Bulldogs Host Princeton in CBI Quarterfinal
Freshman Paul Watson helped launch the Bulldogs into the CBI Quarterfinals with a big late 3-pointer in last Wednesday's win at UTEP.
Freshman Paul Watson helped launch the Bulldogs into the CBI Quarterfinals with a big late 3-pointer in last Wednesday's win at UTEP.

March 23, 2014

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2014 College Basketball Invitational Quarterfinals
Game 35: Princeton (21-8) at Fresno State (18-16)
March 24, 2014 • 7 p.m. PT • Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
TV: Mountain West Network (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio & www.GoBulldogs.com (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series record: Princeton leads 3-0 (2-0 in Fresno, 1-0 at Save Mart Center)
Last Meeting: Princeton 72, Fresno State 67 (12/6/03 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center)

Bulldog Bones
• Fresno State has reached the quarterfinals of a postseason tournament for the first time since 1998 and fifth time in school history.
• Fresno State is making its first postseason appearance since 2007 (NIT).
• Fresno State is one of two Mountain West teams (SDSU) still in postseason play.
• Fresno State has won 10 of its last 13 games.
• Fresno State tied for fifth in the Mountain West regular season.
• Fresno State is 17-13 all-time in postseason tournament games.
• REFERENCE: "Fresno State" (never: FSU, CSUF, Fresno State University, or simply "Fresno")
• ABBREVIATION: Fresno St. or FS

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 (1,261 points) • Fresno State sophomore guard Marvelle Harris scored at least 10 points in 26 games this season; scored over 20 points in six 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)

Bulldogs Look to Use CBI Experience as Catalyst
Fresno State was one of 16 schools in the nation to earn invitations to play in the College Basketball Invitational. Past CBI champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, and Santa Clara.

Fresno State To Host Princeton in CBI Quarterfinals
The Fresno State men's basketball team (18-16) will host Princeton (21-8) on Monday night at 7 p.m. PT in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational. The game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network, 940 AM ESPN Radio and www.GoBulldogs.com.

About the Princeton Tigers
The Princeton Tigers is 21-8 on the season and went 8-6 in Ivy League play. Princeton is led by T.J. Bray, who averages 18 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game while making 55 percent of his field goal attempts.

Against the Princeton Tigers
This is the fourth meeting between Fresno State and Princeton with the Tigers winning each of the previous three contests (1986, 1995 and 2003). Fresno State is 0-2 vs. Princeton at home with the Tigers winning the only other meeting at the Save Mart Center when the schools played in the McCaffrey Classic. Of note, Princeton played in the first-ever regular season collegiate men's basketball game at the Save Mart Center when the Tigers lost 57-55 to UC Irvine on Dec. 5, 2003 in the McCaffrey Classic.

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 15.7 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 Earns CBI-Opening Postseason Win at UTEP
The Fresno State men's basketball team guarded their way to a 61-56 road victory over the University of Texas-El Paso in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) on Wednesday night at the Don Haskins Center. The win marked the first postseason victory for the Bulldogs since a 2001 win over California in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

'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. For its home opener vs. CSU Northridge (14,770) and home finale vs. then-No. 10 San Diego State (14,801), Fresno State recorded two of its top five all-time attendance marks for a home game. Those contests also marked the 26th and 27th, repsectively, games of over 12,000 at the Save Mart Center.

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.



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