Sports review

The Save Mart Center is located at 2650 E. Shaw Ave. There will be a variety of upcoming peformances for musicians and entertainment shows in 2019 and 2020.

Men’s Basketball

In just its second conference game of the season, the Fresno State men’s basketball team traveled to Logan, Utah, on Saturday to face the No. 25 team in the country, the Utah State Aggies. 

The Bulldogs pushed the Aggies to the limit, taking the game into overtime. But they were eventually defeated by Utah State, 77-70. This loss is the Bulldogs’ fourth straight and second in the Mountain West (MW) conference.

This loss brings the ‘Dogs’ overall record to 2-6, putting them at the bottom of the conference standing.

In the game, Bulldogs guard New Williams had a career-high 26 points and even scored a three-point shot that sent the game into overtime. Forward Nate Grimes had a double-double with 22-points and 10 rebounds plus four blocks in the game.

“I was proud of the guys and the way we competed. I thought we showed some grit tonight,” head coach Justin Hutson said in a Fresno State Athletics news release. “We still have room for improvement, but I thought we showed some grit in a tough environment.”

The men’s basketball team is back on the court this Wednesday when they travel north to face the Cal Golden Bears.

Women’s Basketball

Looking for its third win in a row, the Fresno State women’s basketball team hosted the Utah Aggies at the Save Mart Center on Saturday night. The Bulldogs won their conference opener against UNLV and were looking to continue their winning momentum against the Aggies. 

The Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 76-64, gaining a third-straight win and the second in a row for conference. The ‘Dogs moved into first place in the MW conference standings with an overall record of 7-3 and stayed undefeated in conference. 

In the game, forward Maddi Utti scored 20 points with seven rebounds and five steals. Also, Hanna Cavinder scored 19 points for the Bulldogs with seven assists and four steals. 

“If your defense is consistent, then you are going to get turnovers, you are going to get that spark on the other end,” head coach Jaime White said in a Fresno State Athletics news release. “We could have shot the 3 a little better. We weren’t completely on fire there, but we can be, so that’s a good sign.”

The Bulldogs will be back at the Save Mart Center on Thursday night when they face the La Verne Leopards. 

Wrestling

The Fresno State wrestling team took part in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite Tournament, in Las Vegas, Nevada, last weekend. The Bulldogs’ 157-pounder Jacob Wright took fifth place in the tournament, becoming the first Fresno State wrestler to place since heavyweight Clint Welbeck back in 2004.

Overall, three other Bulldogs participated in the invitational, Ricky Padilla in the 165-pound class, Jackson Hemauer in the 174-pound and Randy Gonzalez for the heavyweight class. 

Wright went 5-2, only losing to the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in the tournament. Another Bulldog with a winning record in the tournament was Padilla, who went 3-2, losing to the No. 7 and No. 6 seed in the tournament. 

The other Bulldogs who participated in the tournament had a less than stellar performance. Hemauer went 1-2, and Gonzales had only one match, which he lost because of an injury that forced him to forfeit the rest of the matches. 

Bulldog wrestling will be off until Jan. 2, when they face Utha Valley and Cal Poly at the Save Mart Center.

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