Nov. 12, 2012
Game 2 Fresno State (0-1) at UC Riverside (0-2)
Nov. 14, 2012 7 p.m. PT SRC Arena - Riverside, Calif. (2,750)
TV: None Live Video: Bigwest.tv
Radio: KMJ 580 AM Paul Loeffler (Play-by-Play)/Randy Rosenbloom (Analyst)
Series record: Fresno State leads 4-0
Last Meeting: FS 68, UCR 49 Feb. 19, 2011 Fresno, Calif.
This is the fifth meeting between Fresno State and UC Riverside in men's basketball. The Bulldogs are 4-0 all-time versus the Highlanders.
This is the first of four straight games that the 'Dogs will play in the state of California (three of four versus Big West Conference opponents).
Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 31 of 34 games.
Fresno State returns five letterwinners, including three starters, and welcomes nine newcomers to its roster for the 2012-13 season.
Fresno State Visits UC Riverside
After nearly upsetting No. 24 Texas in its season opener, Fresno State wraps up a season-opening road trip on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when the Bulldogs visit the UC Riverside Highlanders. The game can be heard live on KMJ 580 AM or at www.gobulldogs.com (All Access subscription required).
'Dogs Defend Ground in Golden State Under Terry
For the second straight season, Fresno State is playing 19 of its regular season games in the state of California. Last year, Fresno State was 12-7 when playing in the Golden State, including a 3-2 mark away from the Save Mart Center and a 2-1 record against Big West opponents.
About the UC Riverside Highlanders
The UC Riverside Highlanders are 0-2 on the season after losing at DePaul (91-59) and UIC (59-52) to open the year. UCR went 14-17 (7-9 Big West) last season and return just one starter from a year ago. UC Riverside is led by Josh Fox (13.5 ppg/7.5 rpg) and Austin Fox (11.0 ppg/2.5 apg). UCR head coach Jim Wolldridge owns a 64-89 record as he has entered his sixth season with the Highlanders.
Against the UC Riverside Highlanders (FS Leads 4-0)
The Bulldogs and Highlanders last met on Feb. 19, 2011, as part of the ESPNU Bracketbusters Event, when Fresno State beat UCR 68-49 at the Save Mart Center. The schools have met just once in Riverside, when the 'Dogs downed the Highlanders 74-60 on Jan. 4, 1978.
Nearly Hooked! No. 24 Texas Edges Bulldogs, 55-53
Down in the heart of Texas, the Fresno State men's basketball team gave the 24th-ranked Longhorns nearly all they could handle before falling 55-53 in the closing seconds of a hard-fought season opener at the Erwin Center. In a game that featured 12 ties, the Bulldogs led by as many as five early in the second half. The `Dogs were led by freshman guard Marvelle Harris, who tallied a team-high 11 points, and nine points each from guards Tyler Johnson and Allen Huddleston.
'Dogs Hosts Pacific Friday in Home Opener
Fresno State begins its tenth season at the Save Mart Center on Friday night when the Bulldogs host the Pacific Tigers in the continuation of the second-longest running series in program history. Fresno State is 46-30 versus the Tigers in home games and the 'Dogs sport a 68-19 overall record in home openers. At the Save Mart Center, Fresno State is 9-0 in home openers and have won those games by an average of 16.4 points.
Newcomers Step Up in Fresno State Debuts
With Rodney Terry fielding his first full recruiting class with the addition of nine newcomers to the Bulldogs' roster, four of those nine earned immediate playing time - junior starting point guard Allen Huddleston and freshmen Aaron Anderson, Tanner Giddings and Marvelle Harris. Huddleston scored nine points, dished out three assists and grabbed three rebounds as Fresno State's starting point guard in its season-opening 55-53 loss at then-No. 24 Texas. In that game, Harris posted a team-best 11 points as the only 'Dog in double figures on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor. Giddings tallied four points, three blocks and an offensive board while Anderson played seven minutes with an assist.
Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad held a potent Texas offense to just 36.7 percent shooting from the field and 1-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arc. Fresno State also forced 13 turnovers that the Bulldogs turned into 16 points. Meanwhile, No. 24 Texas managed just two points off Fresno State's seven turnovers.
Valuing the Basketball
One of Rodney Terry's points of emphasis is the importance of valueing the basketball. Since Terry's arrival, Fresno State has not committed more turnovers than its opponents in 31 of 34 games, including 28 of those 34 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
Olekaibe Continues to Climb Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 40th in Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 926 career points in 63 games. He also ranks ninth in 3-point field goal attempts (447) and tenth in 3-point field goals made (147). Olekaibe also owns the seventh-best career free throw percentage (78.8%).
Bulldogs Begin Mountain West Era
Fresno State is in its first season as a member of the Mountain West, which produced four NCAA Tournament teams last year. The MW features two teams ranked in the preseason AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 18/19 UNLV and No. 20/20 San Diego State) as well as two schools receiving votes in the national polls (New Mexico and Colorado State). The MW ranked as the best in the West and fifth-best in the nation for the 2011-12 season, according to the NCAA Ratings Performance Index.
Dialing from Long Distance
Fresno State has made a 3-pointer in 540 consecutive games, which ranks third among current Mountain West institutions. The last time Fresno State did not convert a 3-pointer in a game was back on Dec. 2, 1995 versus Princeton in the Coors Light Classic at Selland Arena, which the Tigers won 59-54. The MW's UNLV currently holds the NCAA record for consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer as the Runnin' Rebels are one of only three schools in the nation to make one 3-pointer in every one of their games since the rule was implemented.
Season & Single-Game Non-MW Tickets on Sale
Fresno State men's basketball season tickets are only available through the Bulldog Foundation, and the $149 price for the lower bowl seats equals less than $10 per game. To purchase season tickets, please call the BDF at 559-278-7160. Single-game non-conference tickets can be bought through Ticketmaster and the Save Mart Center Box Office. The non-conference single game tickets start at $17 for adults and $9 for youth, except for contests versus San Diego Christian and Sonoma State, which are priced at $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 2-12).
2013 Mountain West Championships Tickets on Sale
Reserved all-session tickets are on sale now for $180 for all 16 games (men's and women's games) through the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling 559-278-3647. The 2013 Mountain West Basketball Championships, which will be played March 12-16 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, tips off on Tuesday, March 12 with the men's and women's first-round contests featuring the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. The men's quarterfinals will be held on Wednesday, March 13, followed by the women's quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14. Semifinal action will take place on Friday, March 15, with the men's and women's championship games set for Saturday, March 16. The men's final will be televised on CBS for the first time in Mountain West history. The men's championship game tips off on Saturday, March 16 at 3:05 p.m. PT, followed by the women's final, which will air on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 7:05 p.m. PT.
Time Out Club Monthly Luncheons
Fresno State's Time Out Club is holding monthly luncheons with Coach Terry and selected student-athletes at Buffalo Wild Wings on the first Thursday of each month during the season from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Coach Terry talking around noon. The lunch buffet is $10.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Season tickets are available through the Bulldog Foundation, and the $149 price for the lower bowl seats is roughly $10 per game. To purchase season tickets, please call the BDF at 559-278-7160. The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are KMJ 580 AM (English) and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish).
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