Legends Return for Key MW Home Game

Feb. 23, 2013

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By Andrew Rich & @StephenTrembley

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State men's basketball team, coming off a big 69-64 overtime win at Nevada on Wednesday, will look to build a winning streak down the stretch run as they return to the Save Mart Center to take on Boise State Saturday night.

The game is being promoted as a "White Out" and fans are asked to wear white. The first 500 fans in will receive a free "White Out" shirt.

"I think this time of year you just have to play with urgency," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "You have to know what you are playing for."

Fresno State will also be honoring the 1983 NIT Championship team. Many of the former players will be on hand for the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the title-winning squad after spending the morning with the current team during its gameday shootaround.

The Bulldogs (9-16, 3-9 Mountain West) come in to the final four games of the season in last place in the MW, but trailing Nevada by a half a game, Wyoming by a game and Boise State by two games in the win column. The goal is to climb up to at least seventh to avoid the 8 vs. 9 first-round game at the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas. And that starts with this crucial home game against the Broncos.

"We've been talking about it (avoiding the 8 vs. 9 first-round MW Touranment game) for weeks now," Terry said. "We can only take it 40 minutes at a time and put ourselves in a good position that when you get to Vegas you only have to play three games to get an opportunity for postseason play."

Tyler Johnson continues to lead the way on the offensive end for the Bulldogs. He is averaging a team best 12.2 points a game and 13.9 points in Mountain West play. Johnson led the way with 19 points on Wednesday night in the overtime win at Nevada.

Boise State (17-8, 5-6 MW) enters the game squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Broncos beat Air Force at home on Wednesday night. They are led by double-digit scorers Derrick Marks, Anthony Drmic and Jeff Elorriaga.

Tickets are available for $17 for adults and $9 for youth, and can be purchased in person at the Save Mart Center Box Office.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- There are two more chances to see the Bulldogs at home this season as Fresno State hosts Boise State on Feb. 23 and Air Force on March 2. Tickets can be purchased starting at $17 for adults and $9 for youth through www.gobulldogs.com or at the Save Mart Center Box Office.