March 1, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State fell victim to a hot shooting San Diego State (25-3, 14-2 MW) team on Saturday night as the No. 13 Aztecs shot 60% from the field en route to an 82-67 win over the Bulldogs at the Save Mart Center.
The game was played in front of 14,801 fans, the fourth-largest crowd in Save Mart Center history.
"The crowd was really something, they did a great job, I know we didn't give them a whole lot to cheer about but I want to thank them for all of the support," Tyler Johnson said. "I want to thank all of the fans that came out."
San Diego State's 60% shooting night was their best performance of the Mountain West Conference season, but Fresno State was right within striking distance throughout the first half.
The Bulldogs took their first lead when Johnson knocked down a three-pointer that put Fresno State (15-15, 8-9) ahead 13-12 with 11:27 to play in the opening half. After an Aqeel Quinn three-pointer, Allen Huddleston drove the lane for a layup to tie things up at 15. After that, the Bulldogs never had another lead.
Even though the Aztecs knocked down 13-of-21 shots in the first half, the Bulldogs were able to shoot 12-of-26, including 4-of-8 to trail just 40-35 going into the break.
"For a better part of the first half, we did just enough to be right where we needed to be, with the exception of closing out the half," Terry said.
However, the Aztecs didn't cool off in the locker room. They would score nine of the first 14 points in the second half and build their lead to 10 and eventually extended it to 19 later in the half thanks to 58% shooting in the final 20 minutes.
Johnson, who was one of two seniors honored before the game, scored 17 points, but played just 28 minutes because of foul trouble. Sophomore Marvelle Harris scored a team-high 18 on 7-of-12 shooting. Alex Davis and Cezar Guerrero also scored in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Fresno State will have a week off before they close the Mountain West regular season next Saturday at San Jose State. The Bulldogs will have a chance to finish .500 in the league and finish as high as fifth place, which would give Fresno State a first-round bye at the Mountain West Championships in Las Vegas on March 12-15.
"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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