Fresno State Men's Basketball Team Beats Hawaii in Final Regular Season Game

Gean MayContributor IIMarch 6, 2011

Photo by Keith Baggs
Photo by Keith Baggs

The Fresno State Men's Basketball team ended the regular season on a high note, beating the red hot Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors 85-70 at the Save Mart Center.

In a totally lopsided affair, the Rainbow Warriors only bright spot was guard Zane Johnson, who had a game-high 21 points.

The difference maker was hustle and rebounds, as Fresno State out-rebounded Hawai'i 43-30.

Hawai'i came into Fresno riding a five-game winning streak and winning nine out of the last 11 games.  On a night when the Bulldogs (14-15, 6-9 WAC) were honoring their only senior Nedeljko Golubovic, they never trailed once.

Golubovic finished the game with 7 points and 5 rebounds, which is higher than he averages for the season in both categories.

Freshman guard Kevin Olekaibe led the way for the Bulldogs with 17 points, and he was 3 for 5 from three-point range. Sophomore forward Greg Smith also had a big night with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

The Bulldogs were coming off a tough loss to Idaho on the road, a game in which they played very well; they seemed to play with the same kind of energy against Hawaii.

Head coach Steve Cleveland liked the energy heading into the WAC tournament against No. 6 seed Nevada.

"Everybody was just you know, they were engaged," Cleveland said.  "And so when we do play like this, it's fun for everyone.


Cleveland was very clear about this game not being the end to the season,The Bulldogs still have at least one more game, if not more.


"We're not finished. We're not finished," Cleveland said with conviction. "We need to prepare the next three days for Nevada and know that we've got a big-time ballgame to go against a team that's very, very talented offensively."