Jan. 5, 2011
RUSTON, La. - As winners in five of its past six outings, the Fresno State men's basketball team will open its road WAC slate at Louisiana Tech on Thursday (5 p.m. PT) and New Mexico State on Saturday (6 p.m. PT).
Both games can be heard live on KMJ Radio 580 AM. The contest in Las Cruces can also be seen on the WAC Sports Network (KAIL) and www.espn3.com.
About the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are 9-7 on the season, 5-0 at home and 0-2 in WAC play. DeAndre Brown is Louisiana Tech's leading scorer at 16.4 ppg. Olu Ashaolu adds 15.0 ppg and 9.1 rpg. Fresno State and Louisiana Tech at 12-12 in the all-time series. Fresno State has won six of the past nine meetings with Louisiana Tech.
Smith, Steed Shine in WAC Opening Sweep of SJSU & Nevada
For the fifth time in the past six seasons, Fresno State opened home conference action with a 2-0 sweep. The Dogs defeated San Jose State 75-62 and Nevada 80-74 to move into a three-way tie with Boise State and Utah State for first place. In the win over SJSU, sophomore Greg Smith and junior Tim Steed led all scorers with 16 points each. Steed's career-high 20 points then powered the Bulldogs' third straight home victory against Pack.
Olekaibe Scoring Double-Digits on Nightly Basis
Freshman guard Kevin Olekaibe (pronounced O-lay-key-bay) earned his way into the Dogs' rotation for his ability to score and dynamic style of play. He is averging 10.5 points per game with 10 or more points in eight of the past ten games. Olekaibe, a native of Las Vegas, is the team leader in assists (28, 2.4 apg), steals (20, 1.7 spg) and 3-pointers (22).
Golubovic Leads Dogs by Example, Shining in Senior Season
Senior team captain Nedeljko Golubovic delivered his first career double-double in his 107th game as a Bulldog in Fresno State's 82-69 win over NDSU. As the only senior on the roster, he has provided a steady source of experienced leadership throughout his four-year Bulldog career. Golubovic is also a two-time ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.
Funk Finding Groove in Bulldogs' System, All-Around Threat
Freshman forward Bracken Funk is finding his role in the Bulldogs' system with a tenacious energy. Funk, a 21-year-old native of Alpine, Utah, is playing basketball at full strength for the first time in three years. He suffered a knee injury during his junior season at Lone Peak High School, where Funk powered the Knights to three state titles. Funk recorded his first career double-double (14 points/10 rebounds) in the Dogs' 82-69 win over NDSU.
"We Are Your Team!" --- After a two-game road trip, the Bulldogs will be back in the Save Mart Center for a showdown with defending WAC regular season champion Utah State on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
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