Marvelle Harris still is the Fresno State men's basketball team's leading scorer, averaging 15.4 points per game. But the sophomore guard has struggled in the past two games, losses at Colorado State and San Diego State.
He was 0 of 8 against the Rams including 0 of 6 on 3-pointers, scoring just one point. And he was 3 of 12 including 2 of 5 against the Aztecs, scoring 11 points.
And coach Rodney Terry doesn't want him to try to shoot his way out of his slump -- rather Terry wants him to defend his way out of it.
"I think he can play his way out of that by playing harder on defense and getting lost on that end of the floor, and then the offense will come a little easier to him," Terry said. "I don't think you ever as a scorer or as a guy that can really put the ball in the basket go into a game saying, 'Man, I've got to really score, I've got to really score,' without playing any kind of defense or playing hard on that end.
"I think you get him playing hard on that end, and then you get something easy on offense, now you're ready to go. That's the way you play your way into having a really good scoring night because you've had a chance to lather yourself up on defense, get in the flow of the game, on offense you hopefully get something easy around the basket, now you're ready to play."
New Mexico shooting issues
New Mexico has won both of its road games in getting out to a 3-1 start in conference play, winning 72-69 at Wyoming in overtime and 69-65 at San Jose State.
Ranked 10th of 11 in the Mountain West in field-goal percentage at 43.8%, the Lobos have hit just 39.8% (90 of 226) in road games at New Mexico State, at Kansas, at Wyoming and at San Jose State.
New Mexico hasn't won first three conference road games since 1984, when the Lobos started 4-0.
Paul George Night
Saturday is Paul George Night at the Save Mart Center, with the first fans arriving at the game receiving a limited edition figure of the former Bulldog, now with the Indiana Pacers.
Fans also will have a chance to win a figurine during the game.
Doors will open at 3 p.m., with a 4 p.m. tipoff against the Lobos.
Alex Davis stepping up game
Terry on the development of junior college transfer Alex Davis, who is having to play out of position in the post this season due to injuries: "He's gotten better. I still haven't really seen Alex Davis play at the level I think he's capable of playing, to be honest with you, and he would probably agree with that. I think he's much better than what he's shown to this point, but he is working hard at really trying to simplify some things.
"I think a transfer player usually takes a little time and you start kind of thinking and pressing and start thinking and pressing, thinking you should be doing some things when you're not. I think when you make it simple -- say, this is what we need to do, this is what we need you to do on offense in the paint, this is what we need you to do when that shot goes up -- then you don't have a lot of things to think about. Just go do those things really well and do them at a high level and let everything else fall into place."
The junior forward is averaging 4.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game this season. In the video below, he discusses his transition from JC basketball to D-I.
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