Seay Nets 5th 20-Plus Point Game of Season on the Road at NMSU
    Fresno State's Greg Smith blocks the shot of New Mexico State's Tyrone Watson.
    Fresno State's Greg Smith blocks the shot of New Mexico State's Tyrone Watson.
    Jan. 16, 2010

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    LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Sylvester Seay's team-high 22 points and sophomore Paul George's team-best nine rebounds were not enough to fend off a determined New Mexico State team as Fresno State finished its first WAC road trip with a 86-77 defeat in Las Cruces.

    "I thought our first half was probably our best 20 minutes of basketball this season," head coach Steve Cleveland said. "We couldn't overcome their ability to shoot the three. They have some special players. We need to now focus on continuing to take care of business at home when we take on two very talented teams this week."

    Fresno State (10-9, 3-2 WAC) will next host two home games with the first on Thursday night, the same day classes resume on campus, when the Bulldogs host the defending WAC champion Utah State Aggies. The game between the two 3-2 teams in conference play starts at 7 p.m.

    Yet, in tonight's game the Bulldogs flowed smoothly and sophomore Mychal Ladd continued his hot stretch from beyond the 3-point arc with a team high three triples.

    "We needed to play better in the second half, but as Coach Cleveland told us in the locker room, we need to leave this game here in Las Cruces and be ready to go on Thursday night," sophomore point guard Steven Shepp, who had six assists in the contest, said after the game.

    With three early 3-pointers and pounding the ball inside in the first four minutes of the game, Fresno State pushed ahead early 12-10.

    On an inbounds pass after an Rahman free throw, the Bulldogs broke the Aggies' full court pass with Shepp sprinting up the court and finding a streaking George for a lay-up and 16-11 advantage.

    With seconds remaining on the shot clock at the 12 minute mark, Ladd drained a left wing triple to put the `Dogs ahead by seven, 21-14 and eventually led by as many as 13 with under four minutes to play in the initial session.

    At halftime, Fresno State led NMSU 43-34. Ladd scored 10 first-half points and an intense defensive effort held the Aggies to only four 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.

    Jahmar Young scored 26 points and Jonathan Gibson added 25 as New Mexico State earned an 86-77 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night.

    In the second half, the Aggies (11-7, 4-1 WAC) were 8 of 16 from 3-point range.

    The Bulldogs closed to within three on a Greg Smith follow with 1:01 left, but a Gibson driving layup and two Young free throws sealed the win for the Aggies.

    "We Are Your Team" - The Utah State Aggies will be at the Save Mart Center on Thursday, January 21, to face your Fresno State Bulldogs. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Save Mart Center Box Office, by calling 559-485-TIXS or through Ticketmaster.com.

     

     

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