The Fresno State Bulldogs won't have to wait too long to find out whether anything from a 91-67 exhibition victory over Dominican on Monday will carry over once the season starts, but they had much more than the overmatched Division II Penguins.
The Bulldogs, who open Friday at UC Irvine, were led by their veteran backcourt, with Allen Huddleston scoring a game-high 21 points, Tyler Johnson adding 17 and Marvelle Harris 16 at the Save Mart Center.
But freshman forward Karachi Edo — who will be pushed into the fray because of injuries to bigs Braeden Anderson (neck), Tanner Giddings (wrist) and Alex Davis (knee) — was a presence around the basket, hitting 9 of 10 shots and scoring 20 points to go along with eight rebounds.
"We got some extra work with him on Saturday, in terms of some urgency," coach Rodney Terry said. "Our young players, they're thrown in the fire right now and I think our older players are doing a good job of really trying to bring them up to speed, but each and every day, every possession, they're learning and they're getting better. A year ago, they were playing high school basketball. They're playing Division I college basketball right now and they're having to learn it at a pretty good level."
Freshman point guard Emmanuel Owootoah also played a solid game, getting to the free-throw line seven times (he made five) and he had seven assists to only one turnover.
The Bulldogs, Terry said, will have point guard Cezar Guerrero back from a suspension for a violation of Athletic Department policy against UC Irvine and Davis is expected back as well.
Connor Haysbert, a 6-8 senior center, led Dominican with 16 points.
Up next: Season opener
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FRESNO STATE AT UC IRVINE
Friday: 7 p.m.
2012: Bulldogs 11-19, 5-11 Mountain West; Anteaters 21-16, 11-7 Big West
Of note: UC Irvine was named Big West favorite UC Santa Barbara in last month's preseason media poll. Fresno State was picked for eighth in the Mountain West.
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