Fresno State has taken two straight contests against Pac-10 foe.
Nov. 29, 2008
Oregon State (0-4) at Fresno State (2-2)
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2008 (Tip Off: 2:00 p.m. PST)
Site: Save Mart Center (15,596); Fresno, Calif.
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler/Randy Rosenbloom)
ESPN Deportes 1600 AM in Spanish (Jess Gonzalez/Doug Kessler)
Online: www.kmj580.com (Audio) / www.gobulldogs.com (Video)
`Dogs Continue Three-Game Homestand with the Pac-10's Beavers
The Fresno State Bulldogs continue their first extended homestand as they face Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. This will mark the first home contest with a team from the Pacific-10 Conference since the Stanford Cardinal visited Fresno, Calif. for an exciting "Winter Whiteout" on Dec. 19, 2006.
About the Beavers
Oregon State is looking for their first win of the season as they have dropped their first four games of 2008-09 by a combined 14 points to Howard (47-45), Nevada (79-71), Yale (53-52) and Montana State (82-79 in OT). Head Coach Craig Robinson is in his first year at the helm of the Oregon State men's basketball program looking to rebuild a team that finished last in the Pacific-10 in 2007-08, failed to win a conference game, and earned a 6-25 record. Fresno State Associate Head Coach Jeff Reinert was the lead assistant at Oregon State from 2002-2007.
Against the Beavers
Fresno State leads the overall series with Oregon State, 8-7. The `Dogs have won the past two contests and four of the last five meetings. Fresno State has also defended their home floor against the Beavers during Oregon State's previous four trips to Fresno. The teams last played in Fresno, Calif. on Nov. 26, 2005 when the `Dogs picked up a 80-73 victory. The teams most recent contest came on Dec. 2, 2006 in Corvallis, Ore. with the Bulldogs winning 74-69.
`Dogs Hand Redhawks First Loss with Multiple Career-Highs
"Built to Last"
The `Dogs returned home to the friendly confines of the Save Mart Center with a 79-58 victory over the Seattle Unviersity Redhawks. Junior transfer Sylvester Seay (Arizona State University) paced Fresno State with a career-high 22 points. Freshmen starting guards Paul George and Mychal Ladd also reached double-digits in scoring with 17 and 15 points respectively. George recorded his second career double-double by adding 10 rebounds. Senior point/shooting guard Dwight O'Neil nearly completed a triple-double with 12 points, nine assists (tied career-high) and eight rebounds. After a relatively close first-half, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second session, outscoring Seattle U, 45-31 on their way to the 21-point victory, the largest margin of victory for Fresno State since beating Presbyterian College (12/20/07) by a score of 65-39. Fresno State is 2-0 at home this year.
With eight newcomers (six freshmen and two junior transfers) and only one senior, fourth-year head coach Steve Cleveland
and his distinguished staff turns to the foundation of the team they have built to compete for a Western Athletic Conference Championship and the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The `Dogs host the Pac-10's Oregon State Beavers on Sunday, November 30 at 2:00 pm in the Save Mart Center. Tickets are on sale now through the Save Mart Center box office, by calling (559) 485-TIXS or online at ticketmaster.com.