Foster Fuels 'Dogs to 76-67 Win over Mustangs
Nov. 19, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. --- The Bulldogs dialed up the energy and used a career-night by senior Kevin Foster to fuel a 76-67 victory over Cal Poly on Monday night at Mott Gym.
Fresno State (3-1) is off to its best start to a season since the 2006-07 when the Bulldogs began the year 7-0.
"I'm really proud of our how our guys came in with their defensive intensity and set the tone for how the game was going to be played," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "We knew we were playing a really good team and very similar to a Mountain West team that we will play in the future."
The Bulldogs built a 37-30 halftime lead over the Mustangs behind the power of an impressive post presence.
Senior forward Kevin Foster scored a career-best 28 points and nine rebounds, including 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the first half alone, and held strong in the second half en route to its third straight victory.
"We were trying to establish an inside presence from the very beginning and he gave us that," Terry said of Foster. "We wanted him to look to score the basketball. He gave us a great effort."
Junior guard Kevin Olekaibe, the Bulldogs' leading scorer from a season ago, broke out for 17 points, including 12 in the first half and a 4-for-6 mark on his 3-point attempts in the game.
With the 'Dogs down 18-16, Olekaibe's first 3-pointer of the game - a deep one from the right wing - gave the Bulldogs the momentum they needed at 19-18 and started an 8-1 run by the Bulldogs to move Fresno State ahead 24-19.
After opening the season with three of its first four on the road, Fresno State returns to action on Sunday afternoon at the Save Mart Center at 1 p.m. when the Bulldogs host Long Beach State - its fourth straight game against a Big West opponent.
"We have been in some tough places and playing some good teams," Terry said. "The chance to come home and play in front of our home crowd against of a very formidable foe in Long Beach State - a really good program - is only going to help us get better. We are going to keep playing as hard as we can every time out."
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Fresno State men's basketball non-conference single game tickets can be bought through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) and at the Save Mart Center Box Office starting at $17 for adults and $9 for youth, except for contests versus San Diego Christian and Sonoma State, which are priced at $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 2-12). The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are KMJ 580 AM (English) and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish).