Football Season Opener
'Dogs Net 82-52 Win Over Pac-12's Utah
Junior Kevin Foster scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field to help fuel Fresno State's second-straight 30-point win.

Junior Kevin Foster scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field to help fuel Fresno State's second-straight 30-point win.
Dec. 3, 2011

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FRESNO, Calif. - The Bulldogs came out firing right from the start and used an all-around team effort for a dominating 82-52 victory the Pacific-12's Utah on Saturday afternoon at the Save Mart Center.

"We knew we had to come in with a mind set to be prepared for them," head coach Rodney Terry said. "I thought we played pretty well, we had a really good effort. The guys locked in on defense."

Kevin Foster scored a career-high 16 points, Kevin Olekaibe and Steven Shepp both reached 15 points each, and Jonathan Wills added 11 for Fresno State, who never trailed in the contest.

Shepp also dished out eight assists for the Bulldogs (4-4), who shot a season-high 58.2 percent from the floor to register the 30-point victory and the largest in program history over a school currently in the Pac-12.

"We had fun by playing hard," Foster said. "Coach always says to play hard and good things will happen."

Chris Hines scored 14 points and Jason Washburn added 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Utes (1-6), which lost their sixth straight.

Fresno State, which led 35-25 at halftime, put the game away with an 18-3 run midway through the second half. Olekaibe scored 10 points during the surge, including two 3-pointers against Utah's zone defense.

Olekaibe, who entered the game as the nation's third-leading sophomore scorer, has extended his double-digit scoring streak to ten, even as he faces all kinds of defensive approaches from man to zone to box-and-one fronts.

The 'Dogs finished with 21 assists against six turnovers compared to the Utes' 10 assists and 14 turnovers. Fresno State scored 24 points off the turnovers and held Utah without a fast-break point.

Fresno State also owned the pain with a 34-20 advantage inside and scored 24 points off Utes' turnovers.

"Our Town. Your Team!" - Fresno State heads back on the road to play the Pacific-12's Colorado and Utah next week before returning to the San Joaquin Valley for a Dec. 17 home game against Cal Poly. To secure single-game tickets, you can visit Ticketmaster online, through, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit the Save Mart Center Box Office between 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday-Friday) or two hours prior to tip off on gamedays. Make sure to also like Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and follow @FSAthletics on Twitter for the latest updates from the 'Dogs.



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