Nov. 14, 2013
Game 3 Cal State Northridge (1-1) at Fresno State (1-1)
Nov. 16, 2013 7 p.m. PT Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center - 15,596)
TV: Mountain West Network Online: www.GoBulldogs.com
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series record: Fresno State leads 25-5 (overall), 16-3 (home games) and 1-0 (at Save Mart Center)
Last Meeting: Fresno State 62, Northridge 49 (2/18/12 - at CSUN)
Next Up for Fresno State: Nov. 20 vs. Cal Poly
This is the 31st all-time meeting between Fresno State and Northridge.
After opening the season with two straight road games, Fresno State will play six of its next seven games at home in the Save Mart Center.
Sophomore guard Marvelle Harris scored a career-high 30 points with seven rebounds and five assists in the Bulldogs' 98-97 overtime win at UCI to earn Mountain West Player of the Week honors.
Fresno State opened the season with a 98-97 overtime victory at UC Irvine on Nov. 8, 2013 - won on Allen Huddleston's 40-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer - and then lost 75-54 on the road at Pitt on Tuesday night.
Fresno State features five returners and 10 newcomers on its roster.
Inside the Numbers
Freshman forward Paul Watson sports a team-best 18.0 ppg (59.1% FG)
Under Terry, Fresno State has a +170 steal margin (471-301) by averaging 7.3 steals per game and a +2.7 steal edge per contest over 65 games.
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 51 of 65 games.
Fresno State Host Northridge in Save Mart Center's First Sell Out
After a thrilling 98-97 overtime win at UC Irvine and falling 75-54 at Pittsburgh, Fresno State (1-1) returns to the Valley for its sold-out home opener versus Northridge (1-1) Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT at the Save Mart Center. The game will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network and 940 AM ESPN Radio - both are free at www.GoBulldogs.com.
SOLD OUT! Fresno State Home Opener Sets Record
Fresno State's regular season home opener versus Northridge on Nov. 16 is officially sold out for the first time at the Save Mart Center. The home opener is also Fan Appreciation Night with hot dogs, popcorn and soda reduced to just 94 cents each. Prior to the 15,596-seat sell out for the Nov. 16 opener, the largest crowd for a Fresno State home men's basketball game had been 15,423 on Dec. 19, 2006 (vs. Stanford). It also marks the tenth crowd of over 14,000 and 26th of 12,000 or more for a home game.
About the CSU Northridge Matadors
The Cal State Northridge Matadors, a member of the Big West Conference, are led by first-year head coach Reggie Theus. The Matadors are 1-1 with an 86-74 home win over Hope International and a 95-79 road loss at USC. Stephen Maxwell leads CSUN with an average of 20 ppg/12 rpg. Fresno State leads the all-time series 25-5, including a 16-3 mark in home games and won the only previous meeting between the schools at the Save Mart Center - a 75-60 win over CSUN on Dec. 7, 2005. The Bulldogs have won the last two match-ups, seven of the past eight and 11 of the last 13 contests. Under Terry, Fresno State is 1-0 versus Northridge.
Watson Making Immediate Impact for Bulldogs
Fresno State freshman forward Paul Watson has scored 18 points in his first two games as a Bulldogs. In his debut, he hit a pair of 3-pointers, went 6-of-8 at the free throw line and grabbed four rebounds to help power the Bulldogs to their 98-97 overtime win at UC Irvine. In the loss at Pitt, Watson went 8-of-12 from the floor and also pulled down five rebounds.
Huddleston Beats Buzzer as 'Dogs Down UCI in OT
Bulldogs' senior guard Allen Huddleston delivered the epic 40-foot 3-pointer from half court at the overtime buzzer that lifted Fresno State past UC Irvine 98-97 on Friday at the Bren Events Center. Fresno State shot a blistering 51.6 percent from the field, including 14-of-30 from beyond the 3-point arc and largely limited UCI's size advantage in the post. But to put themselves in position to take down the preseason Big West favorite, the Bulldogs turned to its backcourt - that produced an outstanding effort and scored 78 of Fresno State's 98 points.
Huddleston's Buzzer-Beater Hits ESPN, Goes Viral
The game-winner - which was featured as the top story on ESPN's 11 p.m. PT Sportscenter telecast - was the fifth lead change in the final minute of overtime of a game. Later in that Sportscenter broadcast, Huddleston was on live with ESPN's Stan Verrett talking about the buzzer-beater that punctuated the opening day of the season. In the first two days after it happened, the game-winning buzzer-beater has also already been viewed more than 125,000 times on YouTube.
Harris Earns MW Player of the Week Honors
Sophomore shooting guard Marvelle Harris scored a career-best 30 points in Fresno State's season-opening 98-97 overtime win at UC Irvine. In total, Harris set or tied career-high marks in nine major statistical categories. He went 10-of-15 from the field, hit four of his eight 3-point attempts and added a perfect 6-for-6 clip at the free throw line. He also had seven rebounds and five assists in 44 minutes of action.
Johnson Nears Triple-Double in Opening Win
Senior guard Tyler Johnson posted 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in Fresno State's 98-97 overtime win at UCI. Johnson came up just two assists shy from what would have been the sixth triple-double in school history. But the team captain's most important decision of the night was his inbounds pass to Allen Huddleston with 2.1 seconds left in overtime that led to Huddleston's 40-foot buzzer-beater for the win.
Guerrero Heats Up, Helps Fuel Season-Opening Win
In his Fresno State debut, sophomore point guard Cezar Guerrero scored 23 points and picked up four steals as he efficiently helped fuel the Bulldogs' 98-97 overtime win at UC Irvine. Guerrero hit five 3-pointers, with four of the five made in the second half, and was key to Fresno State erasing a 10-point halftime deficit and force overtime.
Former Bulldog Starring for Indiana Pacers
Paul George has led the Indiana Pacers to a franchise-best start to the season. Before starring in the NBA, he played at Fresno State for two seasons (2008-2010) before entering his name into the 2010 NBA Draft, and subsequently was selected at No. 10 by the Pacers. In 2012-13, he averaged 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He led the team to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, won the NBA's Most Improved Player award and was named to the All-NBA Third Team. He was also the first 'Dog to become an All-Star when he was selected as a reserve for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game
Valuing the Basketball
One of Rodney Terry's points of emphasis is the importance of valuing the basketball. Since Terry's arrival, Fresno State has not committed more turnovers than its opponents in 51 of the 65 games, including 46 of those 65 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
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