Scheduled Game: FRESNO STATE @ MEI
|Fresno State||63||64||127||« FINAL|
|Game Date: 9/3/2006||Location: MEI Abbotsford, B.C.|
|Game Time: 5:00 pm||Attendance: 0|
|Fresno State||Trinity Western|
Team Rebs: 0||
Total TO: 14|
Men's Basketball (NCAA Preseason)
TWU Spartans (57) vs. the Fresno State Bulldogs (127)
Bulldogs perfect in Canada
by Gerald Narciso
ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia -- As they say in Canada, Fresno State got a hat trick.
The Bulldogs left their exhibition tour a perfect 3-0 after easily manhandling Trinity Western 127-57 Sunday in MEI High School.
"We came here seeing how the team would gel," said senior Ja'Vance Coleman, who averaged 20.6 points per game this weekend. "This is going to take us into the season with a tremendous amount of confidence."
Eight Bulldogs scored in double figures. Eddie Miller led the Fresno State with 23 points, while Coleman chipped in with 19. Michael Brouwer scored 10 points to lead the Spartans.
Fresno State looked a little flustered with Trinity Western's full court press early in the game. After being down 8-3 to the Spartans, the Bulldogs figured out how to beat the press and went on a 22-2 run. The Spartans fell behind 63-27 at the half. Fresno State made Trinity Western pay for forcing a run-and-gun pace.
"Our style of play is pressing and running the whole game," said Trinity Western head coach Stan Peters. "But we ran into a team that can match us speed wise."
"We're a difficult team to press, added Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland. "Our guys were extremely unselfish and they were in the right places defensively."
Dominic McGuire was an energy spark for the Bulldogs in the first half as he blocked 3 shots and pulled down 10 rebounds (7 offensive). McGuire averaged 12.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game.
In the second half, the Bulldogs continued to add on their lead. At one point they had a 73 point lead. The Spartans were beat in almost every statistical category, including getting outrebounded 50-15.
Miller continued to display his shooting touch hitting 4, 3-pointers. Miller shot 50 percent (13-26) from beyond-the-arc on the trip.
The Bulldogs left Canada with all smiles. And it wasn't just because of their performance here.
"Man, I had a ball in Canada," said Coleman with a wide grin. "I might have to come back down here. Hopefully the Raptors will give me a call."
Next up for the Spartans is Oct 13 at the Naismith tournament in Waterloo, Ontario.
Junior Dwight O'Neil did not play in any of the 3 games. He dressed the first two, but was in street clothes on Sunday. According to Coach Cleveland, they haven't made a decision on whether O"Neil will redshirt, and if they played him, it would eliminate the option to redshirt him.
Play of the game: Much to the delight of the 300 in attedence, Hector Hernandez threw down a fast-break alley-oop pass from Ja'Vance Coleman midway through the second half.