After splitting their first two road games to open the season, the Fresno State Bulldogs made a strong first impression in their home opener, rolling past Cal-State Northridge, 80-64 on Saturday night.
Thanks to Paul George, there were plenty of folks on hand at the Save Mart Center to be impressed with the Bulldogs. In early October, PG gave his college hoops program a boost by not only generating some buzz for the upcoming season but also buying all of the remaining seats for the home opener for fans to grab for free.
With the partisan crowd in place to tip off the season at home, Fresno St. took care of the W on the court by shooting over 55% from the field, led by senior guard Tyler Johnson who scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Johnson was one of six Bulldogs to score in double figures, as Fresno State appeared to play a similar team-focused brand of ball, just like PG's pro team.
Playing the part of Frank Vogel, FSU's coach Rodney Terry:
"These are very unselfish guys and I think all of our guys have really worked hard at being great teammates, because we have a number of guys that can score the basketball," coach Rodney Terry said. "I thought the guys have really bought-in to being really unselfish in terms of sharing the ball."
Boom! Congrats on the strong start, Fresno State. We'll keep an eye on how things go in the Mountain West.
Here's a nice nod of appreciation from the FSU fans to PG.