Fresno State will face an elimination game on Wednesday in Game 2 of the CBI Championship Series - needing a win to force a deciding Game 3 on Saturday.
April 1, 2014
Game Notes: Fresno State Siena
2014 College Basketball Invitational Championship Series
Game 2: Fresno State (20-17) at Siena (19-17)
April 2, 2014 4 p.m. PT Loudonville, N.Y. (Alumni Recreation Center)
TV: CBS Sports Network (Scott Graham & Bob Wenzel)
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio & www.GoBulldogs.com (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series record / Last Meeting: Siena leads series 1-0 (Siena 61, Fresno State 57 - Monday)
Fresno State All-Time Record in Postseason: 19-14* (5* NCAA app., 9 NIT app. & 1 CBI app.)
Fresno State has reached the championships of a postseason tournament for the first time since 1983 and second time in school history.
Fresno State is making its first postseason appearance since 2007 (NIT).
Fresno State is the last Mountain West team still in postseason play and one of just 12 schools in the country in a postseason tournament.
Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry coached his 100th game with the Bulldogs on Monday night in the CBI championships opener.
Past CBI champions include Tulsa, Oregon State, VCU, Oregon, Pittsburgh, and Santa Clara.
Fresno State has won 12 of its last 16 games; tied for 5th in the MW.
Fresno State is 19-14* all-time in postseason tournament games.
REFERENCE: "Fresno State" (never: FSU, CSUF, Fresno State University, or just 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 11 games this season and 12 times in his career
Johnson was the third-leading scorer in the MW play (18.2 ppg)
Johnson ranks No. 16 on Fresno State's all-time scoring list (1,307 points)
Fresno State sophomore guard Marvelle Harris scored at least 10 points in 26 games this season; scored over 20 points in seven 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)
Fresno State Heads to Upstate N.Y. for Game 2
The Fresno State men's basketball team (20-17) will visit Siena (19-17) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. PT in game two of the College Basketball Invitational Championship Series. All CBI Finals games will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network, 940 AM ESPN Radio and www.GoBulldogs.com. Fresno State needs to win Wednesday to force a winner-take-all championship on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. PT.
About the Siena Saints
The Siena Saints are 19-17 on the seaosn and went 11-9 Metro Atlantic conference play. Siena is led by Rob Poole (14.7 ppg). Siena leads the all-time series 1-0 following Monday's 61-57 win in Fresno.
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 12 times his career.
Saints Take Game 1, 'Dogs Look to Bounce Back
Cezar Guerrero led Fresno State with 15 points, but Siena rallied from 13 points down in the second half to beat Fresno State 61-57 in the Game 1 of the College Basketball Invitational final series Monday. Lavon Long scored 13 points for Siena, which did not allow a field goal for nearly the final seven minutes. Alex Davis added 12 points for Fresno State. The loss snapped a three-game win streak that featured CBI wins at UTEP and then back-to-back home games vs. Princeton and Old Dominion.