Cal State Stanislaus out-rebounded Fresno State and shot a better percentage from the floor in Friday’s exhibition game, but the Bulldogs came away with a 76-71 victory. Marvelle Harris had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Tyler Johnson added 23 points as well on 5 of 9 shooting from the field.
In Monday’s exhibition, Fresno State again sent out three freshmen into the starting lineup, but they looked much more comfortable the second time around. Point guard Emmanuel Owootoah and forward Karachi Edo were on the same page all night and shined as the Bulldogs ran away with a 91-67 win over Dominican (CA).
Foul trouble held Edo to 12 minutes versus Cal State Stanislaus, but against Dominican he logged 32 minutes and made the most of it. He scored 20 points on 9 of 10 shooting and had 8 rebounds as well. Edo showed off his jump-hook shot and touch in the paint and got a handful of easy buckets thanks to Owootoah. Owootoah finished with 7 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds.
“I think our young guys with them having to have the chance to compete in these exhibition games, they learn the urgency and the details that it takes to play at this level,” said Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry.
-The Bulldogs had only three players in the two scrimmages that had played a game at Fresno State, and their experience showed. Guards Tyler Johnson, Marvelle Harris and Allen Huddleston all scored at least 16 points each in both games and had an average of 63 combined points in the two exhibitions.
-The Bulldogs started their two game stretch shooting 7-for-14 from three point range, but shot a combined 6-for-38, just 16%, in the latter 60+ minutes of basketball.
-Fresno State gets the regular season started on Friday, Nov 8 at UC Irvine at 7:00 pm PST. The Anteaters are the preseason favorite to win the Big West. The Bulldogs will then head to Pittsburgh on Nov 12 before their home opener versus Cal State Northridge on Nov 16.
-Fresno State will have point guard Cezar Guerrero available for Friday’s opener. The Bulldogs also expect to have forward Alex Davis back after sitting out the last two games with injury.