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.

Fresno State’s overtime victory not sitting well in Reno

Kevin Foster, shown in this Bee file photo, knocked down a big 3-pointer to send the Bulldogs’ game Tuesday at Nevada into OT.

The Fresno State Bulldogs’ overtime victory at Nevada did not sit well with the Wolf Pack – with coach David Carter, anyway. Carter was livid after the Pack had made a number of mistakes down the stretch, allowing the Bulldogs to take the game into and win in overtime, including a missed free throw by Malik Story that would have given Nevada a two-possession lead with 14 seconds to go.

The Bulldogs came out of a timeout and Kevin Foster ran a perfectly executed play with a fake handoff to a decoy shooter down in the corner and knocked down a tying 3-pointer. Perfect, from the Fresno State standpoint. Nevada guard Deonte Burton was supposed to switch and didn’t, leaving Foster wide open.

“You can look at me,” the Nevada coach said, in the Reno Gazette Journal. “I know I’m the head of the team. But you know what? Sometimes they have to take ownership of the team and be accountable for what the (expletive deleted) they’re doing. You miss free throws, that’s concentration. You’re at home, you have the game in grasp and you can’t step up there and make plays, make free throws, maybe you’re not a Division I player.”

Carter did not allow any of the Wolf Pack players to speak to the media after the game — the third time he has done that this season. But he did plenty of talking for them, and to them.

“I just told them, ‘I don’t have any answers,’ ” Carter said. “I put you in position to win. I run sets, run plays, you have to make plays, you have to make free throws, you have to block out. There’s only so much I can control when you get out there.’ It’s up to them to decide what they want to be.”

Bulldogs’ Kevin Foster expected to be back for Wyoming

Fresno State forward Kevin Foster, who is back home in Florida with his family following the death of his grandfather and will not play on Saturday when the Bulldogs take on New Mexico, is expected to rejoin the team on Monday.

The 6-foot-8 senior would be available when the ‘Dogs resume Mountain West Conference play on Wednesday with a game against Wyoming at the Save Mart Center. That game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.

Fresno State likely to be without two starters at New Mexico

Fresno State will be without one starter and is very likely to be without a second on Saturday when it tries to take down No. 25 New Mexico.

Forward Kevin Foster, who led the Bulldogs with 18 points and had seven rebounds in a loss to San Diego State, returned home to Florida after the death of his grandfather and will not make the trip to Albuquerque. And guard Tyler Johnson, who suffered a right ankle injury in that game, is unlikely to play.