Jan. 16, 2004
Fresno State Bulldogs (7-8, 1-4 WAC)
vs. UTEP Miners (7-6, 2-2 WAC)
Date: Sat., Jan. 17
Time: 1 p.m.
Site: Fresno, Calif.
Facility: Save Mart Center (16,116)
Series History: Series is tied at 8-8
Last Meeting: Fresno State 64, UTEP 39
(Feb. 6, 2003 in Fresno, Calif.)
Radio: ESPN Radio 1430 AM
(play-by-play: Paul Swearengin, color: Phil Hawkins)
TV: Comcast Cable local channel 14- tape delayed
(play-by-play: Scott Goldsmith, color: Rob Emler)
FRESNO, Calif.- Fresno State hopes to snap a three-game losing skid when it takes to the court Saturday afternoon against UTEP.
The Bullodgs, who were edged 52-50 by Boise State on Thursday night, have not lost four in a row during Stacy Johnson-Klein's tenure. The club endured a three-game losing streak last year, then followed that up by winning three in a row and eight of nine games overall.
Currently tied with Nevada for last place in the conference, each passing game carries added significance for the Bulldogs. After this week, Fresno State hits the road for contests at Rice (Jan. 22), Tulsa (Jan. 24) and Nevada (Jan. 31). The Bulldogs are just 2-5 away from the Save Mart Center this year.
With the midway point of the WAC regular season fast approaching, the Bulldogs are hoping for a strong finish heading into February.
The all-time series between Fresno State and UTEP is deadlocked at 8-8. Fresno State has won three of the last four games overall, although UTEP's only win during that stretch was a big one- a 90-68 win in El Paso last season as the 'Dogs were looking for a road sweep.
Fresno State returned the favor one month later in the North Gym as the 'Dogs routed UTEP 64-39. The Bulldogs are 7-1 against UTEP in games played in Fresno.
The Miners should have some added momentum when they arrive at the Save Mart Center on Saturday. UTEP snapped a 20-game WAC losing streak away from El Paso with an 85-54 romp over Nevada at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev., Thursday night. The Miners had lost their last 18 WAC road games and had two league neutral site defeats in the streak.
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