Fresno State has a chance for its best start since 2006 when the Bulldogs visit the Pacific Tigers on Saturday night.
Nov. 21, 2013
Game 5 Fresno State (3-1) at Pacific (3-0)
Nov. 23, 2013 7:30 p.m. PT Stockton, Calif.
TV: None Online Audio: www.GoBulldogs.com
Radio: 940 AM ESPN Radio (Donny Barnes & Marc Q. Jones)
Series record: Pacific leads 79-74 (overall) and 48-26 (road games for Fresno State)
Last Meeting: Fresno State 66, Pacific 61 (11/16/12 - Fresno, CA)
Next Up for Fresno State: Nov. 25 vs. San Diego Christian College
This is the 156th all-time meeting between Fresno State and Pacific.
Fresno State newcomers Paul Watson and Cezar Guerrero have each scored 10 or more points in each of the Bulldogs' first four games.
Fresno State has won six of its last seven trips to Stockton.
Fresno State is 3-1 to start the year for the second straight season.
With a win over the Tigers, Fresno State would be off to its best start since opening 7-0 to begin the 2006-07 season.
Inside the Numbers
Paul Watson and Marvelle Harris each average a team-best 14.8 ppg.
Senior Tyler Johnson is nearly averaging a double-double per game with an average of 10.5 points and 9.3 rebounds through the first four games.
Through the first four games, Fresno State has dished out 58 assists (14.5 apg) for a 51.3 percent increase from the first four games last season.
Under Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry, Fresno State has a +170 steal margin (481-311) by averaging 7.3 steals per game and a +2.7 steal edge per contest over 67 games.
Under Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 51 of 67 games.
Fresno State Visits Pacific on Saturday Night
Fresno State (3-1) heads up Highway 99 for a Saturday night meeting with longtime Valley foe Pacific (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. PT. This marks the Bulldogs' third road game in the first five games this year. The game will be broadcast live on 940 AM ESPN Radio with the audio feed also available for free at www.GoBulldogs.com.
The Last Meeting
November 16, 2012
Bulldogs Tame Tigers 66-61 in Home Opener
The Fresno State men's basketball team relied on aggressive attacking penetration and a swarming defense to tame the Pacific Tigers during Friday night's home opener at the Save Mart Center.
About the Pacific Tigers
The Pacific Tigers are in their first season in the West Coast Conference after leaving the Big West this summer. The Tigers are 3-0 with wins over non-conference opponents Nevada (80-78), UC Irvine (84-79) and Western Illinois (66-52). Sam Taku leads Pacific with 18 ppg/7 rpg. The Tigers lead the all-time series 79-74, including a 48-26 mark in games played in Stockton. The 'Dogs have won six of the last seven road games at Pacific and four of the past six overall. Under Terry, Fresno State is 2-0 versus Pacific.
Watson Making Immediate Impact for Bulldogs
Fresno State freshman forward Paul Watson has made an immediate impact for the 'Dogs by averaging 14.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He has posted 10 or more points in his first four games, including 18 points each in Fresno State's first two games this year. He is converting 62.5 percent of his field goal attempts (20-of-32), 42.9 percent of his 3-point attempts (3-of-7) and 76.2 percent of his free throw attempts (16-of-21).
'Dogs Open 2-0 at Home with Wins Over CSUN & Cal Poly
Fresno State earned wins over Northridge (80-64) and Cal Poly (63-46) to begin 2-0 at home. In each of these victories, at least five Bulldogs reached double figures - including a double-double by Tyler Johnson (18 points and 12 rebounds) in the win over CSUN. Senior Allen Huddleston scored a team-high 14 points and pulled down a career-best seven rebounds to lead the Bulldogs' dominating 17-point win over the Mustangs, who had battled then-No. 6 Arizona to a 73-62 season-opening road loss and then suffered a 60-58 home loss to the Mountain West's Nevada.