Jan. 26, 2013
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.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Fresno State's 4-Game Mini-Plan starts at $14 per game and can be purchased by calling 559-278-DOGS (Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.) or visiting www.gobulldogs.com/miniplan.
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