'Dogs Hosts Pacific Friday in Home Opener

Nov. 15, 2012

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Game 3 • Pacific (1-0) at Fresno State (1-1)
Nov. 16, 2012 • 7 p.m. PT • Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night
Save Mart Center - Fresno, Calif. (15,596)
TV: None • Live Video: www.gobulldogs.com/allaccess
Radio: KMJ 580 AM • Paul Loeffler (Play-by-Play) / Randy Rosenbloom (Analyst)
Series record: Pacific leads 78-74
Last Meeting: Fresno State 55, Pacific 47 • Dec. 29, 2011 • Stockton, Calif.

Bulldog Bones
• This is the 155th meeting between Fresno State and Pacific in men's basketball, which marks the second-most in program history.
• This is the second of four straight games that the 'Dogs will play in the state of California (three of four versus Big West Conference opponents).
• Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 32 of 35 games.
• Fresno State returns five letterwinners, including three starters, and welcomes nine newcomers to its roster for the 2012-13 season.

'Dogs Hosts Pacific Friday in Home Opener
Fresno State begins its tenth season at the Save Mart Center on Friday night at 7 p.m. PT when the Bulldogs host the Pacific Tigers in the continuation of the program's second-longest running series. The game can be heard live on KMJ 580 AM or at www.gobulldogs.com (subscription).

'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 13-7 when playing in the Golden State, including a 9-5 record at the Save Mart Center and a 3-1 record against Big West opponents.

Bulldogs Begin Mountain West Era
Fresno State is in its first season as a member of the Mountain West, which produced four NCAA Tournament teams last year. The MW features two teams ranked in the most recent AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 18/18 UNLV and No. 25/23 San Diego State) as well as two schools receiving votes in the national polls (New Mexico and Colorado State). The MW ranked as the best in the West and fifth-best in the nation for the 2011-12 season, according to the NCAA Ratings Performance Index.

About the Pacific Tigers
The Pacific Tigers are 1-0 on the season after beating Holy Names 76-38 in their season and home opener. The Tigers were led by Ross Rivera's 14 points while Travis Fulton and Tim Thomas each added 10 of their own in the opener. Longtime Pacific coach Bob Thomason is in his 25th and final season leading the Tigers with a school and Big West-record 415 wins.

Against the Pacific Tigers (Pacific leads series, 78-74)
The Bulldogs and Tigers have met at least once a year since the 1964-65 season, except the 2006-07 season. While Pacific leads the all-time series 78-74, Fresno State is is 46-30 versus the Tigers in home games.

'Dogs Dominant in Home Openers
The 'Dogs sport a 68-19 overall record in home openers. At the Save Mart Center, Fresno State is 9-0 in home openers and have won those games by an average of 16.4 points.

'Dogs D Comes Up Big in 39-30 Win
Fresno State survived a trip to the Inland Empire by beating UC Riverside 39-30. The defensive stalemate featured just 23 combined field goals as the Fresno State defense held the Highlanders to just 12-of-49 (24.5 percent) shooting. Allen Huddleston led the 'Dogs with a game-best 17 points, including five key free throws down the stretch to help seal the win.

Nearly Hooked! No. 24 Texas Edges Bulldogs, 55-53 Down in the heart of Texas, Fresno State gave the 24th-ranked Longhorns nearly all they could handle before falling 55-53 in the closing seconds of a hard-fought season opener at the Erwin Center. In a game that featured 12 ties, the 'Dogs led by as many as five early in the second half and were led by freshman guard Marvelle Harris, who tallied a team-high 11 points.

Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just a 30.6 percent shooting (30-of-98) from the field and 9.4 percent 3-point shooting (3-of-32). Fresno State has also forced an average of 15.5 turnovers per game. 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 valueing the basketball. Since Terry's arrival, Fresno State has not committed more turnovers than its opponents in 32 of 35 games, including 29 of those 35 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.

Olekaibe Continues to Climb Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 40th in Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 931 career points in 64 games. He also ranks ninth in 3-point field goal attempts (449) and tenth in 3-point field goals made (147). Olekaibe also owns the seventh-best career free throw percentage (78.5%).

Newcomers Step Up in Fresno State Debuts
With Rodney Terry fielding his first full recruiting class with the addition of nine newcomers to the Bulldogs' roster, four of those nine earned immediate playing time - junior starting point guard Allen Huddleston and freshmen Aaron Anderson, Tanner Giddings and Marvelle Harris. Huddleston scored nine points, dished out three assists and grabbed three rebounds as Fresno State's starting point guard in its season-opening 55-53 loss at then-No. 24 Texas. In that game, Harris posted a team-best 11 points as the only 'Dog in double figures on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor. Giddings tallied four points, three blocks and an offensive board while Anderson played seven minutes with an assist.

Dialing from Long Distance
Fresno State has made a 3-pointer in 541 consecutive games, which ranks third among current Mountain West institutions. The last time Fresno State did not convert a 3-pointer in a game was back on Dec. 2, 1995 versus Princeton in the Coors Light Classic at Selland Arena, which the Tigers won 59-54. The MW's UNLV currently holds the NCAA record for consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer as the Runnin' Rebels are one of only three schools in the nation to make one 3-pointer in every one of their games since the rule was implemented.

Single-Game Non-Mountain West Tickets On Sale
Fresno State men's basketball non-conference single game can be bought through Ticketmaster and at the Save Mart Center Box Office. The non-conference single game tickets start at $17 for adults and $9 for youth, except for contests versus San Diego Christian and Sonoma State, which are priced at $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 2-12).

2013 Mountain West Championships Tickets on Sale
Reserved all-session tickets are on sale now for $180 for all 16 games (men's and women's games) through the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling 559-278-3647. The 2013 Mountain West Basketball Championships, which will be played March 12-16 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, tips off on Tuesday, March 12 with the men's and women's first-round contests featuring the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. The men's quarterfinals will be held on Wednesday, March 13, followed by the women's quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14. Semifinal action will take place on Friday, March 15, with the men's and women's championship games set for Saturday, March 16. The men's final will be televised on CBS for the first time in Mountain West history. The men's championship game tips off on Saturday, March 16 at 3:05 p.m. PT, followed by the women's final, which will air on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 7:05 p.m. PT.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Season tickets are available through the Bulldog Foundation, and the $149 price for the lower bowl seats is roughly $10 per game. To purchase season tickets, please call the BDF at 559-278-7160. The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are KMJ 580 AM (English) and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish).