Oct. 25, 2011
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State basketball programs showcased their talents on Tuesday night at the annual Red & Whites Hoops Night. Both the men's and women's teams hit the hardwood for a scrimmage, three-point contest and dunk contest in front of nearly 1,000 excited Red Wave fans.
"We have a great stage to showcase our program, and we had a fun time tonight," head men's coach Rodney Terry said.
The women took to the floor first for a 10 minute intrasquad scrimmage. The red team consisted of returners Veronica Wilson, Taylor Thompson, Alex Furr, Ki-Ki Moore and newcomer s Ta'Nitra Byrd and Rachael Pecota. The White team was made up of returners Bree Farley, Blakely Goldberg, Jeanna Furst, Rosie Moult and newcomers Madison Parrish, Robin Draper and Alex Sheedy.
Parrish made the first three-pointer of the night for the Bulldogs. Moore drained another three with under two minutes left to tie the scrimmage 9-9. A give and go
from Moore to Thompson made the game-winning layup for the red team's 11-9 win.
Wilson led the scoring with four points by dropping in a pair of back-to-back lay-ups to start the scrimmage.
"Our fans are so important to us," head women's coach Adrian Wiggins said. "We have a great schedule with Stanford, Oklahoma and Oregon coming into our house this year. We're really looking forward to the season."
The men then took the floor for their 10-minute scrimmage.
The red team consisted of Jonathan Wills, Steven Shepp, Kevin Olekaibe, Jerry Brown and Larry McGauhey. The white team was made up of returners Garrett Johnson and Tyler Johnson and newcomers Daquan Brown, Grant Hefeng and Allen Huddleston.
The squads played a physical battle to a 23-23 draw when Shepp drained an uncontested 3-pointer with two seconds left in the 10 minute scrimmage. Olekaibe led all scorers with nine points while Hefeng and Garrett Johnson added six points each and Brown pulled down five rebounds.
"It is always a great experience to get back into the Save Mart Center and be in front of our fans," Wilson said. "The joy of knowing the season is here is a relief and exciting."
The men ended the night with the annual dunk contest. Each contestant had two minutes to complete a dunk. The dunk contest was judges by a panel of celebrity judges that included three former Bulldogs Paul George, Jaleesa Ross and Hayley Munro. Also on the panel were Timeout and Associate Athletics Director Paul Ladwig.
Tyler Johnson began the contest with a two-handed windmill that received a 37 from the celebrity judges. Up next KO slammed down a reverse 360 for a score of 31 from the guest judges. Jerry Brown got a loud cheer from the fans after twisting around bringing it to his hip before throwing it down with both hands. The judges agreed with the crowd and gave him a score of 41. Daquan Brown did a one handed dunk that got a 41 from the celebrity panel of judges.
But it was the freshman from China who received the highest score of the first round with a 48. The freshman did a 360 twist and slammed dunked the ball with one hand.
Hefeng then won the entire contest with a perfect score on the dunk of the night. He bounced the ball between his legs and off the back board and then threw it down with two hands.
"Grant came to me not knowing what he should do, so we came up with a plan," Shepp said. "But he surprised me in the first round when he went back out there. Being away from home can be hard, but the community really showed their support for him tonight."
The event ended with a meet and greet with both teams. Fans got a chance to talk to and get autographs from both the men's and women's teams.
"We Are Your Team!"-- The Bulldogs kickoff the season with exhibition games against cross town rival Fresno Pacific. The women host the Sunbirds on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center. The men host the FPU on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center. Admission to both events is $5 per game.
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