Menís Basketball Opens Fresno State Classic Against Host
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team will spend its holiday weekend in Fresno, Calif., to compete in three games in three days at the Fresno State Classic at Save Mart Arena. Drake opens up the three-day event on Friday, Nov. 29 against homestanding Fresno State at 9 p.m. CST. Drake will face Northern Arizona and CSU Bakersfield the following days.
Friday’s Classic opener will be broadcast in Des Moines on 1350-AM KRNT and streamed live here. All remaining games will be carried on KRNT.
The Bulldogs travel to the San Joaquin Valley with a 3-1 record after dispatching Omaha, 88-80, their last outing behind a 23-point, 11-rebound double-double from Richard Carter (Detroit, Mich.) The senior point guard is ranked 19th nationally in scoring at 23.3 points per game this season while shooting more than 50 percent from both the field and three-point arc.
Carter has also engineered an offense that has committed an average of just 8.0 turnovers per game in its last three games and posted a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio in the win over Omaha. That game saw Gary Ricks, Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Chris Caird (Daventry, England) each dish out a career-high five assists.
Fresno State is 4-2 this season after easily handling San Diego Christian, 92-59, on Monday evening. The team also has wins against UC Irvine, CSU Northridge and Cal Poly. Marvelle Harris leads Fresno State with 15.8 points per game after opening the season with a 30-point outburst at UC Irvine.
Drake and Fresno State have met just once before with Drake winning, 70-52, on Dec. 14, 1949.
Following Friday’s game, Drake will have less than 24 hours to regroup before taking on Northern Arizona on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. CST.