March 11, 2014
Tournament Notes: Fresno State
2014 Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships
March 12-15, 2014 Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center)
Opening Round: Wednesday, March 12 4:30 p.m. PT
No. 7 seed Fresno State vs. No. 10 seed Air Force (MWN)
Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 13 6 p.m. PT
FS/AFA Winner vs. No. 2 seed New Mexico (CBSSN)
Semifinals: Friday, March 14 8:30 p.m. PT
UNM-FS/AFA Winner vs. NEV-BSU/SJSU Winner (CBSSN)
Finals: Saturday, March 15 3 p.m. PT
Championship Game (CBS)
Fresno State is one of three Mountain West schools to have won eight of its last 10 games (No. 8/7 San Diego State and No. 20 New Mexico).
Fresno State has won eight of its last ten games after starting Mountain West play 1-7 (first MW team to ever start 1-7 and finish .500).
Fresno State tied for fifth in the Mountain West regular season.
REFERENCE: "Fresno State" (never: FSU, CSUF or just "Fresno")
Between the Baselines: Inside the Numbers
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 was the third-leading scorer in the MW play (18.2 ppg).
Johnson ranks No. 17 on Fresno State's all-time scoring list (1,233 points) Fresno State sophomore guard Marvelle Harris scored at least 10 points in 25 games this season; scored over 20 points in six games this season.
Fresno State Cezar Guerrero have each scored 10 or more points in 24 of the Bulldogs' 31 games this season.
Fresno State tied a school record for most overtime regular season games played in a single season with five overtime games (went 3-2 in OT games)
Johnson Produced 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 16.4 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 Heads to Vegas with Momentum
The Fresno State men's basketball team (16-15, 9-9 Mountain West) enters the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship in Las Vegas as the No. 7 seed. The Bulldogs open play on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. versus No. 10 seed Air Force. Fresno State finished the regular season in a tie for fifth place and enters the conference tournament as one of three MW teams to have won eight of its last 10 games (SDSU & New Mexico).
Watson Named MW Freshman of the Year
Fresno State freshman forward/guard Paul Watson was named the Mountain West's Freshman of the Year by the league's head coaches and select media members. During league play, Watson led all MW freshmen in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and finished second among MW freshmen in scoring (8.6 ppg) and blocked shots (12). Watson is the third freshman in school history to earn conference Freshman of the Year, joining previous winners Mike Mitchell (PCAA; 1985-86) and Greg Smith (WAC; 2009-10).
Johnson, Harris Earn All-MW Honors
Fresno State senior guard Tyler Johnson was named second-team All-Mountain West and sophomore guard Marvelle Harris earned Honorable Mention All-MW honors by the league's head coaches and select media members. During league play, Johnson helped fuel Fresno State's charge down the stretch by averaging 18.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game while Harris posted 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Johnson was previously named honorable mention All-MW last season and this is the first All-MW honor for Harris.
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.
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