Dec. 2, 2012
Game 7 Fresno State (3-3) At Long Beach State (3-3)
Dec. 3, 2012 7 p.m. PT The Pyramid - Long Beach, Calif.
TV: None Live Video: www.bigwest.tv (free)
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler & Randy Rosenbloom)
Series record: Fresno State leads 41-35 (overall) & LBSU leads 19-17 (road games)
Last Meeting: LBSU 69, FS 61 Nov. 25, 2012 Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
Bulldog Bones - Overview
This is the 77th game between Fresno State and Long Beach State and the second this season. LBSU won the first meeting 69-61 in Fresno.
This is the fifth of six games that the 'Dogs are playing versus Big West opponents this season. Fresno State is 3-1 in the first four games.
Fresno State plays 12 of its 29 regular season games against teams that made the 2012 NCAA Tournament, including Long Beach State twice.
This season, MW teams are a nation-best 50-10 in non-conference games, with four of the nine losses coming to opponents ranked in the Top 25.
Inside the Numbers
Allen Huddleston has scored 10+ points in each of the past five games.
This season, the 'Dogs have allowed an average of 3.5 3-pointers/game.
Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has a +113 steal margin by averaging 7.0 steals per game and a +2.9 steal advantage per contest over 39 games.
Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 35 of 39 games.
Fresno State Treks To Pyramid for Rematch
Fresno State (3-3) visits Long Beach State (3-3) for a Monday night showdown at the Pyramid looking to get back on track after two tough losses. The contest will be broadcast live on KMJ 580 AM.
'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. Under Coach Terry, Fresno State is 15-8 when playing in the Golden State, including a 5-2 record against Big West opponents.
About the Long Beach State 49ers
The Long Beach State 49ers are 3-3 on the season and have won its past two games with wins over Fresno State (69-61) and Loyola Marymount (73-70). LBSU is led by James Ennis (15.3 ppg/7.0 rpg) and Mike Caffey (11.8 ppg/3.8 rpg/4.5 apg). 49ers head coach Dan Monson is in his sixth season at Long Beach State with an 88-80 record at the Big West school and owns a 258-203 Division I head coaching career record.
Against Long Beach State (Fresno State leads 41-35)
Fresno State leads the all-time series with Long Beach State 41-35. The series dates back to the 1953-54 season. The teams squared off on Nov. 25 at the Save Mart Center, which the 49ers won 69-61.
MW Debut, Holiday Mini-Plans on Sale
With the Fresno State men's basketball team off to a fast start on the hardwood, Bulldog fans have two new options to experience the up-tempo and tenacious defense at the Save Mart Center by purchasing the Holiday Gift Package and Mountain West Debut mini-plans.
The Holiday Gift Package starts as low as $35 and includes Fresno State's three games versus San Diego Christian (Dec. 6), UC Irvine (Dec. 15) and Sonoma State (Dec. 30), as well as the Bulldogs' Dec. 12 showdown versus No. 23 Colorado for free.
With Fresno State in its debut season in the Mountain West, the MW Mini-Plan starts as low as $85 and includes the Bulldogs' five home games versus No. 23/21 San Diego State (Jan. 9), Wyoming (Jan. 16), Nevada (Jan. 19), Colorado State (Jan. 26) and No. 25/23 New Mexico (Feb. 13), along with the Bulldogs' Feb. 6 game versus No. 24/20 UNLV for free.
Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 40.9 percent shooting (122-of-298) from the field and 25.9 percent 3-point shooting (21-of-81). Fresno State has also forced an average of 13.5 turnovers per game (81 total). In their season opener at then-No. 24 Texas, the Bulldogs turned 13 Texas turnovers into 16 points.
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 35 of 39 games, including 30 of those 39 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.
Olekaibe Continues to Climb Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 33rd on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 976 career points in 68 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (472) and ninth in 3-point field goals made (156). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (78.8%).
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