Marvelle Harris scored 18 points to lead Fresno State to a 68-63 victory over San Diego State to win the Mountain West title and earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2001.
The Fresno state men's basketball team has reached a conference tournament championship game for the first time since 2000.
Senior guard Marvelle Harris had 32 points and 10 assists to lead Fresno State over New Mexico 92-82 on Saturday night. This was the Bulldogs' first-ever win over the Lobos at The Pit.
Fresno State senior guard Marvelle Harris scored the Bulldogs' final 12 points, including a 10-0 game-winning run to end the game, as the 'Dogs rallied to beat Air Force 64-63 in thrilling fashion.
Photos from No. 3 Utah vs. No. 14 Fresno State in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
team practice and tournament press conference
San Diego State vs FresnoState
Colorado State vs Fresno State
Photos from Colorado State @ Fresno State on March 2, 2016.
• 2015-16 Mountain West Player of the Year -- Coaches
• 2016 MW Basketball Championships - Tournament Most Valuable Player
• Two-time All-MW First-Team [2014-15 & 2015-16] -- Coaches/Select MW Media
• Two-time MW All-Defensive Team [2014-15 & 2015-16] -- Coaches
• Two-time NABC First-Team All-District 17 [2014-15 & 2015-16]
• 2015-16 Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year -- MW Media
• 2015-16 Preseason All-MW First Team -- MW Media, Athlon & Lindy's Magazines
• Five-time MW Player of the Week (2013-14: 1 • 2014-15: 1 • 2015-16: 3)
• 2013-14 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention (Coaches/Select MW Media)
2015-16 (SENIOR): Delivered one of the best seasons in school history ... named the 2015-16 Mountain West Player of the Year and earned Associated Press All-American honorable mention honors ... led Fresno State to the MW Tournament championship, which the Bulldogs won with a 68-63 win over San Diego State on March 12, 2016 ... team captain for the 'Dogs, who returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001 ... finished career as the school's all-time leading scorer (2,031 points) and set single-season records for points scored (725), free throws made (179) and field goal attempts (589) ... also concluded his career as Fresno State's all-time leader in free throws made (506), free throws attempted (678) and field goals attempted (1,595) ... also ended career ranked second in program history in field goals made (667) and steals (207) ... his 2,031 points scored during his four-year career ranked fourth all-time in MW history ... only player in the NCAA Tournament and one of two players in the nation (Kay Felder of Oakland) that ranked in the top 3 in their respective conference in points per game, assists per game, steals per game, assist-turnover ratio and minutes per game (all games played) ... one of four players in the nation to rank in the top three in their respective conferences: points per game, assists per game and steals per game (all games played) ... third player in school history (Courtney Alexander and Melvin Ely) to earn preseason and postseason conference player of the year honors in the same season ... Fourth player in school history (Courtney Alexander, Maurice Talbot and Jerry Pender) to post multiple games with at least 37 points ... for the season, averaged 20.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game ... scored season-best 37 points with nine rebounds in 111-104 double overtime over UNLV on Feb. 6, 2016 ... also earned team's Most Valuable Player award, three MW Player of the Week accolades, first-team NABC All-District 17, and All-Mountain West first-team and All-Defensive team honors.
More Season Highlights from 2015-16 Season
• Scored 32 points with a career-best 10 assists (no turnovers) to lead the Bulldogs to a 92-82 win at New Mexico on Feb. 27, 2016. This was Fresno State's first-ever road win over the Lobos at The Pit in program history.
• Recorded 34 points with six rebounds, five assists and four steals while guiding the Bulldogs back from an 18-point deficit to beat Utah State 86-85 on the road on March 5, 2016. In the win, Harris made four free throws in the final minute, including the go-ahead points.
• Posted season-best 37 points and nine rebounds with seven assists, three steals and two blocks in 111-104 double overtime victory over UNLV on Feb. 6, 2016. Harris also went a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
• Scored 20 points with five assists, four steals and a career-high three blocks in 64-63 win over Air Force on Feb. 24, 2016. Harris scored the Bulldogs' final 12 points, including all of the game-winning 10-0 run in the final 1:53 to close the game. 15 of his 20 points came in the final seven minutes and he made two free throws with four seconds left for the win. Harris was the only scorer as the Bulldogs erased a nine-point deficit with under two minutes remaining in the game.
• Averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1. 5 steals in games at Oregon and Arizona, who were ranked at the time of the games and had played in the 2015 Pac-12 championship game and NCAA Tournament.
• Recorded 25 points with a career-high seven 3-pointers and also had seven assists and two steals in 79-75 win at Wyoming on Feb. 17, 2016.
• Posted 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals while playing all 40 minutes of 58-57 win over MW leader San Diego State (first conference loss for SDSU) on Feb. 10, 2016.
• Scored 22 points (while fighting off the flu) to lead Fresno State to a MW-opening 69-66 road win at UNLV on Dec. 30, 2015 for the program's second-ever win over the Runnin' Rebels in Las Vegas.
2014-15 (JUNIOR): While leading the Bulldogs in nearly every statistical category and serving as the team's captain, led the Mountain West in steals (65, 2.0 spg) and finished second in assists (3.8 apg) and scoring (526) while averaging 16.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game ... delivered arguably the best performance by any Mountain West player throughout the season when he went off for a career-high 40 points while making 14-for-23 (60.9 percent) from the field and tied a career-best with five 3-pointers ... seventh Bulldog to ever join the 40-point club and delivered the eighth 40-point effort in school history ... finished the year ranked No. 17 on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,306 career points - 645 points away from tying Melvin Ely as the program's all-time scoring leader ... scored in double figures for 27 consecutive games to end the regular season before missing double-digits in the Bulldogs' season-ending MW Tournament quarterfinal loss to Colorado State ... earned first-team All-Mountain West honors from both the league's head coaches and a select media panel ... the MW coaches also credited his defensive prowess with a spot on the league's All-Defensive Team ... only non-senior to earn first-team All-Mountain West honors this season ... played in all 32 games with 31 starts ... posted one double-double (10 points/season-best 10 assists) in the Bulldogs' win over Saint Katherine College ... posted a season-high nine rebounds twice ... registered five games with a perfect clip at the free throw line, including a season-best 10-for-10 in the Bulldogs' 63-61 road win at Bakersfield ... contributed 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists to help lead Fresno State to a 59-57 win over then-No. 25 San Diego State.
2013-14 (SOPHOMORE): Played and started in all 39 games ... on the season, he averaged 14.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game ... logged a Mountain West-leading 1,350 minutes for an average of 34.6 minutes per game ... named the MW Player of the Week for leading Fresno State to a thrilling season-opening 98-97 overtime win at UC Irvine with a career-best 30 points and seven rebounds while setting career-highs in seven statistical categories ... posted 32 games with at least 10 points, including seven with 20 or more and five with 25 or more ... collected four double-doubles ... converted 77.3 percent (150-for-194) of his free throw attempts ... earned All-MW honorable mention honors.
2012-13 (FRESHMAN): One of four Bulldogs to play in all 30 games ... made six starts - all during Mountain West play ... on the season, he averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game ... logged a total of 743 minutes for an average of 24.8 minutes per game - the most of any of the Bulldogs' five freshmen ... made 76 out of 179 (42.5 percent) field goal attempts and netted 17 out of his 47 3-point attempts ... hit 52 out of 77 (67.5%) free throws ... also recorded 45 assists, 26 steals and five blocks ... scored a season-high 20 points in the Bulldogs' 89-64 win over Sonoma State on Dec. 30 ... posted 12 games with 10 or more points, including three with 15 or more points.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-sport letterwinner in both basketball (point guard) and football (wide receiver) at Eisenhower High School in Rialto, Calif. ... as a senior, named San Bernardino County Player of the Year, Citrus Belt League (CBL) Most Valuable Player and first-team All-CBL in basketball ... led Eisenhower High School to the CIF Southern Section Division 1A basketball quarterfinals with more than 24 points per game ... as a junior, named first-team All-CBL in basketball ... as a senior, named first-team All-CBL and second-team all-county in football ... named to Eisenhower High School's honor roll.
PERSONAL: Parents are Marvin Harris and Angela Hampton ... has seven siblings - four brothers, Joseph, Marvin, Markell, and Marquane, and three sisters, Marniece, Marshanique and Marshay ... his cousin Shareece Wright plays for the San Diego Chargers, and his cousin Milton Knox, plays on the Fresno State football team ... enjoys listening to music, playing video games, and joking around ... favorite athlete is Lebron James because he does it all ... biggest athletic thrill is dunking on a person or crossing them over ... most admires his mom and dad because they have done so much to make sure he succeeds in life ... chose to attend Fresno State because he felt it was the best fit for him and would fit in well ... also recruited by California, Colorado, South Carolina and Washington.
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