March 9, 2014
By Stephen Trembley
SAN JOSE, Calif. --- The Fresno State men's basketball team finished the regular season with a dominating 69-56 victory at San Jose State on Saturday night.
Fresno State freshman forward Paul Watson made 4 of 8 3-point attempts, totaling a team-high 16 points, to lead the Bulldogs to their eighth win in the last 10 games and a tie for fifth in the Mountain West. Fresno State will enter the 2014 Reese's MW Basketball Championships as the No. 7 seed.
On Saturday, Fresno State raced out to a 22-8 lead and never looked back.
The `Dogs led 35-13 at halftime behind the power of a 24-7 run to close the first half. Fresno State limited San Jose State to just 20 percent shooting from the field before halftime.
San Jose State climbed to as close as 43-34 with 14:39 remaining following a 3-pointer by Rashad Muhammad. The Bulldogs answered with their own run to lead 63-44 with 3:43 remaining after Fresno State point guard Cezar Guerrero hit a jumper and made a layup.
Muhammad led San Jose State (7-23, 1-17) with 17 points.
The win completed the best turnaround in league play in Mountain West history. The Bulldogs are the first MW team ever to start its league slate 1-7 and finish with a .500 record as Fresno State posted a 9-9 record in conference play.
No. 7 seed Fresno State opens play at the MW Tournament on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. PT when the Bulldogs face 10th-seeded Air Force Falcons at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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