With its 78-64 victory over Hawai'i, the Fresno State Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play for the first time since 2006-07, when Cleveland guided the Bulldogs to a 22-10 record and NIT appearance, and 9-7 through the first half of the season. The Bulldogs have won five consecutive home games and six of its past seven in the Save Mart Center.
Sophomore guard/forward Paul George finished with 21 points, his fifth 20-plus point performance of the season, and nine rebounds, six assists, four steals, and three 3-pointers on seven of 12 shooting from the field --- all game-highs. He also went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Senior forward Sylvester Seay added 17 points, his 12th consecutive game with 11 or more points, and six rebounds. His game-high five offensive rebounds were a season-high by a Bulldog. With the 17 points on the evening, Seay is now 13 points away from becoming one of the top 50 scorers in Fresno State history.
Sophomore point guard Steven Shepp showed his vision and flash in an up-tempo game, where he directed the Bulldogs to a season-best 47 points in a half and an 18-point halftime lead. Shepp, who leads the WAC in assists (77) and assists/per game (4.8).
Fresno State outrebounded Hawai'i 34-33. The Bulldogs dominated the offensive glass against the Warriors, who entered the game as the WAC's leader in offensive rebounds, with a 14-6 pounding of the Bows in offensive boards.
In the first half, the Bulldogs dictated the pace with aggressive defensive pressure and disrupted the Warriors' passing lanes. The Dogs forced nine steals and outscored the Bows 24-0 in transition and 10-0 in fast break situations.