Nov. 14, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- The Fresno State men's basketball team survived a trip to the Inland Empire by beating UC Riverside 39-30 on Tuesday night at SRC Arena.
The defensive stalemate featured just 23 combined field goals as the Fresno State defense held the Highlanders to just 12-of-49 (24.5 percent) shooting from the floor.
"That was a struggle tonight," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "We obviously didn't perform offensively like we wanted, but we have to be happy with how our defense played. To go on the road and win is always a challenge."
Bulldogs' junior point guard Allen Huddleston led the Bulldogs with a game-high 17 points, including five crucial free throws in the second half to help seal the win.
The Bulldogs used a 14-0 run over a span of 10:03 in the second half to build a 32-23 advantage and never relinquished the lead down the stretch.
"If we can compete with anywhere close to the tenacity as Coach Grant's teams did, we'll be a team that has a chance to win every night," Terry added when told that the last time a Fresno State team won when scoring under 40 points was early in the season by the eventual 1983 NIT championship squad.
Fresno State (1-1) hosts Pacific (1-0) on Friday night at 7 p.m. PT to begin the Bulldogs' tenth season at the Save Mart Center.
Notes: Fresno State at UC Riverside
With the win, Fresno State improved to 5-0 all-time versus UC Riverside.
Since Terry's arrival at Fresno State in 2011, the Bulldogs are now 13-7 when playing in the state in the California, including a 4-2 mark away from the Save Mart Center and a 3-1 record against Big West opponents.
Under Terry, Fresno State has now committed fewer turnovers than or the same of turnovers as its opponents in 32 of 35 games.
The last time Fresno State won a game when scoring under 40 points was back on Nov. 27, 1982 when the Grant-coached Bulldogs beat Idaho, 38-34. The 1982-83 team went on to win the 1983 NIT Championship.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Season tickets are available through the Bulldog Foundation, and the $149 price for the lower bowl seats is roughly $10 per game. To purchase season tickets, please call the BDF at 559-278-7160. The flagship radio stations for Fresno State men's basketball are KMJ 580 AM (English) and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM (Spanish).
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