Fresno State forward Jerry Brown to finish career at Santa Clara

Jerry Brown, who is graduating from Fresno State this spring, will use his final season of eligibility at Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference.

The 6-foot-7 forward played in 30 games for the Bulldogs last season, starting 21. He averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game and was selected as the team’s outstanding defender.

Fresno State has 6-9 Braeden Anderson and 6-10 Tanner Giddings returning next season as sophomores, and in the Class of 2013 has recruited forwards Alex Davis from Hutchinson Community College and Soma Edo from Berkner High in Richardson, Texas, as well as wing Paul Watson from Paradise Valley High in Phoenix and point guard Emmanuel Owootoah from Codria High in Hazard, Ky.

Tyler Johnson honored as Bulldogs’ most valuable player

Tyler Johnson was named team MVP at Fresno State’s postseason awards banquet on April 15, 2013.

Fresno State guard Tyler Johnson, who scored a team-high 12.1 points per game and 58 assists, was honored as the Bulldogs’ most valuable player on Monday at the men’s basketball team’s annual banquet.

The other Bulldogs honored:

Outstanding defender: Jerry Brown III.

Outstanding rebounder: Kevin Foster.

Four-year Achievement and Commitment Award: Garrett Johnson.

Bulldog Award: Brad Ely.

Top free-throw shooter: Kevin Olekaibe.

Outstanding student-athlete: Braeden Anderson.

Outstanding service: Allen Huddleston.

Playmaker Award: Marvelle Harris.

Most improved: Tanner Giddings.

Bulldogs’ game plan didn’t count on a second Colorado State big playing that way

The game plan against Colorado State and, more specifically, its 6-foot-10 center Colton Iverson, was the same as it was the first two times Fresno State came up against them.

When he had the ball in the post, trap, and see if they could force him to pass out of the doubles or get him into foul trouble and off the floor for stretches. The Bulldogs did not have much success with that during the regular season — Iverson had double-doubles in both games, with 11 points and 13 rebounds in the game at the Save Mart Center and 12 and 12 when they played in Fort Collins, Colo.

It was different, but didn’t make a difference in the end result for Fresno State in a 67-61 loss to the Rams in the quarterfinal round of the Mountain West Tournament, Iverson scoring only seven points with five rebounds while spending extended periods on the bench in foul trouble. He played only 23 minutes, after averaging 31.4 in conference play.

“He’s a load to slow down, to begin with,” coach Rodney Terry said. “We pretty much had the same type of defensive set that we wanted to work with. We work with the baseline trap coming mostly from out guards, perimeter players, hoping to pick up a charge and get him off the floor. We know they’re a different team with him not being on the floor.

“We were able to do that early in this ball game, got him off the floor early. But I’ll give him a lot of credit. He’s one of the best big man passers, not only in our league, but in the country. He finds guys.”

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