Jan. 17, 2014
Game 19: New Mexico (12-4, 3-1 MW) at Fresno State (8-10, 1-4 MW)
Jan. 18, 2014 - 4 p.m. PT - Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center --- 15,596)
TV: ESPN3/WatchESPN.com (Trey Bender & Bill Herenda)
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio & www.GoBulldogs.com (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series Record: New Mexico leads 10-7 (overall); Fresno State leads 6-2 (in Fresno)
Last Meeting: New Mexico 54, Fresno State 48 (2/13/13 - Fresno - Save Mart Center)
Next Up: vs. Nevada (Jan. 22); at UNLV (Jan. 25); vs. Wyoming (Jan. 29)
Fresno State is seeking its first win over New Mexico since 1999 and the first over UNM by a Rodney Terry-coached team.
New Mexico is the ninth team that the Bulldogs have faced this season that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Fresno State senior guard Allen Huddleston is 11 points away from scoring 1,000 career Division I points. Huddleston played his first two seasons at Pacific before transferring to Fresno State as a junior.
Inside the Numbers
Fresno State senior guard Tyler Johnson has scored over 20 points in each of the past four games.
Seven of the eight games between Fresno State and New Mexico played in Fresno have been decided by seven points or less.
Fresno State redshirt sophomore point guard Cezar Guerrero has scored 10 or more points in 16 of the Bulldogs' 18 games this season.
Fresno State Hosts Defending MW Champs Saturday
Fresno State (8-10, 1-4 Mountain West) returns from a tough two-game road trip to face the defending Mountain West champion New Mexico Lobos (12-4, 3-1 MW) on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. PT. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3, and can be heard live on 940 AM ESPN Radio and online at www.GoBulldogs.com.
Paul George Figurines to be Given Away on Jan. 18
Former Fresno State star Paul George, who has become one of the elite players in the NBA while playing for the Indiana Pacers, will be celebrated on Jan. 18 when the Bulldogs host the New Mexico Lobos. A limited edition Paul George figurine will be given away to the first fans to the Save Mart Center for the contest against the defending Mountain West regular season and tournament champion. Fans will also have a chance to win a figurine throughout the game. Doors open at 3 p.m. PT with tip off slated for 4 p.m. PT.
Johnson Joins 1,000 Point Club
Bulldogs' senior guard Tyler Johnson became the 30th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points as the Fresno State men's basketball team nearly upset No. 10 San Diego State on Jan. 15 at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. Johnson, who is in his fourth and final year at Fresno State, has steadily improved in each of his four seasons - increasing his points per game average from 4.4 (freshman) to 9.3 (sophomore) to 12.1 (junior) and now 15.4 as a senior.
About the New Mexico Lobos
The New Mexico Lobos are the defending Mountain West regular season and tournament champion. The Lobos are 12-4 and 3-1 in league play after a rare home loss on Wednesday to UNLV. UNM is under the direction of first-year head coach Craig Neal - the lead assistant from last season's squad. The Lobos returned four starters, with Cameron Bairstow leading New Mexico by averaging over 20 points per game through the first 16 games of the season. Kendall Williams and Alex Kirk also own double-digit scoring averages. UNM leads the all-time series with Fresno State 10-7, but the Bulldogs have defended their home floor well with a 6-2 advantage in home games vs. the Lobos.
'Dogs Shine in OT Thrillers
In its first nine games of the season, Fresno State played three overtime games - winning all three. The Bulldogs opened by beating UC Irvine 98-97 when Allen Huddleston banked in 40-foot buzzer beater. And then during its 29th Fresno State Classic, the 'Dogs outlasted Bakersfield (96-86) and Northern Arizona (71-67) to improve to 3-0 in overtime games.
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