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Bulldogs Upended by Rainbow Warriors
Ned Golubovic had a career-high 13 points.
Ned Golubovic had a career-high 13 points.

Jan. 19, 2008

Final Stats

HONOLULU (AP) -- A trip to Hawaii can be paradise, except when teams enter the Stan Sherrif Center. Fresno State found the going tough Saturday nights in a 75-62 loss to the Warriors. Despite a 21-point effort by Kevin Bell and a career-high 13 points from Nedeljko Golubovic, the Bulldogs struggled from the three point range, something that has been a season-long strength.

Matt Gibson and Riley Luettgerodt added 12 points apiece for the Rainbow Warriors (7-10, 3-2 Western Athletic Conference), who have won three of four.

Kevin Bell's scoring output moved him into 36th place on the Bulldog career scoring list. Fresno State (9-10, 2-3) got a solid performance from senior Hector Hernandez who had 13 for the Bulldogs.

The teams traded baskets early in the first half, which featured 12 lead changes and three ties. But the Bulldogs shot just 2-of-12 from the field in the final 10:38 of the half, and Hawaii outscored Fresno State 14-5 during the stretch to take a 29-23 lead at halftime.

Hawaii extended its lead early in the second half, making five of its first six 3-point attempts of the half and went up 50-38 on Gibson's 3-pointer from the right wing with 12:27 remaining.

Fresno State would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.

Head Coach Steve Cleveland "When two of your top two scorers have a tough night shooting the ball, it's going to be tough to win on the road. For us to be a successful basketball team we need to get points from Eddie Miller. He's a great shooter but had an off night. We don't have anyone right now who can pick up the slack. "



"I thought Hawaii played very well tonight. When they can knock down threes like that they are a very dangerous basketball team. Nash killed us with a couple big threes. Dillinger is a good shooter."

"We've been on the road. Right now we are tired team. We need to get home get back after it in the Save Mart Center. That starts next Saturday against San Jose State."


  • This game completes a stretch to start the WAC season in which the Dogs played four of their first five league games on the road. Fresno State has four of its next five WAC games at the Save Mart Center, beginning with arch-rival San Jose State next Saturday, Jan. 26.

  • Kevin Bell jumped a couple spots on the Bulldog's career list with 21 points against Hawaii. He has 911 points and moved past Ken Barnes (1975-78) and Vern Chrissman (1960-61, '64) into 36th place on the career list.

  • Bell had his first 20-point game since Dec. 22 against Pacific when he scored 24. Bell also did a solid job on the defensive end holding Hawaii's leading scorer Matt Gibson to 12 points. Gibson entered the game averaging more than 16 points per game.

  • Freshman Ned Golubovic had a career-high with 13 points. He scored seven points in the first half. His previous career-high was eight points.

  • Fresno State had 10 more rebounds than the Warriors, 37-27.

  • WAC final scores from Saturday night:
    New Mexico State 64, Louisiana Tech 53
    Utah State 79, Idaho 64
    Boise State 95, Nevada 80
    Fresno State hosts Boise State on Monday, January 28 at the Save Mart Center.

    Join the State - Fresno State! The Bulldogs return home to the Save Mart Center on Saturday, January 26 in a rematch against San Jose State at 7 p.m. Be there as Fresno State honors the 2007 Fresno State football team, winners of the 2007 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl at halftime. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (559) 485-TIXS, or in person at the Save Mart Center box office.

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