FRESNO, Calif. --- A big run at the beginning of the second half was not enough to overcome an 18-point halftime deficit for the Fresno State men's basketball team in its 74-63 loss to Colorado State Saturday night at the Save Mart Center.
It was the Rams' first win in Fresno after dropping the previous eight.
Trailing 38-20 at the half, the Bulldogs went on a 19-6 run to open the second half and cut the Colorado State lead to five. The Rams would extend their lead back to nine before another run cut the lead to five, but that was as close as Fresno State could get.
Tyler Johnson led all scorers with 23 points on 7 of 16 shooting. The junior has now scored in double figures in every Mountain West Conference game except for the San Diego State game that he left early with an injury.
Allen Huddleston and Marvelle Harris each added 15 to give the Bulldogs three players in double figures. It was Huddleston's second straight big game coming off the bench after he scored 20 last Wednesday against Boise State.
Free throws again were a back breaker for the third straight game for Fresno State. After seeing Nevada make 30 of 37 and Boise State make all 26 attempts, Colorado State shot 29 of 34 from the line. The Bulldogs (7-12, 1-5) shot their free throws at an 85% clip, but were just 17 of 20.
Colorado State (16-4, 3-2) also hurt the `Dogs on the glass, outrebounding Fresno State 40-21. The Rams grabbed 12 of those 40 rebounds on the offensive end. They entered the contest as the best offensive rebounding team in the Mountain West Conference. Colton Iverson, a 6'10" senior, led Colorado State with 13 rebounds.
The `Dogs continue Mountain West Conference play on Wednesday in Colorado Springs when they take on the Air Force Academy at 6 p.m. The game can be heard live on KMJ 580 AM.
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics
Fresno, Calif. - Fresno Pacific (12-6, 7-3 PWC) jumped out to an early lead before withstanding a furious second-half comeback by Hawaii Pacific (6-10, 3-6 PWC) to hang on for a 94-87 win in overtime. The Sunbirds led 40-19 at one point in the first half. FPU was still up by 11 points with 6:50 left in regulation before the Sea Warriors closed the gap to force overtime.
Two three-pointers by HPU's Jelaney White would give the Sea Warriors the lead in the final minute of regulation, but a Malcolm Griffin floater with 12 seconds left tied it up. The Sunbirds would control the overtime as John Taylor scored the first five FPU points to finish on a high-note after a lackluster shooting night.
Taylor and Griffin finished with 20 points apiece. Antonio Credit added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Samuels added 16 points.
Marko Cukic led the Sea Warriors with 19 points. Malte Ziegenhagen added 18 off the bench.
The Sunbirds improved to 10-0 at home on the season.
Courtesy: Fresno Pacific Athletics
Fresno City remained unbeaten in CVC action, beating West Hills, 80-59. Alex Perez led the Rams with 13 points. FCC connected on 14 3-pointers in the game. Ed Madec improved to (75-4), career, in the CVC.