Feb. 26, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State did to Boise State what no team had done to the Broncos this season - beat them by 20 points. The Bulldogs ran away from Boise State in the first half and never looked back on their way to a 76-56 win on Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center to give the Broncos their largest margin of defeat this season.
It was the Bulldogs seventh win in their last eight games and moved them into a group of five teams that have eight wins in the Mountain West Conference.
"We're getting better, they're working hard," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "We're playing our best basketball of the year right now."
Fresno State (15-14, 8-8 Mountain West) took their first lead on a Tyler Johnson 3-pointer with 17:02 left in the first half. It was a lead they would hold for the rest of the game.
Marvelle Harris was the star in the opening 20 minutes. The sophomore scored 18 points and knocked down all six shots from the field. He helped propel the Bulldogs towards their 56.3% shooting clip in the first half. Fresno State also was 7-for-13 (53.8%) from behind the arc.
The lead continued to grow as the half went on and reached its largest point when Allen Huddleston hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Johnson to make it 46-25 going into the break.
Stifling defense by the Bulldogs limited Boise State (18-10, 8-7) to just 6-for-24 (25%) shooting in the first half. The 25% mark was the lowest shooting percentage in a half this season for the Broncos.
Boise State made a run midway through the second half to get within 13 points, but that was as close as the Broncos would get. Fresno State would hold Boise State scoreless for 6:22 and go on a 8-0 run to extend the lead back to 21 and put the game away.
Harris finished with a game-high 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including going a perfect 4-for-4 at both the three-point line and free throw line. He was joined in double figures by Johnson, who poured in 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists.
"I felt good and my teammates just kept on giving me the ball," Harris said. "They knew I was hot so there was a lot of really good ball movement."
Fresno State will be back in action on Saturday night when they host No. 13 San Diego State. The Aztecs are tied for the conference lead and defeated the Bulldogs in the first meeting, 66-60 in San Diego. It will be Tark Night at the Save Mart Center as Fresno State honors Hall of Fame coaching legend Jerry Tarkanian.
"Catch the Wave!" - 2013-14 Fresno State men's basketball tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at www.gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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