'Dogs Suffer Tough 54-48 Loss to No. 19/18 UNM
Kevin Foster posted his fifth career double-double in the Bulldogs' 54-48 loss to No. 19/18 New Mexico.
Kevin Foster posted his fifth career double-double in the Bulldogs' 54-48 loss to No. 19/18 New Mexico.
Feb. 14, 2013

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By Andrew Rich & @StephenTrembley

FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State men's basketball team was on the verge of beating its first ranked opponent in 11 years, but a late New Mexico surge propelled the No. 19/18 Lobos to a 54-48 win Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center.

The Bulldogs' Kevin Olekaibe hit a three-pointer that gave Fresno State a 48-45 lead with 3:46 to play, but that would be the final points of the game for the 'Dogs.

Cameron Bairstow made two consecutive buckets, the second an uncontested dunk after a mad scramble for a loose ball, to give conference leader New Mexico a 49-48 lead.

The Lobos added a Hugh Greenwood free throw, a Tony Snell jumper and a dunk by Kendall Williams to end the game on a 9-0 run.

Post-Game Press Conference
Head Coach Rodney Terry and Kevin Olekaibe

  1st 2nd Final
No. 19/18 New Mexico
(21-4, 8-2 MW)
20 34 54
Fresno State
(8-15, 2-8 MW)
31 17 48
 Game Leaders
  Fresno State New Mexico
 Points Olekaibe 11 Williams 13
 Rebounds Foster 10 Bairstow 10
 Assists T. Johnson 5 Williams 5
 Steals Two w/ 2 Greenwood 3
 Blocks Two w/ 1 Kirk 6

 Team Comparison
  Fresno State New Mexico
 PTS 48 54
 FG 18-55 (.327) 21-56 (.375)
 3pt FG 9-24 (.375) 5-19 (.263)
 FT 3-4 (.750) 7-11 (.636)
 REB 12-24 (36) 14-25 (39)
 TO 11 7

Fresno State used a big 22-4 run over the last eight minutes of the first half to turn what had been a 16-9 deficit, into a 31-20 halftime lead. The run featured a 14-0 spurt from the 8:12 mark to the 3:56 mark when Kevin Olekaibe hit a three-pointer to give the `Dogs a 23-16 lead. Fresno State held its' biggest lead of the game after two Allen Huddleston free throws with 47 seconds left made it 31-18.

Olekaibe led the 'Dogs with 11 points. The junior made three 3-pointers, giving him 14 in his last four games. Kevin Foster was the only other Bulldog in double figures. He recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Tyler Johnson, the team's leading scorer coming in, was held to just seven points and pulled down seven rebounds.

New Mexico (21-4, 8-2 MW) was led by three players in double figures - Kendall Williams (13 points), Alex Kirk (10) and Tony Snell (10). The Fresno State three-point shooting defense, which entered the game as the second-best in the Mountain West, limited the Lobos to 5 of 19 shooting from beyond the arc. New Mexico entered as a 34% 3-point shooting team.

Fresno State (8-15, 2-8 MW) returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Laramie to take on Wyoming (17-7, 3-7) at 1 p.m. PT on FM KMJ 105.9.

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