Feb. 16, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. --- After building a 14-point second half lead, the Fresno State men's basketball team was handed a 55-51 overtime road loss at Wyoming on Saturday afternoon inside Arena-Auditorium.
Bulldogs' senior forward Kevin Foster scored a team-best 14 points and junior Tyler Johnson added 13 points, but Fresno State only got to the free throw line eight times compared to Wyoming's 33 free throw attempts that featured an aggressive and physical battle from start to finish.
"There isn't much to say - This was our ballgame," Fresno State second-year head coach Rodney Terry said. "We've got to finish out games and have to make plays down the stretch. Give them credit for finishing out the game."
Junior guard Kevin Olekaibe scored the Bulldogs' first two baskets to open the game - both on hard, dribble penetration cuts into the lane. In fact, eight of the first nine Fresno State points were produced in the paint and 18 of the first 24 points scored by both teams came inside.
This allowed for the 'Dogs to then turn to their long-range air assault that catapulted Fresno State to a 31-21 halftime lead over Wyoming behind the power of a 15-6 run to end the first half.
"We were great in the first half and got what we wanted to do," Terry said.
Bulldogs' junior Jerry Brown then added a strong move down low on the opening sequence of the second half and freshman Braeden Anderson added a pull-up jumper to put Fresno State ahead 35-21 with 18:18 to play.
Fresno State maintained its lead until regulation's final minute when Wyoming saddled up for a second-half closing 8-0 run to force overtime with the score tied 49-49 and the Pokes secured its fourth conference victory by outscoring the 'Dogs 6-2 in the overtime session for the four-point win.
For the game, Fresno State outrebounded Wyoming 42-31 and owned a 17-4 advantage on the offensive glass.
"We kept those guys off the glass and did a great job with [Leonard] Washington in the first half," Terry said. "We did a good job on the glass for the whole game. We gave up four offensive rebounds, which is a big deal for us. We outrebounded those guys 42-31."
The Pokes were fueled in large part by Leonard Washington's double-double (14 points and 13 rebounds) and reserve Nathan Sobey's 10 points, with seven of those coming at the free throw line.
With the home win, Wyoming (18-7, 4-7 Mountain West) takes a two-game edge on Fresno State (8-16, 2-9 MW) for the No. 7 seed for the 2013 Mountain West Championship - as the top seven MW teams advance directly to the tournament's Quarterfinals while the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds play an opening round game on Tuesday, March 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
There are five games left for Fresno State before the conference tournament. The Bulldogs next play at Nevada before hosting Boise State on Feb. 23. The 'Dogs then travel to Colorado State on Feb. 26, host Air Force on March 2 and closes out the regular season at UNLV on March 9.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- There are two more chances to see the Bulldogs at home this season as Fresno State hosts Boise State on Feb. 23 and Air Force on March 2. Tickets can be purchased starting at $17 for adults and $9 for youth through www.gobulldogs.com or at the Save Mart Center Box Office.