By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FORT COLLINS, Colo. --- The Fresno State men's basketball team suffered a 76-57 road loss at Colorado State on Saturday night inside Moby Arena.
After a strong start that put the Bulldogs in front 12-4, Fresno State allowed Colorado State go on a 29-6 run over the next 10:36 that gave the Rams a 33-18 lead. CSU led 38-27 at halftime.
Fresno State chipped away in the second half - cutting its deficit to just five points - before the Rams pulled away for good with a 14-1 run to close the game.
"The difference in the game was toughness," Fresno State third-year head men's basketball coach Rodney Terry said. "You go on the road in this type of environment with the type of mentality they have it comes down to toughness and we didn't live up to our end of the bargain in terms of matching their toughness.
CSU's J.J. Avila powered his way to his third double-double with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. The Rams' Daniel Bejarano scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half and Jon Octeus also finished with 19. With the win, CSU improved to 11-6 on the season and 2-2 in MW play.
"This team, at such an early age, understands when they're playing right and when they're playing wrong," Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy said. "When we really played well they were all executing. Guys made baskets at certain stages of the game. We knew we would score enough points we just didn't know if we could stop (Fresno State) and we did a nice job stopping them."
By netting 21 points on Saturday night, Johnson is now just 21 points away from reaching 1,000 career points.
Fresno State (8-9, 1-3 Mountain West) next plays at No. 13/15 San Diego State on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. before returning home for Paul George Night when the 'Dogs host defending MW champion New Mexico on Saturday at 4 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast on ESPN3 and 940 AM ESPN Radio.
"Catch the Wave!" - 2013-14 Fresno State men's basketball tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at www.gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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