Jan. 19, 2008
HONOLULU (AP) -- A trip to Hawaii can be paradise, except when teams enter the Stan Sherrif Center. Fresno State found the going tough Saturday nights in a 75-62 loss to the Warriors. Despite a 21-point effort by Kevin Bell and a career-high 13 points from Nedeljko Golubovic, the Bulldogs struggled from the three point range, something that has been a season-long strength.
Matt Gibson and Riley Luettgerodt added 12 points apiece for the Rainbow Warriors (7-10, 3-2 Western Athletic Conference), who have won three of four.
The teams traded baskets early in the first half, which featured 12 lead changes and three ties. But the Bulldogs shot just 2-of-12 from the field in the final 10:38 of the half, and Hawaii outscored Fresno State 14-5 during the stretch to take a 29-23 lead at halftime.
Hawaii extended its lead early in the second half, making five of its first six 3-point attempts of the half and went up 50-38 on Gibson's 3-pointer from the right wing with 12:27 remaining.
Fresno State would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
Head Coach Steve Cleveland
"When two of your top two scorers have a tough night shooting the ball, it's going to be tough to win on the road. For us to be a successful basketball team we need to get points from Eddie Miller. He's a great shooter but had an off night. We don't have anyone right now who can pick up the slack. "
"I thought Hawaii played very well tonight. When they can knock down threes like that they are a very dangerous basketball team. Nash killed us with a couple big threes. Dillinger is a good shooter."
"We've been on the road. Right now we are tired team. We need to get home get back after it in the Save Mart Center. That starts next Saturday against San Jose State."
New Mexico State 64, Louisiana Tech 53
Utah State 79, Idaho 64
Boise State 95, Nevada 80
Fresno State hosts Boise State on Monday, January 28 at the Save Mart Center.
Join the State - Fresno State! The Bulldogs return home to the Save Mart Center on Saturday, January 26 in a rematch against San Jose State at 7 p.m. Be there as Fresno State honors the 2007 Fresno State football team, winners of the 2007 Roady's Humanitarian Bowl at halftime. Tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at (559) 485-TIXS, or in person at the Save Mart Center box office.
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