Fresno State can remain in the hunt for a fourth place finish in the Mountain West standings with a win at San Jose State on Saturday night.
March 6, 2014
Game Notes: Fresno State
Game 31: Fresno State (15-15, 8-9 MW) at San Jose State (7-22, 1-16 MW)
March 8, 2014 7 p.m. PT San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center)
TV: Mountain West Network
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio & www.GoBulldogs.com (Paul Loeffler & Marc Q. Jones)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 80-75 (overall); San Jose State leads 39-27 (in San Jose)
Last Meeting: Fresno State 82, San Jose State 56 (2/8/14 - Fresno, Calif.)
Next Up for Fresno State: 2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships (Las Vegas)
Fresno State is tied for sixth in the Mountain West standings - a game back of fourth-place Boise State and Nevada.
Fresno State senior guard Tyler Johnson has scored 20 or more points in nine MW games (10 overall this season/11 overall in his career).
Johnson is the third-leading scorer in the MW play (18.5 ppg).
Johnson ranks No. 18 on Fresno State's all-time scoring list (1,221 points) - six points away from tying Demetrius Porter for 17th.
Fresno State has won seven of its last nine games after starting Mountain West play 1-7 (first MW team to ever start 1-7 and win 8 MW games)
Inside the Numbers
Fresno State has tied a Mountain West and school record for most overtime games played in a single season with five overtime games played.
Fresno State is 3-2 in overtime games this season.
Fresno State sophomore guards Cezar Guerrero and Marvelle Harris have each scored 10 or more points in 24 of the Bulldogs' 30 games this season.
Harris has also scored over 20 points in six games this season.
Johnson Producing as One of the Best in the MW
Bulldogs' senior guard Tyler Johnson has steadily improved during his four-year Fresno State career - increasing his scoring average from 4.4 (freshman) to 9.3 (sophomore) to 12.1 (junior) and now 16.6 as a senior. Johnson has scored at least 20 points eleven times his career, with nine of those coming this season in Mountain West play.
Fresno State Finishes Regular Season in San Jose
As winners in seven of its last nine games, Fresno State (15-14, 8-8 Mountain West) closes the regular season at San Jose State (7-22, 1-16 MW) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT. The contest will be broadcast globally on the Mountain West Network online at www.GoBulldogs.com. The game can also be heard on 940 AM ESPN Radio.
Bulldogs To Enter MW Tourney as No. 6 or No. 7 Seed
With a win over San Jose State on Saturday, Fresno State remains in the hunt to tie for fourth place in the MW standings and will enter the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships as either the No. 6 or 7 seed. With a win over SJSU, Fresno State will be the No. 6 seed if Colorado State beats Wyoming or the No. 7 seed if Wyoming beats Colorado State. With a loss to SJSU, Fresno State would also be the No. 7 seed.
The Last Meeting
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February 8, 2014
'Dogs Stay Hot, Rout SJSU 82-56
Fresno State built a 24-point first half lead and then kept it around 20 for the rest of the way in a dominating 82-56 win over rival San José State (6-17, 0-11 MW) on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs led wire-to-wire to earn their third consecutive Mountain West Conference victory.
About the San Jose State Spartans
The San Jose State Spartans are 7-22 on the season and 1-16 in its inaugural season in the MW. SJSU is led by freshman guard Rashad Muhammad (13.0 ppg) and lead the conference in 3-point field goals made per game (8.8) this season. SJSU will enter the MW Tournament as the No. 11 seed.
Against the San Jose State Spartans
Fresno State leads the all-time series with San Jose State 80-75, but the 'Dogs have lost their last six road games at SJSU. Fresno State is looking for its first win in San Jose since an 87-80 win over the Spartans in 2006. The Bulldogs are 2-1 vs. SJSU during Coach Rodney Terry's tenure.
2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships Info
The 2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships will be hosted in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center from March 12-15, 2014.
Tickets are available at the Bulldog Ticket Office or 559-278-DOGS.
All games will be broadcast on either CBS, CBSSN or the MWN.
The top five seeds earn a first-round bye with seeds 6-11 opening on Wednesday, March 13 (6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10 and 8 vs. 9).
Fresno State will enter the tournament as either the No. 6 or 7 seed - opening play on Wednesday at either 4:30 p.m. (as the No. 7 seed) or 7 p.m. (as the No. 6 seed).
Single-Session Tickets for the MW Tourney on Sale
Single-session ticket sales for the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Women's and Men's Basketball Championships went on sale March 1. At that time, fans could now be able to purchase single- or all-session tickets via phone by calling toll-free at 1-866-388-3267, online at TheMW.com/2014 or in person at the Thomas & Mack Center box office or UNLVTickets outlets in Las Vegas. For more information, log on to TheMW.com/2014.
Priority Access for 2014-15 Season Tickets Available Now
With excitement surrounding the Fresno State men's basketball program, Fresno State fans can get priority access for 2014-15 season tickets by calling 559-278-DOGS. The Bulldogs will host at least nine Mountain West games, along with once again playing a competitive non-conference schedule. Season ticket packages start at $149 with business, family and young alumni options also available.
'Dogs Defend Home Court, Fan Support Growing under Terry
Since Rodney Terry's first season at Fresno State, fan support has steadily increased in each of the past two seasons. With 16 home games this season, Fresno State went 11-5 at the Save Mart Center - the most home wins during Terry's tenure. In 2013-14, Fresno State welcomed 115,900 fans to the SMC for an average of 7,244 fans per game - the highest average since the 2009-10 season.