'Dogs Return Home for Last Non-Conference Game

Dec. 29, 2012

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Game 13 • Sonoma State (4-3) at Fresno State (5-7)
Dec. 30, 2012 • 1 p.m. PT • Fresno, Calif. --- Save Mart Center (15,596)
TV: None • Live Video: www.GoBulldogs.com/AllAccess (Subscription Required)
Radio: KMJ 580 AM (Paul Loeffler - English)
ESPN 1600 AM Deportes (Jesse Beltran & Jose Salas/Octavio Duarte - Spanish)
Series record: Series tied 1-1
Last Meeting: Sonoma State 62, Fresno State 60 - Dec. 8, 1989 (Selland Arena)

Bulldog Bones
• This is the third meeting between Fresno State and Sonoma State.
• Fresno State is one win away from its 100th at the Save Mart Center.
• Fresno State has held six of its last seven opponents to under 60 points.
• In the past six games, junior Tyler Johnson is averaging a team-best 12 points per game. This season, he leads 'Dogs with best A-TO ratio (1.5).

Inside the Numbers
• Fresno State ranks third in the MW behind Wyoming and No. 17/16 San Diego State and in the top 40 nationally in scoring defense (58.8 ppg).
• This season, Fresno State owns a +41 steal margin (96-55).
• Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has a +138 steal margin by averaging 7.2 steals per game and a +3.0 steal edge per contest over 45 games.
• This season, Fresno State owns a +49 points off TOs margin (188-139)
• Under Rodney Terry, Fresno State has committed fewer turnovers than or the same number of turnovers as its opponents in 40 of 45 games.
• Fresno State is 3-0 this season when recording 10 or more assists.

'Dogs Return Home For Last Non-Conference Game
Fresno State (5-7) will host Sonoma State (4-3) on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. inside the Save Mart Center. Tickets start at $5 for youth and $7 for adults as part of Fresno State's Community Basketball Day.

Terry Turns Up the Pressure, Exploits Takeaways
The relentless defensive pressure that Terry expects from his squad has held opponents to just 41.9 percent shooting (247-of-589) from the field and a MW-leading 28.7 percent 3-point shooting (43-of-150). Fresno State has forced an average of 15.5 turnovers per game (186 total) and own a +49 points off turnover margin (188-139), as well as a +41 steal margin (96-55).

Bulldogs Play With Aggressive Defensive Tenacity
Fresno State has held opponents to an average of 58.8 points per game, which ranks third in the Mountain West lead behind undefeated Wyoming and No. 17/16 San Diego State, as well as in the top 20 nationally. The 'Dogs have also allowed just one of 12 opponents to score more than 70 points in a game and limited opponents to under 60 points in eight of their 12 games, including six of the past seven contests.

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 40 of the 45 games, including 35 of those 45 games where the 'Dogs made fewer turnovers than its opponents.

Bulldogs Focused on Executing Down the Stretch
The Bulldogs' losses have come by a combined 49 points (7.0 points per game) and two of the defeats were decided by a single possession (three points or fewer). Fresno State has outscored opponents by an average of 1.1 points per game (59.9 to 58.8), and have played much better offensively in the second half of games by owning a +15 point advantage (390 to 375) in the final 20 minutes of regulation this season.

Olekaibe Moving Up The Bulldogs' Record Books
Junior Kevin Olekaibe currently ranks 27th on Fresno State's all-time scoring list with 1,015 career points in 74 games. He also ranks seventh in 3-point field goal attempts (499) and tied for eighth in 3-point field goals made (163). Olekaibe owns the seventh-best career free throw clip (79.0%).

Huddleston Provides Instant Scoring Presence
Redshirt junior guard Allen Huddleston has provided a potent scoring threat from the backcourt. Huddleston, who sat out last season as a Division I transfer form Pacific, has been one of the top 20 scorers in the Mountain West during non-conference play (11.1 ppg).

Efficient Johnson Finding His Role, Groove
Since erupting for a career-best 19 points to key Fresno State's 64-59 road win at Long Beach State, junior Tyler Johnson is averaging a team-best 12 points per game to go with 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists over the past six games. This season, Johnson, who can play throughout the Bulldogs' backcourt, owns the team's best assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5 A-TOs).

Harris Showing He Can Score All Over Floor
Freshman shooting guard Marvelle Harris is quickly showing that he is one of the Bulldogs' most dynamic scorers with the ability to find ways to score from all over the floor. Harris scored a career-best 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven made free throws to lead his squad during a 91-78 road loss against a talented UCLA squad emerging as a Pac-12 contender. This season, Harris is averaging seven points per game and has topped the double-digit scoring mark four times.

MW Debut Mini-Plan on Sale
With Fresno State in its debut season in the Mountain West, the MW Mini-Plan starts as low as $85, which includes the Bulldogs' first six conference home games and is the only way to guarantee seats for these big games. The Bulldogs are looking to snap a four-game losing skid as well as pick up their 100th win at the Save Mart Center in this their final non-conference contest of the 2012-13 season. Fresno State opens its first season in the Mountain West on Wednesday, Jan. 9 when No. 17/16 San Diego State visits the Save Mart Center for an 8:30 p.m. PT tip off.

About the Sonoma State Seawolves
The Sonoma State Seawolves (NCAA Division II) are 4-3 on the season, with wins over Dominican (91-87 in OT), Cal State Monterrey Bay (92-77), CSU East Bay (73-72) and Notre Dame De Namur (78-71).

Three of the Seawolves are averaging double-figures in Patrick Scott (18.6 ppg), Justin Herold (11.7 ppg), and Jason Walter (10.0 pg). Sonoma State is averaging 74.4 points per game behind the three leading scorers. While this will be only the second game away from the Wolves' Den, the Seawolves are 2-1 against non-conference opponents.

This will be the final game of the 2012 calendar year for the Seawolves, as they will begin 2013 on the road with games against conference foes in Chico State (Jan. 4) and Cal State Stanislaus (Jan. 5).

The Seawolves went up against Division I competition in their exhibition season when they took on St. John's University, located in Queens, N.Y., and Saint Mary's College of California, located in Moraga, Calif.

While those matchups did not affect Sonoma State's overall record, the contest against the Bulldogs will.

Against the Sonoma State Seawolves
Fresno State and Sonoma State have played just twice before Sunday afternoon, with the Bulldogs and Seawolves splitting the two match-ups at Selland Arena. The 'Dogs defeated the Seawolves 80-54 on Dec. 3, 1986 while Sonoma State avenged the loss three years later when the SSU edged Fresno State 62-60.

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 AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls (No. 17/16 San Diego State and No. 21/18 UNLV) as well as undefeated Wyoming and New Mexico receiving votes in both national polls. The MW is one of six conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC) to have at multiple teams listed by both panels. The MW has had one team ranked in both polls for 22 consecutive weeks and two teams listed in the AP poll for 20 straight weeks. Two MW teams have been ranked in the Coaches' poll 19 of the last 20 weeks.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Fresno State's Mountain West Mini-Plan starts as low as $85 and can be purchased by calling 559-278-DOGS (Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.) 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).