Bulldogs Return Home to Face Hawks

Dec. 5, 2012

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Bulldog Bones
• This is the first meeting between Fresno State and NAIA-member San Diego Christian.

• Fresno State is two wins away from its 100th at the Save Mart Center.

• This season, MW teams are a nation-best 55-12 in non-conference games, with five of the 12 losses are to opponents ranked in the Top 25.

• Allen Huddleston has scored 10+ points in five of the past six games.

Inside the Numbers
• This season, Fresno State owns a +20 steal margin (46-26).

• Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has a +117 steal margin by averaging 7.0 steals per game and a +3.0 steal advantage per contest over 40 games.

• Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 36 of 40 games.

• Fresno State is 2-0 this season when recording 10 or more assists.

Bulldogs Return Home to Face Hawks
Fresno State (4-3) hosts San Diego Christian (3-3) on Thursday night at the Save Mart Center. Ticket prices have been reduced to $7 for adults and $5 for adults. The evening has also been designated "Boys & Girls Club Night." 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 16-8 when playing in the Golden State, including a 10-6 home record.

'Dogs Beat LBSU 64-59 Behind Johnson's Career Night
Junior Tyler Johnson scored a career-best 19 points to lead Fresno State past Long Beach State 64-59 inside the Walter Pyramid on Monday night. Johnson scored 13 of his team-high 19 in the second half.

About the San Diego Christian Hawks
San Diego Christian is 3-3 on the season and led by second year head coach Tim Cook, who led the Hawks to a 9-16 record a season ago. Sophomore guard Raphael Rodriguez leads the team in scoring averaging 15 ppg, follow closely by junior wing player Andy Saharan with 14.6 ppg. The Hawks are averaging nearly 82 ppg, holding opponents to 80 ppg. San Diego Christian dropped an exhibition game (91-57) against fellow Mountain West member San Diego State. The 'Dogs face the NAIA's Hawks amidst a five game Division I match-up stretch.

Against the San Diego Christian Hawks
This is the first ever meeting between the Bulldogs and Hawks.
Note: This game counts as a regular season game for Fresno State, but as an exhibition for San Diego Christian.

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. 17/15 San Diego State (Jan. 9), Wyoming (Jan. 16), Nevada (Jan. 19), Colorado State (Jan. 26) and No. 18/20 New Mexico (Feb. 13), along with the Bulldogs' Feb. 6 game versus No. 21/18 UNLV for free.

Mountain West Teams Strong Out of the Gate
Through games as of Dec. 4, Mountain West teams boasted the nation's best collective win percentage. MW squads are 55-12 against non-conference opponents for a .821 win percentage. Five of the MW's 12 losses are to ranked opponents (Texas, Syracuse, Michigan State, Colorado and Wichita State). The MW is one of three conferences (Big East, Pac-12) with all teams having .500 records or better entering this week's action.

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 three teams ranked in the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 17/15 San Diego State, No. 18/20 New Mexico and No. 21/18 UNLV) as well Wyoming, Colorado State and Boise State receiving votes in both national polls. 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.

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 (141-of-345) from the field and 25.3 percent 3-point shooting (24-of-95). Fresno State has also forced an average of 13.7 turnovers per game (96 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 36 of 40 games, including 31 of those 40 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.

Olekaibe Continues to Climb Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 31st on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 983 career points in 69 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (477) and ninth in 3-point field goals made (157). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (78.8%).

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, five of those nine have earned playing time - junior starting point guard Allen Huddleston and freshmen Aaron Anderson, Tanner Giddings, Marvelle Harris and Upshaw. 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 on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor, Giddings tallied four points, three blocks and an offensive board while Anderson picked up an assist. Upshaw made his debut with four points in the 76-67 win at Cal Poly.

Time Out Club Monthly Luncheons
Fresno State's Time Out Club is holding monthly luncheons with Coach Terry and selected student-athletes at Buffalo Wild Wings on the first Thursday of each month during the season from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Coach Terry talking around noon. The lunch buffet is $10.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Fresno State men's basketball mini-plans - the Holiday Gift Package (starts as low as $35) and the Mountain West Mini-Plan (starts as low as $85) - are on sale now by calling 559-278-DOGS or visiting www.gobulldogs.com/miniplan. The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are KMJ 580 AM (English) and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish).