Bulldogs Host Defending WAC Champs
    Tyler Johnson tied a career-high with 17 points and added eight rebounds in the Bulldogs' Thursday night win over Idaho.

    Tyler Johnson tied a career-high with 17 points and added eight rebounds in the Bulldogs' Thursday night win over Idaho.
    Fresno State Men's Basketball 2012 Heroes Night

    Feb. 4, 2012

    FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State hosts defending Western Athletic Conference champion Utah State in the Save Mart Center on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

    The contest, which is presented by Table Mountain, will also be featured on the Bulldogs' flagship radio station, KMJ 580 AM.

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    PREVIEW: GAME 25 • WAC GAME 09
    Fresno State (10-14, 2-6 WAC) vs. Utah State (12-11, 4-4 WAC)

    Date: Saturday, February 4, 2012 (Tip Off: 7 p.m. PT)
    Site: Save Mart Center (15,596); Fresno, Calif.
    Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler/Steve Gonzalez)
    TV: None
    Online: www.GoBulldogs.com/AllAccess
    Next Up: The 'Dogs play their final WAC road games at SJSU & Hawai'i

    Quick Bulldog Bites
    • Fresno State leads the WAC in turnover margin (+3.2), fewest turnovers per game (10.9)
    • Olekaibe (O-LAY-key-bay) ranks in the top 5 sophomores, 2nd in WAC in scoring (17.7 ppg)
    • Olekaibe (O-LAY-key-bay) has scored 756 points in 53 career games
    • Wills ranks in the top 25 seniors, 2nd in WAC in free throw efficiency (81-94, 86.2%)
    • Shepp ranks in the top 20 seniors, leads WAC in assists and assists/game (116, 4.8 apg)
    • Fresno State is 2-0 when facing a team for a second time this season (Boise State & Idaho)
    • Four of the Bulldogs' seven-man rotation have recorded double-doubles this season
    • Korean War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Henry LeMay will sing the national anthem around 6:50 p.m. and the first 2,000 fans will get Terry Towels, so fans are encouraged to arrive early at the Save Mart Center

    About the Utah State Aggies
    Utah State (Western Athletic) is 12-11 on the season with a 4-4 mark in WAC play. The Aggies are led by Preston Medlin's 15.9 points per game. Utah State leads the all-time series with Fresno State 31-19, but the 'Dogs are 13-8 in home games against the Aggies. USU has won the past ten meetings with the last Fresno State wins coming back in 2007 when the Bulldogs swept the season series (79-70 at the Save Mart Center and 71-66 in Logan).

    Terry, Bulldogs Honor Heroes; Purple Heart Recipient to Sing National Anthem
    Head coach Rodney Terry and the 'Dogs are honoring all police officers, firefighters, paramedics, active military and veteran's along with their families and friends with $5 tickets for Saturday's contest with Utah State. Korean War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Henry LeMay will sing the national anthem around 6:50 p.m. and the first 2,000 fans will get Terry Towels, so the Red Wave is encouraged to arrive early at the Save Mart Center.

    'Dogs Notch Wire-to-Wire Win Over Idaho to Snap Skid
    The Bulldogs began the second half of conference play with a 65-55 wire-to-wire victory over the Idaho Vandals. Jerry Brown chalked up his first double-double by tallying 14 points on a perfect six-for-six shooting from the field and pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds while Tyler Johnson scored a game-best 17 points, which equaled his career high, to help Fresno State snap a three-game losing skid and win their first against UI in the past nine tries.

    Olekaibe Lighting Up the Nets
    Even as teams gameplan to stop him, Bulldogs' guard Kevin Olekaibe is a scoring machine or opens up the offense for his teammates. He ranks sixth among NCAA DI sophomore scorers and sits second in the WAC at 17.7 points per game. This season, Olekaibe has scored in double-digits in 19 games, reached at least 20 points nine times and topped the 25-point mark six times. Olekaibe is second in the nation in 3-point field goal attempts (200).

    'Dogs Draw Cal State Northridge for 10th Annual Sears BracketBusters
    Fresno State will visit Cal State Northridge for the 2012 Sears Brackerbusters on Feb. 18 in the Matadome, with tip off slated for 7 p.m. PT. This will be 30th meeting (and first since 2005) between the CSU programs, with Fresno State owning a 24-5 all-time series lead. The 'Dogs have won six of the past seven and 10 of the last 12 games against the Matadors.

    'Dogs Picked 6th, 7th in Preseason WAC Polls
    The Bulldogs know they have some work to do to exceed the expectations of the WAC head coaches and media, who picked the Fresno State men's basketball team to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 2011-12 preseason selections. Nevada and Utah State were tabbed as the early frontrunners by the coaches and media.

    'Dogs Field Two Seniors for First Time in Four Years
    For the first time in four years, Fresno State sports more than one senior with point guard Steven Shepp and wing Jonathan Wills suiting up as fifth-year seniors. Shepp is in his third season with the 'Dogs after starting at Allegany College and Wills is in his second in a Bulldog uniform as a D-I transfer from New Mexico.

    Fresno State to Host 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Regional
    All-Session Tickets are also on-sale for the NCAA Women's Basketball Fresno Regional Semifinals on Mar. 24, 2012 and the Fresno Regional Finals on Mar. 26. Adult tickets are $50, student and youth tickets are $25 or family plans are $99, which includes 2 adult and 2 youth all-session tickets. Tickets can be purchased through the Bulldog Ticket Office at www.GoBulldogs.com, calling 559-278-3647 or in person at Bulldog Stadium.

    "We Are Your Team!" --- Fresno State hosts a special Heroes Night on Saturday evening versus the defending WAC champion Utah State Aggies, with the tip scheduled for 7 p.m. PT and will be featured on KMJ 580 AM, the flagship radio station for Bulldog men's basketball. Make sure to follow Coach @RodneyTerry on Twitter for updates all season long.

     

     

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