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Fresno State (2-2) vs. Texas-San Antonio (2-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 22nd, 7:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Moby Arena (8,745) -- Fort Collins, Colorado. Television: None. Home Record: FSU 1-0, UTSA 0-0. Away Record: FSU 0-1, UTSA 1-2. Neutral Record: FSU 1-1, UTSA 1-0. Conference Record: FSU 0-0, UTSA 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Moby Arena is again the site for more consolation-round action from the NIT Season Tip-Off, as the Fresno State Bulldogs tangle with the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio.
The Bulldogs, now just 2-2 on the season overall, are coming off a disappointing ending versus Manhattan on Monday night in Fort Collins, bowing to the Jaspers by just a single field goal in an 85-83 final. The loss was the second in the last three games for Fresno State, but at least the team finally scored more than 60 points in an outing.
As for the Roadrunners, since winning back-to-back dates versus UTEP and Oral Roberts, they are winless in two straight following an 85-75 defeat at the hands of the Colorado State Rams.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, this is the first-ever meeting.
Kevin Olekaibe led Fresno State with a game-high 25 points, connecting on half of his 10 three-point tries and a perfect 10-of-10 at the charity stripe on Monday night, but still the Bulldogs were dealt the two-point setback by Manhattan. Kevin Foster and Garrett Johnson chipped in 10 points each and even though the Bulldogs shot just 35.7 percent from the floor in the first half, they actually posted a 37-33 halftime advantage. However, Fresno State shot just 38.7 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes and that simply wasn't good enough. Olekaibe has been the leading scorer for the Bulldogs in all four games this season and is currently the lone double-digit scorer on the roster with his 21.5 ppg. Playing close to 35 minutes per game, Olekaibe is shooting a solid 40.0 percent behind the three-point line, but just 39.7 percent from the floor overall.
The Roadrunners were paced by Kannon Burrage who accounted for a game-high 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 at the free- throw line on Monday night, but his efforts failed to keep the team from falling by double figures to Colorado State. Before fouling out Michael Hale chipped in 14 points, followed by Sei Paye with 10 points, five assists and three steals in the setback. After the intermission UTSA made a total of just nine field goals, while allowing the Rams to make good on seven baskets from three-point range alone in the period and that was more than enough to drop UTSA into the loss column again. Burrage, who has led the team in scoring twice already this season, is at the top of the scoring chart overall for the program with his 17.0 ppg, followed by Hale and Jeromie Hill with 15.8 and 11.3 ppg, respectively. As a whole, the Roadrunners are knocking down an impressive 44.2 percent from three-point range.
UTSA has been hitting three-point shots with regularity in the early going and while the squad's accuracy will surely dip as the season wears on, that might be exactly what the Roadrunners need in order to take out Fresno State tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-San Antonio 78, Fresno State 72
11/22 10:37:10 ET
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