Bulldogs Host Aggies in Holiday Homestand
    Steven Shepp, in his first season with the Bulldogs, leads all WAC sophomores with 4.9 assists per game.
    Steven Shepp, in his first season with the Bulldogs, leads all WAC sophomores with 4.9 assists per game.

    Dec. 16, 2009

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State Bulldogs begin a packed stretch during the holiday season with four games over a seven-day span when Dogs host the UC Davis Aggies (Dec. 17) and the North Dakota State Bison (Dec. 19). Both games start at 7 p.m. PT in the Save Mart Center and conclude a three-game homestand.

    The Bulldogs will then pack their suitcases for road contests at Montana (Dec. 21) and Oregon State (Dec. 23). After a quick break, Fresno State concludes 2009 with their final non-conference game before starting Western Athletic Conference play when old WAC foe Colorado State visits on Dec. 28, 2009.

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    GAME #10: Fresno State vs. UC Davis
    Fresno State (4-5) vs University of California - Davis (3-6)
    Thursday, December 17, 2009 (Tip Off: 7:00 p.m. PT)
    Site: Save Mart Center (15,596); Fresno, Calif.
    Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler/Randy Rosenbloom)
    TV: None
    Online: Bulldog All-Access on www.GoBulldogs.com

    GAME #11: Fresno State vs. North Dakota State
    Fresno State (4-5) vs North Dakota State (4-5)
    Saturday, December 19, 2009 (Tip Off: 7:00 p.m. PT)
    Site: Save Mart Center (15,596); Fresno, Calif.
    Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Randy Rosenbloom/Steve Gonzalez)
    TV: None
    Online: Bulldog All-Access on www.GoBulldogs.com

    About the Aggies
    The UC Davis Aggies, a member of the Big West Conference and the University of California system, is 3-6 on the season with victories over Ball State (60-58), UC Santa Cruz (88-59) and Winston-Salem State (99-79). The Aggies have lost to three Bulldog 2009-10 opponents: Colorado State, North Dakota State and Seattle University. Head Coach Gary Stewart is in his seventh season at UC Davis (67-116 record) and 17th year as a collegiate head coach (209-235 overall record). The Aggies are paced by Mark Payne (17.8 ppg). Dominic Calegari and Joe Harden both average 15.0 ppg. Harden, the team's leading rebounder (7.4 rpg), has been sidelined for the past two games with an ankle injury.

    Against the Aggies
    Fresno State leads the overall series with UC Davis, 38-18. The schools met last season in an ESPN BracketBusters contest when the Bulldogs defeated the Aggies in Davis, 71-70, on Feb. 21, 2009. Fresno State is looking for their 20th straight win over UC Davis, with their wins dating back to the 1940-41 season.

    George Growing as Defender, Scorer and Team Leader
    Sophomore Paul George is growing into his role as an astute defender, multi-dimensional scorer and leader-by-example. He is the Bulldogs' top scorer (17.3 ppg), rebounder (7.9 rpg), steals machine (2.8 spg), best free throw shooter (91.3%) and owns the most minutes on the roster (33.3 mpg). In his 43 game Bulldog career, George has started every game. The native of Palmdale, Calif. combines the ability to drive to the basket and shoot a deadly 3-point stroke. After posting the third-best season 3-point field goal percentage (63-141, 44.6%) as a freshman, George found his stroke again last week when he knocked down a career-best six 3-pointers in his second career 29-point game. He also recorded a career-best six steals when BYU came to town, a team that had held their previous eight opponents to an average of 5.4 team steals per game. The sophomore is also known for his exciting high-flying and thunderous dunks that change the momentum of games.

    Freshman Smith One of Nation's Most Efficient Shooters
    When 6-10 center Greg Smith decided to play for his hometown Bulldogs, head coach Steve Cleveland and his staff knew they were getting a talented front court player and an even more grounded and humble young man. In his first nine games as a Bulldog, Smith asserted his presence in the low post and ranked 14th in the nation in field goal percentage (45-71; 63.4%). The freshman has notched a team-best three double-doubles.

    Golubovic Looks For Back-to-Back Academic All-District Honors
    Junior forward Nedeljko Golubovic earned the Bulldogs' first Academic All-District honors in February 2009. As a key veteran on a stacked team, Golubovic returns as one of three starters. Golubovic is a strong athlete with a competitive fire and an intelligent mindset on the floor, who also excels in the classroom. On the hardwood, Golubovic averaged 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game last season and holds over a 3.8 cumulative grade point average through his first four semesters at Fresno State.

    SI Lists George as West's "Most Entertaining Player"
    Sports Illustrated named Fresno State sophomore Paul George as the most entertaining player in the West region and the eighth most entertaining player in the nation on their list of the "Top 16 Most Entertaining Players in College Basketball." George (Palmdale, Calif.) is the only Western Athletic Conference player on the list of 16 and ranked one spot ahead of the lone Pacific-10 player, Isaiah Thomas of Washington. George caught the attention of SI.com's Luke Winn with his dunking ability and aggressive mindset.

    LAST WEEK: Bulldogs Rout Toreros, Ride Waves, Edged by BYU
    In a full week for the Bulldog men's basketball team, Fresno State recorded a 2-1 mark with a dominating win over San Diego (69-37), a sharp-shooting comeback victory on the road at Pepperdine (80-72) and the restoration of an old rivalry as Steve Cleveland faced his former team of eight seasons (BYU) in a special reunion. In the win over USD, Fresno State held the Toreros a mere 18.6 percent shooting and 11 field goals, the best defensive effort in recent memory. Two days later, the Bulldogs met the Pepperdine Waves on the Malibu coastline as sophomore sensation Paul George produced his second 29-point performance of his career, highlighted by his career-high six 3-pointers. Point guard Steven Shepp added a career-best 17 points. The week ended in Fresno State's first contest against BYU in a decade. Freshman Greg Smith led the Bulldogs with 21 points in a close 72-67 defeat.

    "We Are Your Team" - The `Dogs will be bringing the Aggies of UC Davis and the North Dakota State Bison to town on December 17 and 19. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center. Don't forget to bring a new stuffed animal to the game on the 19 for the Poverello House Teddy Bear Toss. Tickets to both games can be purchased through the Save Mart Center Box Office, by calling 559-485-TIXS or through Ticketmaster.com.



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