. There will always be a strong bond between schools that are proud to be Bulldogs.

    With a short layover at DFW, we had enough time to grab a quick bite to eat for lunch. The five (and previously stranded) other members of the production crew made it to the gate with a couple minutes to spare, yet, we had a feeling that their baggage might not be making it (it didn't... this is why a complimentary toothbrush and toothpaste from a hotel front desk can be a life-saver.) We enjoyed a bigger plane for the slightly longer journey to El Paso. I got a chance to get some work in on the plane - labeling some photos from Monday night's win over Boise State. (Thanks to Gary Belman for taking the pictures). El Paso has a nice airport --- just the right size and local flavor. Our bus driver took us on a shortcut from the airport to get around some construction while we made the trek to Las Cruces.

    The team had about a half hour to get adjusted before study hall, which happens on every road trip during the semester. Associate Head Coach Jeff Reinert then led the team through a scouting film session before tonight's practice on the campus of New Mexico State University. Dinner followed practice and I now sit in the hotel room giving you a behind-the-scenes look at our journey today. This is just a snapshot. Each day brings a new challenge and opportunity. Tomorrow night is another challenge and opportunity. With just seven games to go before the WAC tournament, a renewed sense of urgency surrounds this young team establishing its identity.

    Make sure to tune into to KAIL or www.espn360.com to watch Hittin' the Hardwood at 5:30 p.m. PST, followed by our Bulldogs playing the Aggies live at 6 p.m. PST. for your "tailgate" festivities and best choice for Valentine's Day entertainment (it's free and nothing can beat Bulldog Basketball!).

    GO DOGS!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 11, 2009
    RUSTON, La.

    11:20 p.m. CST
    After a focused practice working primarily on their strategic game plan for tomorrow's second meeting of the season with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, we had a team dinner at a local restaurant and came back to the hotel for a low-key night getting adjusted to the two-hour time difference between Fresno and Ruston.

    This week, with road games here in Ruston and a trip over to Las Cruces, Fresno State will double the amount of games they will have played outside the Pacific time zone as the Bulldogs hold experience in only two contests outside the Pacific time zone this season. The `Dogs met the Utah State Aggies in Logan, Utah (Jan. 15) and battled the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors last week (Feb. 5).

    Fresno State is looking for their first win of the year outside their home time zone.

    But, it is time to get some rest with an action-packed day capped with the battle of Bulldogs.


    5:51 p.m. CST
    Hey Bulldog fans! We are back on the road. The men's basketball team just arrived in Ruston, La. in preparation for tomorrow's Battle with the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech.

    After the long trip (mileage wise at more than 1,913 miles), the team will watch some film here at the hotel at 6 p.m. (Central Time) before heading over to Karl Malone Court for a brief practice later tonight.

    You can watch tomorrow night's game on the Bulldog Sports Network, which airs in Fresno on KAIL (MY 53/Comcast 13) as well as online at both www.gobulldogs.com and www.espn360.com. It is also slated to be included on ESPN Full Court. Ralph Wood and Bob Donewald will provide the play-by-play and analysis. Ralph and Bob also host, "Hittin' the Hardwood," a 30-minute pre-game show (starting at 4:30 p.m. PST) featuring an in-depth look at Bulldog Basketball and Fresno State Athletics.

    We are on a tight schedule, so I get another post up in a few hours, but thanks for reading the blog and GO DOGS!

    Josh Steele
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Feb. 9, 2009
    FRESNO, Calif.

    9:07 p.m
    The 'Dogs just earned their most impressive win of the season with a 88-82 win over the second place Boise State Broncos.

    With 20 seconds, Fresno State held a six-point lead. The Bulldogs get the ball in to Paul George to run down the clock until the Broncos foul and send him to the line. George hits both free throws putting the nail in the coffin and the Broncos away for good. Paul George earned his sixth double-double of the season with 29 points and 10 boards including a near perfect shooting performance going 9-11 from the field including 3-4 from beyond the arc and a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Needless to say No. 24 had the hot hand tonight. Sylvester Seay added 23 points for the Bulldogs.

    8:50 p.m.
    Get out your dancing shoes because its time for the Comcast dance cam, where all of the youngsters in the Save Mart Center come down to the floor and show off their dance moves with the Fresno State Spirit Squad. Now it always seems to be the same little guy right there front and center doing his all impressive break dancing and Cotton-Eyed Joe dance moves. Even the Boise State players and coaches can't help but stop, watch and smile at five-year old Ricky Oaks.

    When asked how long he had been dancing for Oaks replied, "For I would say probably about 30 days."

    Oaks say's he learned his amazing dance moves from watching TV. Oaks comes to every single home game and knows exactly what time he is supposed to make his way down to the floor to participate in the dancing activities.

    "My favorite players are the dunking man (aka Paul George), and number two {Bryce Cartwright}," Oaks said.

    8:05 p.m.
    It's halftime and the fans stand to applaud and meet the 2009 Fresno State softball team. The NCAA's all-time winningest coach Margie Wright introduced the players to the sound of loud cheers from the crowd. She announced the meet and greet the team will be hosting on Sunday, Feb. 15 at River Park and also encouraged fans to come out to the Bulldogs home opener on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. As the team left the floor they threw out Supercuts t-shirts to the loudest fans.

    Sylvester Seay hits a 3-pointer from a different area code as the horn sounds for halftime, giving the bulldogs a 16 point lead and capping off arguably their most electrifying half of the season as they put up 45 points on 48% shooting from the field while defensively holding the Broncos to a mere 29 points on 36% shooting. Paul George led the Bulldogs shooting 7-8 from the field scoring 19 points.

    The crowd comes alive with two minutes remaining in the first half as Mychal Ladd steals the inbound pass, draws the foul and hits the shot sending him to the line for the three point play. Ladd added the free-throw giving the Bulldogs momentum and an 11 point lead.

    7:25 p.m.
    During the timeout, Fresno State fans gave sophomore forward Nedeljko Golubovic a standing ovation for being the first ever Bulldog basketball player to get the Academic All-District award with an impressive 3.76 cumulative GPA.

    7:21 p.m.
    And the crowd is on their feet as Fresno States Bryce Cartwright dishes to Paul George, who hits a three from the wing to force a Boise State timeout. The three caps a big 7-0 run giving the Bulldogs a double digit lead. Out of the timeout a Fresno State steal leads to an electrifying fast break DUNK by Paul George!

    7:05 p.m.
    Its American Red Cross night at the Save Mart Center and the crowd is amped and on their feet ready for the tip-off of tonight's game against the Boise State Broncos. The student section is filled with approximately 90 Red Cross volunteers including the Bulldog volleyball team.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    HONOLULU, Hawai'i.
    February 4, 2009

    8:08 p.m. HST

    Honoring A Day That Will Live In Infamy

    Members of the Fresno State men's basketball team visited Pearl Harbor this morning.

    It was a calm, sunny morning on the south side of O'ahu --- much like a painful day that stills lives in infamy over six score and eight years ago as men and women at Pearl Harbor endured and fought back against an aggressive Japanese attack that killed thousands of Americans.

    Coach Cleveland presented a special opportunity to his team to see the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor this morning in a voluntary team activity. Twelve members of our Bulldog travel group met down in our hotel lobby for a 6:45 a.m. departure to pay tribute to history.

    After arriving at the harbor, we walked down to the water to look out at a peaceful scene. There is simply a feeling in the air of sacrifice and suffering with a distinct appreciation for comradeship and the fighting spirit required for freedom.

    Over the course of a season, we are lucky enough to travel to great parts of the country and today yielded no exception. As a part of a 75-plus minute program, we learned about the events that sparked the battles of World War II through an extended video showcasing rare footage of both Japanese fighters and the United States response before taking a ferry out to the memorial. In my short 23 years, I have seen memorials all across the country, but I can honestly say, the USS Arizona Memorial stands out as truly one-of-a -kind. The quick ferry ride takes you out to the exact location where the USS Arizona sank on Dec. 7, 1941 to a platform above the battleship. The platform serves a shrine with the names of those who lost their lives engraved on a wall. There are few parts of the ship at or above the surface of the water, but with the trade winds blowing briskly and sun beaming - the magnitude of that day soaks into your heart when you realize you are standing above a massive cemetery. The volunteer staff at the memorial told stories of how survivors from that day often ask to be set to rest with their fellow soldiers when they, themselves, pass on.

    The team walked off the ferry after we left the memorial as different men. Anyone who takes the time to visit Pearl Harbor does.

    For more information about Pearl Harbor, visit: www.nps.gov/usar

    Other Notes From the Islands:

  • Seven of the eleven Bulldogs here in O'ahu have never been to the state of Hawai'i before this trip, with the four others making the trip last year for Fresno State's yearly meeting the WAC-rival Rainbow Warriors.
  • Tonight's practice was arguably the most vocal of the year, in a good way, as the team focuses on communication and sharpening their execution
  • The `Dogs will face their second direct t-shirt marketing promotion of the season as Hawai'i is asking their fans to wear white to the game for a "White Out" in the Stan Sheriff Center. The Rainbow Warriors should note that the other time (a "Black Out") came back on Dec. 6, 2008 in Fresno State's first road victory of the season in a 66-64 win over the Pacific Tigers. (Extra Note: a win tomorrow night would be the Bulldogs' first WAC road victory this year.)

    10:28 a.m. HST

    Aloha from O'ahu

    Good morning from the Valley Isle...

    The Bulldogs are on the islands and preparing for tomorrow night's game with the Rainbow Warriors on "White Out" Night in the Stan Sheriff Center. The broadcast starts at 8:30 p.m. PST with Hittin' the Hardwood, followed by the WAC battle. You can watch the game on the Bulldog Sports Network (KAIL-TV) or www.espn360.com.

    This morning, 12 of us took time to experience the Pearl Harbor Memorial. After an overcast afternoon yesterday, the skies opened up for a beautiful sunny morning on the harbor with some brisk trade winds. Check the blog later today for a detailed account of the morning. The guys really enjoyed the trip and have some great stories to share. It was a perfect start to the day.

    "Mahalo" for taking the time to check in on the team and I am looking forward to giving you some updates from the trip...

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    February 2, 2009

    Seay's 60-Foot Buzzer-Beating Miracle to Force Overtime with the First-Place Utah State Aggies

    Alyssa Chambers
    Media Relations
    Jan. 31, 2009
    FRESNO, Calif.

    5:23 p.m. PST

    Coaches vs. Cancer
    Coaches vs. Cancer "Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend," a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and the American Cancer Society (the Society), began yesterday at colleges and universities across the country and continues through tomorrow. Tonight at the Fresno State men's basketball game vs. WAC-leading Utah State, coaches and staff will participate.

    Participating NABC-member coaches will wear sneakers instead of dress shoes with their usual game attire during weekend games to demonstrate their support for the Society and the fight against cancer. As well, fans and staff are encouraged to wear sneakers to games to demonstrate their support.

    The V Foundation to raise money for Cancer Research is in honor of former NC State head coach Jimmy Valvano who passed of cancer in 1993.

    By lacing up sneakers with their suits, participating coaches nationwide will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. For those who do not smoke, weight control, exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to improve health and reduce cancer risk. Obesity has been shown to increase the risk for many forms of cancer, including breast, prostate, and colon cancers and may account for 20 percent of cancer deaths in women and 14 percent in men.

    However, according to a 2006 survey, only eight percent of people understand that excess weight is so strongly linked to cancer risk, while more than 80 percent know of the link between overweight and heart disease. Overweight and obesity are of particular concern in minority populations, with higher rates of both reported for Hispanic men and women and for African American women, than for non-Hispanic white adults.

    "'Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend' provides a tremendous opportunity for college basketball coaches nationwide to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society's work to fight the disease and save lives, said Maryland coach Gary Williams, 2008-09 chair of the Coaches vs. Cancer Council. "The money raised through 'Suits and Sneakers' will fund vital research and support numerous services for cancer patients, their families and caregivers."

    In addition to Williams, who won an NCAA Championship in 2002, among other active Coaches vs. Cancer participants are some of nation's top coaches - five others of whom have also won NCAA titles (dates noted), including Mike Krzyzewski (Duke, 1991, '92, 2001); Jim Calhoun (Connecticut, '99, '04); Jim Boeheim (Syracuse, '03); Roy Williams (North Carolina, '05); Tubby Smith (Minnesota, but won title at Kentucky, '98); Mike Brey (Notre Dame); Mark Few (Gonzaga); Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph's); Fran Dunphy (Temple); and Mark Gottfried (Alabama).

    Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised nearly $45 million since 1993 to help the Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Additional information is available at www.cancer.org/coaches.

    The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free, 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    January 26, 2009

    Fresno State Men's Basketball: Player of the Week (Jan. 19-26) --- Paul George

    Freshman guard Paul George can easily be recognized during his flights through the air over the hardwood of basketball floors throughout the country.

    Every week, I get to select one of the student-athletes our roster as the player of the week for the men's basketball team. This selection is then sent to the Western Athletic Conference office, which chooses the WAC Player of the Week.

    George was one of seven Bulldogs to earn over a 3.0 grade point average during the 2008 fall semester.

    For his efforts leading the team in scoring 16 points in the Bulldogs' 63-46 win over Louisiana Tech, I nominated freshman guard Paul George of Palmdale, Calif.

    The official nomination read as follows:

    Paul George, a freshman guard, averaged 18.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds for the week of Jan. 19-25. George led Fresno State to its first conference win of the season with a 17-point victory (63-46) over Louisiana Tech as he recorded a team-high 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers and hitting all four free-throw attempts. Later in the week, George added 20 more points against the San Jose Spartans as he netted 4 of 6 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc in the second half to spark the Bulldogs to erase a 14-point halftime deficit. While George took good shots and finished the week perfect from the charity stripe, he also found his teammates to impact the scoreboard with a career-high six assists recorded by the primarily shooting guard. He tied a career-high with three steals and moved back to the top of the Western Athletic Conference in 3-point shooting as he has completed 41 of 87 attempts this season for a league-best 47.1 percent. George leads by example with a quiet humility that has garnered the respect of his team as a true young leader, who also excels in the classroom as one of seven Bulldogs that earned over a 3.0 grade point average during the 2008 fall semester.

    The process started back in November with the start of the regular and season. George was also nominated four other times this season (Nov. 17-23, Dec. 1-7, Dec. 15-21 and Dec. 29-Jan. 4). Junior forward Sylvester Seay has been Fresno State's representative three times this season (Dec. 8-14, Dec. 22-28 and Jan. 12-18) while senior guard Dwight O'Neil in the opening week of the season as the lone returning senior as well as for the weeks of Nov. 24-30 and Jan. 5-11.

    Support the `Dogs on Wednesday night as they return home for their final home non-conference game of the year with a 7 p.m. contest against the Houston Baptist Huskies.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    SAN JOSE, Calif.
    January 24, 2009

    Bulldog Game Day: On the Road at San Jose State

    Sophomore center Brandon Webster earned a career-high 31 minutes in first meeting this year with SJSU.

    Who: Fresno State (8-11, 1-4 WAC) at San Jose State (8-9, 2-4 WAC)
    Where: San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center)
    When: 7 p.m. PST
    Radio: www.kmj580.com

    The `Dogs arrived up here in San Jose late last night. After breakfast, the team watched film at the hotel and we are now heading over to the SJSU campus for a walk-through practice. The win on Thursday night was huge - a 17-point thumping of Louisiana Tech cleared a big WAC hurdle by picking up what had been an elusive first conference win. The last two weeks of Bulldog Basketball have been crisper, stronger and smarter with a renewed emphasis on playing as a complete and cohesive unit.

    If you can make the drive up to San Jose, it's about a two and a half hour trip by car and there are plenty of great seats left to support your Bulldogs. You can also listen to the game over the air on KMJ 580 AM and on www.kmj580.com with the call by Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom.

    Click HERE to read our full game preview.

    A couple notes on the game...

  • Fresno State leads the overall series with San Jose State, 76-71, which is the second most total games against a single team in school history.
  • Fresno State's sophomore center Brandon Webster plays against his cousin (Spartan forward C.J. Webster) for the fourth time as a Bulldog.
  • Brandon played a career-high 31 minutes in the first meeting this year.
  • The `Dogs lead the WAC in blocks by averaging over five swats per game.
  • This is the only conference away game not scheduled to be shown on the Bulldog Sports Network (BSN).
  • Head Coach Steve Cleveland is four wins away from career win 200.

    The Lincoln Memorial

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    Jan. 20, 2009

    Writing Your Next Chapter

    A new President.

    A new beginning.

    A new chapter.

    Regardless of your political affiliation and leanings, all Americans can celebrate this as a day where we can witness the power of our democracy.

    We saw a peaceful transfer of power. We saw the nation choosing one of our own as the 44th President of the United States of America. We saw the first African-American take the oath of the highest office.

    But most importantly, this can be a time of reflection as we turn the page to a new chapter of our history.

    This is where we bring in Bulldog Basketball.

    Head Coach Steve Cleveland and the Bulldogs return to the hardwood on Thursday night at 7 p.m. for a battle of the 'Dogs in the Save Mart Center.

    With two hard-fought road games last week, Fresno State showed that there is no quit in this team and they are itching to turn the page with their first win of the conference season as they prepare for the "Battle of the `Dogs" on Thursday night (7 p.m. PST) in the Save Mart Center.

    Coach Cleveland is convinced that this team will never quit and this team has showed no sign that they are done. There are 14 games to go before the WAC Tournament begins in less than two months, which gives the `Dogs plenty of time to get ready to do something special come March and its Madness.

    Last March, I had the privilege to visit Washington D.C. and walk the halls of the Capitol, take a late-night stroll to the Lincoln Memorial and have conversations with the staffs of various San Joaquin Valley congressmen highlighting the importance of higher education. It was a time where I reflected while walking from the Jefferson Memorial to the Washington Mall. It's a special place. I distinctly remember each moment. Our history comes to life in our nation's capital.

    I now work for my alma mater, a university that I have always had a deep passion for helping. I still have the joy of continuing to advocate and showcase the hard work of students on campus. This next March, I am fully ready to go wherever these guys on our team set their mind to wanting and earning their right to play.

    Today is a day that shows that anything is possible --- just as we saw last June in Omaha. The power of working together and toward a common purpose can mold into a beautiful piece of art.

    If you get a chance, take this opportunity to reflect on your past and where you want to go. There may be rough moments, but if you reach the horizon, there is no telling what you can accomplish.

    Only time will write the pages of the new chapters of our life. It's time to get out a pen and start writing your story.

    Freshman guard Paul George meets Nevada Wolf Pack freshman Luke Babbitt in a Saturday night WAC battle.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    RENO, Nev.
    Jan. 17, 2009

    Freshman Phenom vs. Freshman Phenom

    I hope you are going to watch the game on the Bulldog Sports Network tonight (tip slated for 7:07 p.m. PST) as the `Dogs are in position to snap a six-game losing streak to the Nevada Wolf Pack and in the process pick up their first win in conference action. The teams are very familiar with each other, but both squads are overwhelming young. Fresno State gets their first in-person look at Nevada freshman standout and the current WAC Player of the Week in Luke Babbitt. The Reno native, Babbitt, decided to stay home to play for the Wolf Pack as a McDonald's All-American, who backed out of a verbal commitment to play at Ohio State so he could stay closer to home. He is one of two WAC freshmen in the top ten in the nation by freshmen scorers. The other: Paul George, the Bulldog from Palmdale, Calif., who is lights out from beyond the three-point arc by leading the conference by hitting 33 of 71 three-point attempts this year and leads Fresno State in scoring, rebounding and a variety of other statistical categories.

    So who will step up? Babbitt, George, an unsung hero... the only way to find out is to sit back, relax and enjoy some good old fashioned college basketball.

    GO DOGS!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    RENO, Nev.
    Jan. 16, 2009

    No `Dogs Down

    The Jim Sweeney football mantra has been revived and reinvigorated by head men's basketball coach Steve Cleveland --- NO `DOGS DOWN!

    Before last night's game, Cleveland told the team that they will always fight, that they will never give up and they can play with anybody in the league. He notes that this team has the opportunity to be the most improved team in the conference if they continue to execute better and make smart decisions. He will not let these `Dogs get down.

    Sylvester Seay recorded the third-best scoring performance of any WAC player this season on Thursday night against Utah State.

    The mantra combined with an effective strategic game plan and renewed commitment to playing with the highest amount of intensity led to arguably Fresno State's most complete and competitive game so far this season in last night's near upset of the first-place Utah State Aggies. Junior forward Sylvester Seay (San Bernardino, Calif.) carved through the low post and hit some big three's en route to a monster 32 point effort, which bested his previous career-high of 22 earlier this year against Seattle U. He kept the Bulldogs in the entire game and literally a shot away from overtime. Let's remember that Utah State was 15-1 entering the game and held a 26-game winning streak in the friendly confines of their home floor.

    It was a tough environment and the Bulldogs, quite frankly, thrived.

    They have a chance tomorrow night to get familiar to a place where the season will ultimately either end or spring a set of underdogs onto the national stage. One thing is for sure - the Bulldogs can spark their potential at any point and they will return to Reno in less than two months for the 2009 WAC Tournament in Reno when the real season begins - the postseason. The countdown is on with 14 games left in the regular season.

    Make sure to tune into the Bulldog Sports Network Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. for Hittin' the Hardwood, followed by the main event with the Nevada Wolf Pack at 7 p.m.


    Road Trip Notes: The team arrived early this morning in Reno, Nev. around 8:45 a.m. PST... After getting some rest this afternoon, the team watched film and made their way over to the Lawlor Event Center for a nighttime focused and detailed practice... Some of the team activites from today and tomorrow will be showcased in a special behind-the-scenes feature on Sunday night during the Bulldog Insider on KSEE-24 at 6:30 p.m.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    LOGAN, Utah
    Jan. 15, 2009

    The Full Spectrum

    Today's blog comes to you again from the brisk yet rejuvenating small town of Logan, Utah.

    As the overwhelming young Bulldog team prepares to meet the WAC-leading Utah State Aggies tonight, it's a good time to look at how dominate the Aggies have been in the unique, but exciting Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and provide some context for the upcoming match-up.

    Fresno State's all-time assists leader Kevin Bell recorded a then career-high 25 points as the Bulldogs upset the Aggies, 71-66, back in 2007 that snapped Utah State's 15-game home winning streak.

    Here are just a few numbers to ponder...

  • 151-12 (USU's home record under head coach Stew Morrill)
  • 22-3 (USU's home record against WAC opponents)
  • 9-game home WAC winning streak by Utah State

    Despite losing last year in Logan, Fresno State is the last WAC team to beat Utah State in the Spectrum.

    Back on March 3, 2007, a career night by Fresno State's all-assists leader Kevin Bell (a then-career high 25 points) and current Washington Wizard Dominic McGuire picked up his 14th career double-double (18 points and 11 rebounds) as the Bulldogs stunned a raucous Aggie crowd 71-66 and snapped Utah State's 15-game home winning streak.

    Utah State currently holds a 26-game home winning streak, fourth-best in the country and an Aggie win tonight will put them in a tie for third.

    The arena is a bowl. There is not a bad seat in the house that lists 10,270 as its capacity, but in reality in can seem like more as everyone feels like they are right on the floor.

    One way to quiet a crowd is to get out to an early lead and continually attack on offense and defense. The `Dogs have done it before and enjoy playing in hostile environments. A couple of the guys on the team have told me they thrive on playing in front of large crowds and in non-friendly environments. They say it makes the game even more fun to play.

    Tune into tonight and watch the battle at the Spectrum on the Bulldog Sports Network (BSN)... GO DOGS!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    LOGAN, Utah
    Jan. 14, 2009

    Utah Connections

    Head Coach Steve Cleveland and the Bulldogs will try to snap Utah State's 26-game home winning streak Thursday night at 6 p.m. PST on BSN in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

    Fresno State will play Utah State, based in Logan, Utah, tomorrow night at 6 p.m. PST, but the trip out to the Beehive State (Utah's nickname) also marks a homecoming for a couple of Bulldog coaches.

    Head Coach Steve Cleveland established a national postseason contender in eight successful years at the helm of the Brigham Young University men's basketball program rebuilding a Cougar program that had struggled to a 1-25 record before he took over. Cleveland returned to his hometown of Fresno in 2005 after posting a 138-108 record at BYU and guiding the Cougars to five straight postseason tournament invitations (3 NCAA bids). He also produced a league best 24 All-Conference Academic selections during his tenure at BYU.

    BYU is located in Provo, Utah, about forty minutes from where our flight landed from Fresno in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before leaving SLC, our bus took a quick trip downtown around and Cleveland pointed out the Energy Solutions Arena (where the Utah Jazz play their home games) before passing by the State Capitol building and other landmarks. This trip is the first to the state of Utah for the vast majority of the team.

    One member of the coaching staff was missing on the bus ride as our Associate Head Coach Jeff Reinert took some time to meet up with some friends at a school where he reached unprecedented success.

    Associate Head Coach Jeff Reinert demonstrating post play with sophomore Nedeljko Golubovic earlier this year in practice.

    Reinert, who is in his second season with Fresno State, visited Utah Valley University (which was called Utah Valley State College during his tenure as head coach) this morning and afternoon. He led the Wolverines to a 179-77 record. Reinert left the program (located in Orem, Utah) as the school's all-time winningest coach (having won 70 percent of his games) and the only coach to lead the program to the national tournament. Reinert's teams won at least 20 games six times and never posted a losing record. In 1995-96, Reinert guided the Wolverines to the Scenic West Athletic Conference title and received recognition as the Region 18 Coach of the Year. During his time at UVSC (then a two-year school), Reinert sent more than 40 players to four-year colleges.

    Reinert also has ties to BYU, where he served as an assistant coach for three years (1992-1994). Over the three-year span, the Cougars won two Western Athletic Conference titles, earned two NCAA Tournament berths and one NIT appearance while notching a 72-26 overall record, winning 20-plus games each season.

    As a passionate advocate of higher education, Reinert founded of the Todd Curran Memorial Scholarship Fund in his home state of Washington. This fund awards two $5,000 scholarships to graduating seniors every year. Reinert has awarded more than 32 scholarships since he started the fund. Also of note, Reinert oversees academics for Fresno State's men's basketball program and seven Bulldogs recorded a 3.0 grade point average or higher during the 2008 fall semester. I will follow-up with a special release on the strong state of the program from an academics standpoint.

    Thanks for reading the Bulldog Blog today and make sure to check out tomorrow night's game with Utah State on the Bulldog Sports Network (KAIL/MY53, cable channel 13 in Fresno). You can watch the game online for free (on college campuses and certain internet providers) on www.espn360.com or with Bulldog All-Access right here on www.gobulldogs.com. You can also listen to Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom's radio call on KMJ 580 AM or www.kmj580.com.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    Jan. 13, 2009

    The Halfway Point

    Good afternoon, Red Wave... As I sit in our Media Relations office finishing some final elements for our first conference road trip, I thought this would be a great time to look back at our season since we hit the halfway point of the 2008-09 season last Saturday after hosting San Jose State (we have played 16 of 31 regular season games, with one guaranteed game in the 2009 WAC Tournament bringing the grand total to at least 32 and hopefully some added bonus action by spending some time in the postseason).

    After graduating from Fresno State last May, I started working for Fresno State Athletics last August and January is also the halfway mark of my internship with the men's basketball team. Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to witness some really cool moments and I review my Top 5 below...

    Senior guard Dwight O'Neil dunks on a breakaway against San Diego State.

    5. Alumni Gathering at San Diego State
    After playing in front of 3,000-plus in the intimate Saint Mary's McKeon Pavilion (in a game that I will revisit later), we headed down I-5 for our longest bus ride of the season (six hours) for a game at San Diego State. The longtime rivalry between the Aztecs and Bulldogs is unique. There is a tremendous amount of respect between the two programs as former WAC foes before SDSU joined the Mountain West Conference and a significant number of Bulldog alumni live in the San Diego area, who like to see the two teams play each other. As Coach Cleveland talked with about 40 members of the Red Wave in a conference room to the east of arena before the game, you could tell he enjoys playing the Aztecs and hopes to play a home and home each year with SDSU, which dates back to his time at BYU. We were just two games into a fresh season that held a number of question marks and Cleveland gave a rundown of his new personnel and outlook for the season. At this point, the optimism of the unknown was still hot off the presses and gave a sense of hope. While the final score provided an early wake-up call, this journey was vital to teaching a young and primarily inexperienced team how to compete on the road.

    Junior forward Brian Seals grabbed a career-high and team season-high 12 rebounds against USC Upstate.


    4. Seals Owns Boards
    Brian Seals is not your average Division I athlete. He attended Consumnes River College (a junior college) and averaged a double-double a game (10 points/10 rebounds). These are good numbers, but not necessarily a recipe for success at college's highest level. As Fresno State sat at 5-5 on the year, Seals had earned only one start in those first ten games despite having the highest field goal percentage on the team (.545) while averaging 3.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs dominated the second round of the Las Vegas Classic (that they hosted the first two rounds) by beating the winless USC Upstate 72-47. At the end of the day, Fresno State took care of business with their largest win of the season, led in large part to a big night by Seals' on the boards (a Bulldog season-high 12 rebounds). Brian has told me that he is always ready to go. When one of the student-athletes couldn't make one of our pre-recorded feature seasons, he was the first guy I asked to fill in and he responded by saying that he is always ready to fill-in. He has since earned another pair of starts and just plays the game the right way: always going as hard as he can with a team-first mentality. I enjoyed seeing him succeed. He deserved some recognition.

    O'Neil, the only senior on the Bulldogs roster hit a game-winner on the road at Pacific with 0.9 seconds left on the clock.

    3. Winning at Pacific on Last Second Shot
    On a Blackout Night in Stockton, this was a game where you had that gut feeling that it was going to go down to the wire. It was a see-saw battle with nine lead changes and seven ties. Pacific led by as many as eight and Fresno State led by as many as seven. What I remember from this trip is how Paul George and Mychal Ladd, two freshmen who had already showed brilliance earlier in the season, molded this into a team game (and they also shot nearly 80% from the field combined) and let the lone senior on the roster win the game. The score was knotted at 64 and Cleveland called a timeout for an in-bound play with just seconds left on the clock. He pulled a play from his days coaching high school (to ensure that the Tigers hadn't seen the play on tape) and O'Neil found a spot under the basket to bank in the game-winner. Winning on the road is always satisfying. Winning period is always satisfying. This was a huge win for the morale of the team.

    Freshman guard Paul George is a dunking machine and also Fresno State's leading scorer and rebounder.

    2. The Paul George Dunk
    Most people would place this as the best moment of the year. It's hard to argue that point, but it stays at No. 2 for me because we fell short in the desired outcome of the game. But nothing, and I mean nothing, can take anything away from this dunk. It was that good. It's the kind of dunk where it doesn't matter how many times it has been viewed on YouTube (60,000 and counting - but who's counting?) because I will always remember how amazing it was in person. I was sitting courtside in the rowdy, obnoxious and passionate gym on the beautiful campus Saint Mary's College (just about a half an hour from where I grew up in San Ramon, Calif.) and will never forget how the deafening sound of this monster one-handed slam dunk silenced the Gael faithful. They wanted to cheer. I know they did. Some of them gave their props. But by George, Paul cemented his place in Sportscenter lore. As I watched ESPN that night, it was all about this kid - Paul George. Everybody now knows his name. When he talks about it now, he's humble and focused and one of the first to give credit to his teammates. He keeps dunking and has earned respect. With a little more experience, he just might step up and continue to shock people.

    Freshman point guard Bryce Cartwright erupted for a career-high 20 points as the Bulldogs beat Cal Poly in a 90-87 OT thrilling come-from-behind victory.

    1. OT Road Win
    After a difficult road trip in Las Vegas, a return game from last year's ESPNU Bracketbusters provided a platform to finish 2008 on a high note. Before the game, Bryce Cartwright got a letter from his dad, Anthony, on his phone. With a career-high of only seven points recorded in a game entering the Monday contest on the coast, Bryce knew he needed to show the coaching staff why he was their point guard. He did so with defense. He did so by hitting all but one shot. He did so by draining a half-court heave at the first half buzzer. He did so by willing his team that was down by as many as 13 to a come-from-behind hard-fought overtime win on the road. W's matter and help make the trip back to Fresno more enjoyable as at this level success is defined by excellence. As we walked to the bus, Bryce showed me that letter from his dad and the goals he laid out for his son to succeed. Sometimes some words of encouragement go a long way.

    We leave for Logan, Utah at the break of dawn tomorrow. The last time I was in Logan, another Fresno State freshman had a career-day when Kevin Goessling sent a 58-yard field goal through the north uprights as time expired in the `Dogs 30-28 football win this past October. I got a chance to quickly check out the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and I am really excited to see the place full with 6,000-plus students and thousands of other Aggie fans in what I am told is quite the experience.

    Both games will be broadcast live on both television and radio with the Bulldog Sports Network debuting for 2009 on KAIL/MY53 with Ralph Wood and Bob Donewald bringing you the call while KMJ 580AM continues its coverage of Fresno State Athletics as Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom provide the play-by-play and analysis. You can also watch the game online at www.espn360.com or www.gobulldogs.com or listen online at www.kmj580.com.

    Keep checking the Bulldog Blog this week for updates from Logan and Reno.


    Erica Henry
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    Jan. 10, 2009

    9:09 p.m. - The 'Dogs tried every possible type of three point attempt in the final seconds after the Spartans took the lead at the free throw line. The Spartans prevail through the overtime and take home a victory, 71-68. Fresno state was paced by Dwight O'Neal's career high performance of 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Freshman Paul George added 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Their performance just wasn't enough as the Spartans made their free throws at the end of the game to take the win back north. C.J Webster of San Jose, the cousin of Fresno State's Brandon Webster had a career high 23 points.
    FINAL SCORE: 71-68, Spartans

    9:05 p.m.-The Spartans take the lead with 34.3. It is the first lead for the San Jose since the 15:27 left in the first half at that time they lead by six.

    9:03 p.m.-With one minute remaining in the game, the Dogs are up by one, 68-67.

    9:02 p.m.-Dwight is at the line shooting two free throws. He finally breaks his career high by making one of the two.

    8:59 p.m.-The score is tied in the Savemart before a defensive rebound by Seay and a tomahawk dunk by George. The crowd of 9,002 erupted.

    8:54 p.m.-Spartans purposely miss the second free throw and got the offensive rebound to score a lay-up and tie the game at 63. The time has expired and we're going into overtime.

    8:52 p.m.-Spartans are claming their way back and the fans at the Savemart Center are biting their nails. The score is 63-60, with 15.0 seconds left on the clock.

    8:50 p.m.-SCORE UPDATE: 62-59, `Dogs lead.

    8:46 p.m. - The Spartans are fighting hard, but the Bulldogs are holding on strong to the 61-58 lead with 36.9 seconds left in the game.

    8:41 p.m.-The Bulldogs are still leading 61-57, with 60 seconds left in the game. O'Neal has tied his career high with 21 points. He also has six assists, six rebounds and one block. He's 8 of 12 from the field.

    8:31 p.m.-With 4:58 left in the game, the Bulldogs are leading 61-55. This came about after a big time block by Sylvester Seay. The coach complained and thought it was goaltending but from the replay it seemed clean. The `Dogs now have six blocks. Two of them belonging to Seay.

    8:26 p.m.-Dwight hits another three pointer to add to his big night. His is now 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Dogs lead 55-48 with 7:41 to go in the game.

    8:20 p.m.-Brandon Webster, a sophomore from Bryan, Texas, came off the bench to provide quality minutes for the Bulldogs. He has six points on a perfect 3 for 3 shooting.

    8:16 p.m.-The Dogs own the rebound edge, 22-18 and shooting an astonishing 61.8% from the field.

    8:14 p.m.-SCORE UPDATE: 51-46, Bulldogs.

    8:11 pm.-THIS JUST IN: Is Paul George scores 20 points then he will have reached 250 total career points.

    8:06 p.m.-At the 15:28 mark, Paul George almost punctures the basketball with a tenacious block on defense.

    8:04 p.m.-The Spartans are being evenly paced by C.J Webster and Chris Oakes who both have 12.

    8:01 p.m.-O'Neal continues his dominance. He scores the first bucket to sit the fans down quickly, making the score 46-35.

    8:00 p.m.-The Bulldog fans are on their feet as Fresno State begins the second half with possession of the ball.

    7:47 p.m.-At the half, the `Dogs are sitting pretty comfy leading 44-35. O'Neal has been on fire as his point total accumulated to 15 points to go along with three assists and two steals on 5 of 7 shooting.

    7:40 p.m.-Dwight O'Neal is showing true leadership as he is carrying his team on his back. He has 15 points on 4 of 6 shooting, including 3 three pointers.

    7:32 p.m.-With 4:56 left in the game the `Dogs are leading at home by three, 29-26.

    7:31 p.m.-MONSTER BLOCK by Dwight O'Neal. He soared through the air to stop the fast break lay-up, momentum and to stop the Spartans from tying the game.

    7:30 p.m.-Paul George and Dwight O'Neal are pacing the Bulldogs with seven points apiece.

    7:24 p.m.-The WAC foes are tied at 23 with 8:39 to go in the half.

    7:23 p.m.-The O'Neal show. Dwight has scored five straight points for the Bulldogs.

    7:20 p.m.-The `Dogs are raining three's...they are three for six from beyond the arc. Dwight O'Neal made one that helped the Bulldogs tie.

    7:18 p.m.-SCORE UPDATE: With 12:05 remaining the score is 17 -16, Spartans.

    7:16 p.m.-Another defensive stop for the `Dogs with Seay stepping up and taking a much needed charge. He also added a lot of emotion with it.

    7:13 p.m.-Brandon Webster gets a defense stop by sending the ball back down the Spartans throat.

    7:08 p.m.-As the Spartan coach yells..."Shooter, Shooter," Paul George drains the first three pointer of the game.

    7:07 p.m.-Tip-Off is scheduled. San Jose gains possession of the tip.

    7:00 p.m. -Tonight's game will be streamlined live (by audio) with Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom bringing you the call courtside on KMJ 580 and www.kmj580.com. Fresno State leads the overall series with San Jose State, 76-70. The Bulldogs have only competed against Pacific more than San Jose State more times in the history of the program. The 'Dogs won the meeting with the Spartans and are 19 of their last 22 against them. San Jose state are lead by Adrian Oliver a PAC-10 transfer from Washington averaging 19.6 points per game but is not suited up tonight. This in-state rival game marks the second game of the Bulldogs homestead. The Bulldogs should be at full strength tonight and will look to their leading scorer; a true freshman from Palmdale, Calif. Sylvester Seay is leading the WAC in blocks this season.

    Starting Lineup:
    G-Dwight O'Neal
    G-Paul George
    G-Mychal Ladd
    F-Brian Seals
    F-Nedeljko Golubovic

    Erica Henry
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    Jan. 3, 2009

    GAME UPDATES: Fresno State vs. New Mexico State...WAC Home Opener (All Time Pacific)

    8:54 p.m.-FINAL SCORE 79-66, Aggies. The Bulldogs tried to go on a run at the end of the game finishing with a ferocious dunk by Brian Seals and two consecutive threes, one by Brandon Sperling and the other by Mychal Ladd. The `Dogs have a week off before they get ready to battle in-state rivals, San Jose State on Jan. 10th at 7 p.m.

    8:48 p.m.-Paul George and Sylvester Seay have an identical stat line with 2:30 left in the game. They each have 13 points, nine rebounds and one steal.

    8:40 p.m.-The Bulldogs cut the scoring deficit to 10 points. The 64-54 is the closes its been since the 11:15 mark of the first half when the score was 6-12 in favor of the Aggies.

    8:31 p.m.- Score is still in favor of the Aggies 64-46, 8:36 left in the game.

    8:28 p.m.-The Bulldogs are in the bonus with 10:30 seconds left in the game.

    8:25 p.m.-Myles Green provided a spark off the bench for the `Dogs. His first shot of the game was a three pointer and it hit nothing but the bottom of the net.

    8:22 p.m.-Paul George hits the second three pointer of the game for the `Dogs.

    8:18 p.m.-Aggies still lead (52-35) with 14:32 left in the second half.

    8:13 p.m.-Make it FOUR IN A ROW. O'Neal misses a three and Ladd was there for the off side offensive rebound, he lays it in and gets fouled.

    8:10 p.m.-Paul George takes the take to stop the Aggie lay in.

    8:08 p.m.-THREE IN A ROW...an assist from Ladd led to another AND ONE opportunity. Then less than 20 seconds later, George hustles and gets a steal that then aided in an O'Neal AND ONE opportunity. Including the AND ONE from Ladd in the previous series, that helped the `Dogs get on a roll offensively.

    8:06 p.m.-The Bulldogs get the ball at the beginning of the second half. After being patient on offense Paul George takes a 15 foot jumper, misses, then gets his offensive rebound. Mychal Ladd then gets his first points of the game on a lay-up plus the foul. He then converts on the free throw.

    7:51 p.m.-END OF THE FIRST HALF The Aggies lead 40-22.

    7:45 p.m.-At the near end of the half, Dwight O'Neal connects on the `Dogs first three pointer of the game.

    7:44 p.m.-Seay earns his second block of the game. The Bulldogs get back to try and create offense. After a missed short jump shot by O'Neal the `Dogs had a series tips. O'Neal and Seay battled down low to try and tip the ball in for two points. Both Seay and O'Neal tipped it twice before Seay got credited with the basket.

    7:39 p.m.- The score is 14-31 with the Aggies leading and 3:35 left to go in the first half.

    7:33 p.m.- Paul Geroge is on a roll as he scores four straight points for the `Dogs. First the block, then the dunk, then the fall away jumper...I wonder what's next.

    7:31 p.m.-The Bulldogs score their first points since the 14:45 mark with Brandon Websters free throws.

    7:30 p.m.-Paul George smashes Jonathan Gipson's layup out of bounds. New Mexico State's star thought he had an easy lay in before George swatted it into the stands.

    7:20 p.m.-At the 10:17 mark, the Aggies have their largest lead of the half at 14-6.

    7:15 p.m.-BLOCK CITY: Sylvester Seay soars through the air and aggressively blocks Hernst Laroche's shot into the crowd.

    7:09 p.m.- Bulldogs lead 4-2, but both teams are playing rather slow. There have only been a total of three field goals as four minutes have ticked of the clock.

    New Mexico State is a very young team. They only have one senior and two juniors on their roster.

    7:04 p.m. -Tonight's game will be streamlined live (by audio) with Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom bringing you the call courtside on KMJ 580 and www.kmj580.com. Fresno State trails the overall series with New Mexico State, 17-12. The Aggies have won the past two contests but the `Dogs have won three of the past five meetings. The 'Dogs should be at full strength tonight and will look to their leading scorer, a true freshman from Palmdale, Calif. Another true freshman, Bryce Cartwright, will look to follow-up his break out performance of 20 points. He connected on 8 of 9 shooting from the field. Mychal Ladd is a quiet spark, who is counted on to take great shots and play suffocating defense.

    Starting Line-up:
    PG-Bryce Cartwright
    SG-Dwight O'Neal
    F-Paul George
    F-Sylvester Seay
    F-Ned Golubovic

    Tip-off is set for 7:07 p.m.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    FRESNO, Calif.
    Dec. 29, 2008

    GAME UPDATES: Fresno State at Cal Poly (All Times Pacific)
    11:40 p.m. - The team bus is still heading back to Fresno. Should be home shortly. Let's pack the house on Saturday night. These guys are fun to watch.

    9:30 p.m. - 'Dogs win 90-87.

    8:46 p.m. - END OF 2nd: 76-76. This game is going to overtime.

    8:24 p.m. - Despite this game testing the anxiety of significant Fresno State crowd that made the trip to the coast, the 'Dogs are down by only six (64-58). Hang on to those hats and glasses as this could be a wild finish.

    8:14 p.m. - Cartwright continues to deliver. Fresno State trails by five (56-51) after Bryce hit a 3-pointer from the left corner.

    8:10 p.m. - Cal Poly leads 52-44 (14:18 left in the second). Mychal Ladd now leads the team with 11 points and Cartwight continues to create scoring opportunities.

    7:43 p.m. - HALFTIME SCORE: Cal Poly 35, Fresno State 34
    What a comeback in this first half! Paul George stepped up at the end of the half and Bryce Cartwright banked in a three-pointer at the first half buzzer to nearly completely close what had been a 13 point deficit with under eight minutes left in the first half. George leads the way with nine points followed by an impressive six converted by Mychal Ladd. O'Neil and Cartwright each have five points. Seay adds four points and four rebounds. This is a close battle. Of note, Cal Poly beat Portland State earlier this year (Portland State beat Gonzaga). But most importantly, the game is a battle and the highlight reels should be well restocked.

    7:40 p.m. - Time for another Paul George highlight reel dunk. I hope there is footage somewhere because Paul just forced a steal and took a steal uncontested for yet another one-handed slam dunk. On the next play, George forced another steal and the Mustangs resorted to fouling him instead letting him dunk again. (Cal Poly 30, Fresno State 26)

    7:34 p.m. - A pair of steals by Bryce Cartwright converted to a pair of lay-ups has Fresno State within six. (Cal Poly 27, Fresno State 21)

    7:30 p.m. - O'Neil just hit Fresno State's first three-pointer of the game to cut the Mustang lead to 25-17 (under 6 to play in the first).

    7:22 p.m. - Cal Poly leads 20-9 with 7:54 left in the first half. Four 'Dogs each have a basket: Golubovic, O'Neil, Seay and Webster.

    7:08 p.m. - Cal Poly leads early 4-2. The two points for the 'Dogs belong to Sylvester Seay who drained a two-pointer from the left side. Both teams are working some rust as they settle into the game.

    7:02 p.m. - Tip Off

    Starting Line-up:
    PG - Dwight O'Neil
    SG - Mychal Ladd
    G - Paul George
    F - Nedeljko Golubovic
    F - Sylvester Seay

    6:56 p.m. - With under five minutes to the tip and while we are well short of a sellout here in Mott Gymnasium (with a listed capacity of 3,032), there is a good chance this arena is going to end up with a third pulling for Fresno State. The Bulldogs received a loud, encouraging and bigger reception then for the home team from the crowd. This is much different from the hostile environment back on Nov. 17 for the Saint Mary's game. It is always great to see the Red Wave travel and support these 'Dogs.

    6:43 p.m. - The "rowdy" Mustang pep band just entered the stands: 3 drummers, a trio of trumpets and saxophones, a trombone, another horn, a clarinet and even a flute round out the ensemble. 17 minutes to tip off.

    6:25 p.m. - The Red Wave made it a priority to spend some time in San Luis Obispo this weekend. There have to be more almost 100 Fresno State fans (compared to maybe 50 Mustang faithful) already in Cal Poly's Mott Gym ready to cheer on the 'Dogs for this Monday night contest. We are 25 minutes away from tip off.

    Stay tuned to the Blog for Game Updates.

    9:58 a.m.
    Heading to Cal Poly
    As our bus passes Paso Robles, most of the team took advantage of their seats on the bus to get some sleep after leaving campus around 7:45 a.m. this morning. A smooth ride through the California hills places these 'Dogs now on Highway 46. Even though we are sitting at 6-7 and coming off a pair of losses in the final rounds of the Las Vegas Classic, there appears to be a renewed sense of focus and determination for the final tune-up before WAC play starts at home on Saturday with a 7 p.m. tilt with New Mexico State. With school on hiatus until mid-January, the guys are hoping to find their rhythm and learn from their initial non-conference adversity that centered around youth and a lack of experience. The freshmen will have at least 14 games under their belt by the time league action starts while redshirt senior guard and team leader Dwight O'Neil will be playing in his 85th game as a Bulldog on Saturday. But let's not forget these guys have a lot of basketball under their belts. They have been playing the game for longer then most of them can remember. They grew up with basketballs molded into their hands and as a part of their lifestyles. All that experience will come into a clearer focus in the coming days... but for now. It's all about starting strong and finishing strong. The Bulldogs are 5-0 this season when leading at halftime and 4-0 when leading with five minutes to play in the game. Another key stat to look at: Can the 'Dogs outrebound the Mustangs? If they do... a victory may also be in store. The Bullodgs have yet to win a game this year when they lost the battle of the boards.

    7:05 a.m.
    About to Board the Bus to Cal Poly
    After a brief break timed with the holidays, the team is just finishing packing and we are slated to leave Fresno within the hour. Even though most other Fresno State students are at home or enjoying a nice four-plus week break from required activities, student-athletes might get a day off every now and then as they perfect their craft while working toward their respective degree. Whether it is on the court, on the lacrosse field, or in the swimming pool, practice is a crucial element to winning championships.

    Tonight's game will be streamlined live (by audio) with Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom bringing you the call courtside on KMJ 580 and www.kmj580.com. Even though Fresno State has won the last 11 meetings with Cal Poly, the task of going into someone's home court and winning is a significant challenge. The 'Dogs should be at full strength tonight and will look to their leading scorer, a true freshman from Palmdale, Calif. --- Paul George --- to get the Bulldogs back in the win column and back to .500 on the year. Don't be surprised if Sylvester Seay or Mychal Ladd have break out nights as well. Sylvester highlighted the 'Dogs play in Las Vegas as he averaged 17.5 points against Creighton and Saint Louis. Ladd is a quiet spark, who is due to deliver by relying on taking good shots and stepping up the pressure on defense.

    Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    LAS VEGAS, Nev.
    Dec. 22, 2008

    GAME UPDATES: Las Vegas Classic --- Fresno State vs. Creighton

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    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Dec. 15, 2008, 10:35 a.m.

    Seals' Dunk on YouTube
    Junior forward Brian Seals delivered a major dunk on Cal State Bakersfield last Wednesday. While the video has only 142 views at this point, there is still time for it to reach Paul George's dunk from Nov. 17, 2008 against the Saint Mary's Gaels that made Sportscenter and has received nearly 60,000 views on YouTube.

    Seals earned a start against Montana, his first as a Bulldog, and grabbed a career-high five rebounds.

    While I am looking for an even better video to be posted of the dunk as it truly was a monster of a two-handed tomahawk slam, this is a good start.

    Brian Seals Dunking on Roadrunners

    Theresa Kurtz
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Dec. 14, 2008

    3:01 p.m.
    Montana Grizzlies come away with the win beating the Bulldogs, 69- 65. Sylvester Seay lead the team with 17 points, while Ned Golubovic knocked in 14 and Paul George netted 13. Brian Seals lead the team in rebounds with five and right behind him was George, Bryce Cartwright, Seay, and Mychal Ladd with four rebounds apiece. George and Brandon Sperling finished the game with three steals each. O'Neil recorded six assists for the Bulldogs.

    2:55 p.m.
    Dwight O'Neil hit a three to bring the `Dogs within three with 6.3 seconds left on the clock!! Go `Dogs!

    2:44 p.m.
    With 1:49 left on the clock the Bulldogs are down by six. Free throws from Sylvester Seay and Ned Golubovic have helped cut the Grizzlies lead. Seay knocked down a HUGE dunk to being the 'Dogs within four with 1:03 left.

    2:32 p.m.
    Paul George just came up with a steal that resulted in a BIG DUNK for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are trailing by six with 4:14 remaining. The `Dogs are making a run late in the game.

    2:02 p.m.
    Sylvester Seay knocked the ball in from beyond the arc for a big three. Seay knocked in another big basket as the Bulldogs continue to the Griz lead down. Montana leads 43-34 with 16:07 left in the game.

    1:52 p.m.
    At the half time break the Bulldogs are trailing the Griz of Montana, 35-27. Paul George is leading the way with eight points, both Ned Golubovic and Sylvester Seay have knocked in seven points. Seay and George lead the team in rebounds with three apiece. Dwight O'Neil has made three assists for the Bulldogs. George has also contributed two steals in the first half. The Bulldogs have returend to the court and are preparing for the second half. Go `Dogs Go!!

    1:37 p.m.
    The Bulldogs just hit two BIG three's from Paul George and Brandon Sperling. The Bulldogs are trailing, 32-24 with three minutes remaining in the first half.

    1:15 p.m.
    Heading into the first timeout break of the game the Bulldogs are trailing, 6-5. Golubovic hit a three and George dunked for two to give the Bulldogs five. The Griz hit two three's to give them the lead early in the first half. There is 15:03 left on the clock.

    1:04 p.m.
    It's game time in the Save Mart Center!!! The Bulldogs are hosting the Montana Grizzlies. The teams have warmed-up and the National Anthem is about to be played. The starting line-up for the Bulldogs includes Ned Golubovic, Brian Seals, Paul George, Bryce Cartwright, and Dwight O'Neil. The Griz starting line-up includes Jordan Hasquet, Jack McGillis, Brian Qvale, Ryan Staudacher, and Anthony Johnson. The Bulldogs are on a two-game winning streak and look to increase that with a win over Montana.

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations

    Nov. 30, 2008
    STOCKTON, Calif.

    3:08 p.m. PT

    Freshman guard Paul George helps define the new brand of Bulldog Basketball.

    Young `Dogs to Play on Blackout Saturday in Stockton
    Passion. Excitement. Family.

    These terms help define the new brand of Bulldog Basketball.

    This team is ready for tip off.

    In a spirited and loose practice late last night, the Fresno State men's basketball team took the floor with a jump in their step and a distinct look in their eyes that they want this game.

    Paul George, a freshman from Palmdale, Calif., jolted a spark into this young team. He has already made a name for himself by cementing his place in Sportscenter lore with a dunk that will be used in every highlight reel of his career, or at least should be. But last night, the guy who loves to play this game got a little more vocal.

    In a simple drill with the guards taking a variety of shots attacking the basket, pull up jumpers that kissed softly off the glass with a focus on being able to "stop on a dime," Paul encouraged each and every one of his teammates as they ran through the drill. His fun-loving attitude resonated throughout the team and got all the guys cheering for what could have been a mundane session. It also helped the `Dogs to systematically recognize the pressure and necessity of sinking every shot --- that perfection and execution is created by repetition with a precise focus to master every facet of the game.

    This passion is what the Bulldogs need to break through the label of being just another "young" team that "lacks experience" because this team is much more than that.

    The youth is there, but youth with this team has helped turn the culture. They listen. They want to learn. And they have a genuine love of the game and the novelty is ever so present.

    With this team, you will see dunks, intense defense that forces turnovers and a host of three-pointers. They are also "into" the game. These guys are not afraid to show that their emotions on their sleeves and will start making some noise in the record and statistics column here shortly.

    This team plays exciting basketball. There is work to be done, but this piece of art (this team) is starting to come into focus.

    Yet, this team is a family and the players are brothers. Everytime they break from a team meeting, they end it with their arms up as one and say one word: "Family."

    This family continues a long rivalry tonight in another hostile environment - the Alex G. Spanos Center with a "Blackout" theme. Pacific has asked their fans to wear black for a doubleheader of men's and women's basketball. The Tigers will wear black uniforms while the Bulldogs sport their red road jerseys.

    There is also a kinship between the men's and women's basketball teams as they try to come to as many games to support each other programs. The men's team watched as the Fresno State women knocked off No. 22 TCU at home and the women's team is slated to stay until at least halftime of the men's game tonight as they also play Pacific up here in Stockton.

    Women's tip off: 5 p.m.
    Men's tip off: 7:30 p.m.

    You can listen to the men's game live at www.kmj580 .com as Paul Loeffler describes the play-by-play and Randy Rosenbloom adds the color commentary. You can also follow the statistics of the game right here on www.gobulldogs.com with Gametracker.

    Theresa Kurtz
    Fresno State Media Relations
    Dec. 3, 2008

    9:05 PM
    The final score from the Save Mart Center is 82-76 with the Rebels coming up on top. Paul George ended the game with 24 points and Dwight O'Neil ended with 21 points.

    8:58 PM
    The crowd is screaming in the Save Mart Center after Paul George hit a big shot from beyond the arc to keep the 'Dogs in game and are down by four with over a minute left.

    8:51 PM
    The Bulldogs won't give up that easily and after another big three the 'Dogs trail by two. The crowd is on their feet cheering and screaming. The Rebels answered with a lay-up and then fouled a Bulldog under the hoop. After the timeout break Seals will shoot two. With 3:05 left the Bulldogs trail 70 to 74.

    8:48 PM
    With 4:36 remaining the Bulldogs are down by three (70-67). In the battle of the brothers each has made 17 points tonight and O'Neil has four rebounds and Willis has one rebound.

    8:40 PM
    With 7:44 remaining in the game the 'Dogs are down by four. Ladd, O'Neil, and George have knocked in 13, 17, and 16 points rexpectively.

    Ned Golubovic hit a big three to bring the Bulldogs down by one. and with 6:45 Paul George And Ones for the lead and the 'Dogs are up 65-64.

    8:32 PM
    The Bulldogs have called a 30 second timeout with 9:09 left in the second half. The 'Dogs are down 59-55 and Dwight O'Neil leads the team with 17 points.

    After a big defensive stop Mychal Ladd made a lay-up and got fouled on the shot and are within in one of the Rebels.

    8:27 PM
    After another timeout the Rebels are leading 53-50. Paul George is leading the team with 16 points and four rebounds.

    8:16 PM
    Dwight O'Neil hit a big three tothe give Bulldogs the lead again, 47-45.

    8:11 PM
    At the first timeout of the second half the 'Dogs are leading 42-41. Paul George has made seven points in the first five minutes of the second half.

    8:10 PM
    The 'Dogs have taken a 38-33 lead after Bryce Cartwright sank a shot from beyond the arc.

    7:51 PM
    At the half the Rebels lead the Bulldogs 32-31. The halftime stat run down is a little something like this. Mychal Ladd is leading the team with 10 points and Paul George has contributed eight points. Dwight O'Neil has knocked in six and Bryca Cartwright has three. Sylvester Seay and Ned Golubovic have both made two points.

    Bryce Cartwright has recorded four assist against the Rebels and four Bulldogs (Golubovic, Cartwright, O'Neil, and Ladd) have grabbed three rebounds.

    Ladd has hit 4 of 5 field goals in the first half and George has hit four of six.

    The Bulldogs begin the second half in about seven minutes, so stay tuned!

    7:45 PM
    The Bulldogs are down by two points with 2:00 left on the clock before the halftime break. The Rebels had the chance to increase their lead, but failed to make two three throws.

    7:35 PM
    Paul George helped the Bulldogs regain the lead with a AWESOME dunk and has knocked in six points for the Bulldogs. Mychal Ladd is leading the pack with seven points.

    7:30 PM
    Great defensive efforts by Golubovic and George gave the Bulldogs a chance to take the lead. George knocked in two for the go ahead 22-20. After another timeout the game is tied at 22 a piece with 6:51 left in the half.

    7:28 PM
    Mychal Ladd just knocked in a HUGE 3-point shot from the left side of the court to tie the game at 20 all.

    7:21 PM
    Another time out has been called and the Rebels lead 16-15. O'Neil has four points, Bryce Cartwright has three points, Mychal Ladd has two points, Ned Golubovic has two points and Paul George has two. There is 9:48 left in the first half and the 'Dogs are down by one.

    7:12 PM
    The Bulldogs started Nedeljko Golubovic, Paul George, Sylvester Seay, Bryce Cartwright, and Dwight O'Neil. While the Rebels started Darris Santee, Joe Darger, Wink Adams, Rene Rougeau and Tre'Von Willis . The Bulldogs Paul George had an amazing dunk off a pass from Bryce Cartwright to put the 'Dogs up 6-3. UNLV called a time out and have taken the lead 7-6 with 15:51 remaining in the half.

    6:56 PM
    It's game time at the Save Mart Center! The anthem has been played and the teams are being introduced. The start of the game is moments away. Tonight's game is a special game for the Bulldogs senior Dwight O'Neil as he is playing against his little brother. Tune into Game Tracker or stay here for updates throughout the game.

    As always Go 'DOGS!

    Stephen Trembley
    Fresno State Media Relations

    Nov. 30, 2008
    3:08 p.m.
    FRESNO, Calif.

    Halftime Analysis: Tied with Beavers
    When looking at the three keys I mentioned earlier, here is quick analysis:

  • Fresno State is on pace for the lowest scoring game of the year.
  • The 'Dogs are not in deep foul trouble, only Sylvester Seay has more than one foul.
  • Bryce Cartwright earned 8 minutes, all at the point, which is a good sign for the freshman.

    Overall, the 'Dogs are in this game and it should be nothing less then a back and forth battle for the rest of the second half. Don't expect a shootout with this Oregon State offense.

    1:25 p.m.
    FRESNO, Calif.

    The Pac-10 Returns to the Save Mart Center
    Oregon State University returns to Fresno, Calif. as they battle the Bulldogs this afternoon for a Sunday matinee. This is the first afternoon home contest for Fresno State this year as the 'Dogs are in the middle of playing seven of eight games at home. The 'Dogs coaching staff has a tie to the Beavers with Fresno State Associate Head Coach Jeff Reinert, currently in his second season in Fresno, having coached in Corvallis, Oreg. for Oregon State from 2002-2007.

    First-year head coach Craig Robinson, whose sister Michelle will move into the White House on Jan. 20 along with President-Elect Barack Obama, is just starting to rebuild a Pacific-10 program that had quite frankly a horrible season last year. They went 0-18 in the conference play and managed just six wins during the 2007-08 season. While they have yet to win a game in their first four tries during this season, they have been competitive in every battle. The Beavers have lost three games by three or fewer points and the other game (against the WAC's Nevada Wolf Pack) by only eight.

    Things to watch or listen for today:

  • Oregon State is expected to run a "Princeton" offense, that should keep points off the scoreboard as that offense relies on running down the shot clock, shooting three-pointers and finding open looks underneath the basket.
  • Oregon State has height and should play a power game against Fresno State's low post. The 'Dogs will need to stay out of foul trouble.
  • How much time will senior guard Dwight O'Neil spend at the point? He leads the WAC in assists with an average of seven per game, but will freshman guard Bryce Cartwight be able to spell O'Neil for any type of significant minutes.

    You can follow the 'Dogs online with the voices of Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom at www.kmj580.com in real time.

    Nov. 25, 2008
    8:17 p.m.
    FRESNO, Calif.

    Seay Three-Pointer Off the Glass Sparks Bulldog Offense
    We are midway through the second half here at the Save Mart Center with the 'Dogs leading 52-38. Fresno State led 34-27 after a late Sylvester Seay three-pointer with a couple seconds on the clock in the first half set the tone for an offensive charge to start the second half that outscored the visiting Redhawks 18-11 in the first eight and a half minutes.

    Nov. 22, 2008
    2:52 p.m.
    SAN DIEGO, Calif.

    Fresno State Heads Home after Tough Road Trip
    The Bulldogs valiantly battled the Aztecs in the Cox Arena this afternoon, but fell to the home team by a score of 80-56. By playing two potential postseason teams this week, Fresno State gained valuable experience for a freshmen-laden squad that must focus on preparing for conference play. The final statistics and game report will be posted shortly, but we are moments away from getting back on the bus to head home to Fresno, Calif. The `Dogs will host a three-game homestand with Seattle University (Nov. 25), Oregon State (Nov. 30) and UNLV (Dec. 3) when they return to the floor for game action.
    Final Score: San Diego State 80, Fresno State 56

    1:50 p.m.
    SAN DIEGO, Calif.

    Dogs Look for Big Second Half
    The Aztecs came ready to play and defend their home court after falling to No. 15 Arizona State earlier in the week, 59-52. The `Dogs will need to mount a comeback from 17 points down as San Diego State leads at the break. Turnovers were costly and the team will need to create more open shots to find their rhythm and any type of momentum. The 23 points scored by the Bulldogs in the first half is the first time this season an opponent held Fresno State to under 25 points in a half. Junior forward Sylvester Seay led the Bulldogs in shooting with a pair of three-pointers (6 points) while Dwight O'Neil and Paul George topped the team with four rebounds each. Fresno State last came from behind when trailing at halftime was Nov. 27, 2007 when Winston-Salem State led 32-27 at the intermission before the 'Dogs outscored the Rams by 15 in the second half for a 10-point road win. Halftime Update: San Diego State 40, Fresno State 23

    1:05 p.m.
    SAN DIEGO, Calif.

    Tip Off in Renewed Rivalry Moments Away
    The team is very pumped for this non-conference showdown with longtime rival San Diego State (today's game marks the 96th contest between the two schools in men's basketball). The Aztec pep band just finished a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and the starting line-ups have been announced. The Bulldogs' starting five for the third straight game: George, Golubovic, Ladd, O'Neil, and Seay.

    It's Game Time, Bulldog Fans!!!!

    Nov. 21, 2008
    7:35 p.m.
    SAN DIEGO, Calif.

    'Dogs Complete Walk-Through Practice
    The team went through a walk-through practice here at the Cox Arena in San Diego, Calif. This arena is truly built for basketball witha ll the seats having a great view of the floor and their own individual red seat. San Diego State is an old WAC foe of the Bulldogs and one of the Aztec staff commented on how they expect a large turnout despite a night football game following the game for a couple of reasons. Basketball is big at SDSU as well as the community in San Diego appreciates the Bulldogs and understands the history between the two programs. Check the blog tomorrow for game updates and some perspective from the game. The game starts at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

    Nov. 20, 2008
    2:34 p.m.
    FRESNO, Calif.

    Early WAC Statistics for Bulldogs
    With Fresno State in the middle of their first road set of the season, the Bulldogs will leave campus early Friday morning to head down to San Diego for their meeting with the Aztecs on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Cox Arena. The game can be heard live on KMJ 580 AM with Paul Loeffler and Randy Rosenbloom calling the action.

    Here's an early (a very early) and quick look at the `Dogs compared to their WAC counterparts (as of Nov. 20, 2008):

    Paul George, Guard

  • No. 2 in Scoring (19.5 ppg)
  • No. 5 in Blocks (1.5 bpg)

    Sylvester Seay, Forward

  • No. 2 in 3-Point FG Pct (.571 %)
  • No. 2 in Blocks (2.5 bpg)

    Dwight O'Neil, Guard

  • No.1 in Assists (8 apg)
  • No. 6 in Steals (1.5 spg)
    Nov. 18, 2008
    8:45 p.m.
    FRESNO, Calif.

    George's Dunk Opens Sportscenter Intro
    Freshman standout Paul George's amazing dunk over a pair of Gael defenders opened the intro package of Sportscenter tonight during the 8 p.m. PT broadcast. The Best of the Marathon on Sportscenter is moments away. Check it out on ESPN....

    We posted a YouTube video of the dunk in the game recap as well as below for you to enjoy...

    The Paul George Dunk at Saint Mary's College on ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off

    Nov. 17, 2008
    3:30 p.m.
    MORAGA, Calif.

    Team Prepping for Late Night ESPN Game
    The team has arrived in Walnut Creek, Calif., as they complete their final preparations before tonight's late-night (11 p.m.) affair with the Saint Mary's Gaels. Head Coach Steve Cleveland is looking forward to the contest as a perfect opportunity to see how his team handles playing in a hostile environment in the small, yet very intimate, 3500-seat McKeon Pavilion. The game is sold out, so we can expect the place to be loud. Cleveland was talking earlier today about how little Division I basketball his squad has played in the last few years. Dwight O'Neil has not been at his peak in two years (redshirted 2006-07 and then was injured through most of 2007-08... and never fully regained his form). Sylvester Seay saw limited action in one and half seasons at Arizona State. Ned Golubovic played about half of last year (minutes-wise). Brandon Webster entered 20 games as a freshman but never started.

    Bottom line: This is a young team, but a very energetic and dynamic group of individuals focused on having fun playing the game of basketball. They also expect to win every game. In talking with the team, they know they will have their challenges, but they want to win. They want to win games. They want to compete at the highest level. And they truly believe that they can contend for a WAC championship come March.

    Tonight, as you stay up for the only scheduled game on ESPN this year, look for Paul George and Mychal Ladd to stay cool under pressure as a freshmen with a student-section right on the floor. Sylvester and Ned will need to stay out of foul trouble and work the low-post to help keep the Bulldogs in control of the flow of the game.

    While they are underdogs this week, the Bulldogs might surprise some people if they can apply consistent defensive pressure and run their offense.

    Gaels' sophomore guard Patrick Mills is a special player. He put 20 points up on Team USA as the point guard for the Austrailian National Team and had Coach K saying that he was glad Duke didn't play Saint Mary's this year. Omar Samham is a big presence down low. Diamon Simpson (a former Bulldog recruit) is in his senior year and averages nearly a double-double a game. They can flat out shoot from anywhere on the court.

    The Gaels return all five of their starters. The 'Dogs return a half of a starter (Dwight played in only 14 games and is the lone returner who started a significant number of games).

    Overall, this game gives Fresno State the ability to learn how to play on the road and prepare for WAC play. The team is enjoying a short rest until 4 p.m. when they start watching film and shortly thereafter head to Moraga for a quick walk-through practice.

    Note: Our first mailbag will go out next Monday, Nov. 24. There is still time to send your questions to me at strembley@csufresno.edu

    Nov. 7, 2008
    4:30 p.m.
    FRESNO, Calif.

    "The Time is Now to Invest in Bulldog Basketball"
    Head men's basketball coach Steve Cleveland made a persuasive point in his post-game press conference after Fresno State's 97-88 win over cross-town Fresno Pacific on Wednesday night.

    "This is the time to invest in Bulldog Basketball," Cleveland said with a genuine conviction to the local media. "We have something special here. These guys play the game hard and we appreciate all the fans that came out to watch the game tonight."

    Cleveland points to his class of six freshman (Bryce Cartwright, Paul George, Justin Johnson, Taylor Kelly, Mychal Ladd and Brandon Sperling) as individuals who play the game the right way and have dedicated themselves to success on and off the court. He raves of how the guys want to get better by getting to practice early, staying late, and hitting the gym in between classes. But Cleveland takes a distinct pride with their focus on doing well in the classroom. In his career, he has coached 26 academic all-conference honorees while guiding his student-athletes to graduation. Last year, Nedeljko Golubovic (Pljevlja, Serbia) earned a 4.0 grade point average.

    Next Tuesday on Veteran's Day, www.gobulldogs.com will present a special feature of six former Bulldogs who graduated last spring and their commitment to completing their degrees.

    Oct. 7, 2008
    FRESNO, Calif.

    Built to Last
    Welcome to the Fresno State men's basketball "Bulldog Blog" on www.gobulldogs.com! My name is Stephen Trembley and I work in the Fresno State Media Relations office as the men's basketball contact. Throughout the year, this will be a place where you can find a look from inside the men's basketball program as the team travels throughout the country representing Fresno State with potentially some guest blogs from our coaches, players, and other staff members. This will also give you the opportunity to send us your comments and questions about everything related to Bulldog Basketball.

    The title of this post "Built to Last" is a sneak preview of Coach Cleveland's fundamental philosophy for the team and a theme for the 2008-09 season. The men's basketball team has placed the highest priority of excelling in the classroom and on the basketball floor. The first official practice is October 17 followed by a great event on October 29 to showcase both the men's and women's teams in a free Red & White scrimmage and skills exhibition at the Save Mart Center. The season is just around the corner and will be here in a just a few weeks.