Dec. 6, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State men's basketball team focused on its intensity, defensive pressure and offensive execution, and cruised past San Diego Christian for a wire-to-wire 84-49 victory on Thursday night at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State (5-3) scored the first seven points of the game, and never looked back to pick up its fifth win of the season and the program's 99th victory at the Save Mart Center.
"We've said all along that it's not about the opponent; it's about us getting better as a team," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "For the young guys getting the experience, those guys value this. When they're out there in game situations, we have a chance to get better. The young guys are definitely getting good experience and we try and give them as much as possible."
Four Bulldogs reached double figures, led by junior point guard Allen Huddleston's 13 points and Jerry Brown's efficient effort of 12 points, nine rebounds and four steals in just 20 minutes off the bench.
"For the last week, Coach (Terry) has been on me about being aggressive, rebounding, and playing the defense and he really challenged me," Brown said. "When I'm out there with my team, I just want to do my job and be efficient."
10 of the 11 'Dogs that saw action scored, including the first two career points for senior walk-on Brad Ely, who also grabbed three rebounds and added a steal.
Freshman Tanner Giddings started his second straight game and produced seven points and seven rebounds.
As a team, the Bulldogs recorded 18 steals - just one shy of the school record of 19 that was last achieved back on Dec. 1, 1998 versus Sacramento State - and shot 50.8 percent from the floor while holding SDC to just 37.8 percent on field goal attempts.
Fresno State also forced 27 turnovers by the Hawks and just dominated the transition game. The 'Dogs outscored San Diego Christian 17-0 on the fast-break points and 38-8 on points off turnovers.
The 35-point win is the second-largest margin of victory by a Fresno State team over the past 10 seasons - just six points off tying the 41-point win (83-42) by the 'Dogs over Maryland-Eastern Shore to open the 2004-05 season on Nov. 17, 2004.
Fresno State now starts a stretch of playing three Pac-12 teams over the course of the next four games when the Bulldogs visit the Washington State Cougars on Sunday at noon, which will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
The Pac-12 Network is available in Fresno on Comcast Ch. 433 (823 for HD) and Dish TV Ch. 413. No other provider in Fresno carries the Pac-12 Network.
The 'Dogs then return home to face Colorado on Wednesday and UC Irvine next Saturday, Dec. 15. Both games tip off at 7 p.m. PT and tickets for each game start at $17 for adults and $9 for youth (ages 2-18).
Fresno State then travels down to the new Pauley Pavilion to take on the UCLA Bruins on Dec. 22 at 8:30 p.m. - also on the Pac-12 Networks.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Fresno State's Mountain West Mini-Plan starts as low as $85 and includes the Bulldogs' first six MW games. The mini-plan is on sale now by calling 559-278-DOGS (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Monday through Friday) or visiting www.gobulldogs.com/miniplan. The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are KMJ 580 AM (English) and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish).
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