Fresno State (1-0) at Pittsburgh (1-0) (ET)


GAME NOTES: The Fresno State Bulldogs have made the trip to the Keystone State for this evening's non-conference clash with the Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Bulldogs, who are meeting Pittsburgh for the first time ever, tipped off their 2013-14 schedule last Friday in the Golden State with a matchup against UC Irvine. Fresno State was pushed to the limit on the road and, after going to overtime, finally landed a slim 98-97 victory over the Anteaters.

As for the Panthers, they began the campaign on a positive note as well last week as they dismissed Savannah State rather easily, 88-55, at home. With the victory, head coach Jamie Dixon's squad has now won 10 straight non-conference matchups at the Petersen Events Center, and is a sensational 102-3 versus non- league foes in the building.

Allen Huddleston's 3-pointer at the end of overtime gave the Fresno State Bulldogs just what they needed as they pulled out a thrilling one-point win over the UC Irvine Anteaters in non-conference play at the Bren Events Center in the season opener.

Huddleston came off the bench and tallied 12 points for the Bulldogs (1-0), one of five players in double figures for the visitors. Marvelle Harris was responsible for a game-high 30 points, adding seven rebounds and five assists while shooting 10-of-15 from the floor, followed by Cezar Guerrero and Paul Watson with 23 and 18 points, respectively.

The Bulldogs allowed UCI to shoot 50.7 percent from the floor and 11-of-24 beyond the arc, but benefited from the hosts converting just 14-of-29 at the free-throw line.

Everything went right for the Panthers in the opener against Savannah State, from shooting an even 50 percent from the floor and 7-of-15 behind the 3-point line, to holding the visitors to just 31.3 percent from the field and 5-of-20 on the perimeter. All but one of the Pittsburgh starters scored in double figures and he, Michael Young, finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Leading the charge on offense was James Robinson with 13 points, both Durand Johnson and Derrick Randall pitched in with 12 points, Lamar Patterson filled out his stat line with 11, seven boards and seven assists.

Not to be overlooked were Josh Newkirk and Cameron Wright who tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Panthers.

The 88 points scored by the hosts was a huge improvement over the team's average from a year ago when it produced 69.2 ppg. From a defensive standpoint, the points allowed were right on target with the 2012-13 version of the Panthers who ranked eighth in the country with just 56.0 ppg permitted.

The fact that the Bulldogs had to go to overtime against a lesser team is one thing, but when you add the lengthy trip across the country to the equation, the visitors will be hard pressed to make it to 2-0.

GAME NOTES: The Fresno State Bulldogs have made the trip to the Keystone State for this evening's non-conference clash with the Pittsburgh Panthers.

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