Nov. 20, 2013
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Behind a dominating defensive effort and huge edge in rebounds, the Fresno State men's basketball team ran away from Cal Poly late in the second half to win handily, 63-46.
The Bulldogs won both of their games on the short two-game homestand.
Fresno State, facing a Mustang team that came in shooting 40% for the season and had played tight games against No. 5 Arizona and Mountain West member Nevada so far this season, limited the Mustangs to just 32% shooting from the field and just 2-of-17 shooting from the three-point line. Only five Cal Poly players scored in the game and only two of the five scored in double figures.
"They're coming off two tough losses at Nevada, the whole game with Nevada," head coach Rodney Terry said. "They played a really good Arizona team and went toe-to-toe with them so this is a good win for us to get."
After falling behind early, the Bulldogs regained the lead at 11-10 with 11:48 left in the first half and led for the final 31 minutes and 48 seconds of the game. The Fresno State defense limited Cal Poly to just nine points from the 15:45 mark in the first half to halftime.
The Mustangs cut the Bulldog's 12-point halftime lead down to five with 14:05 left in the second half. But from that point, Fresno State went on a 23-6 run to extend their lead 63-41 with a minute to play. The 22-point lead was the largest of the night for the Bulldogs.
It was a team effort on the boards that saw four Bulldogs grab seven rebounds or more. Senior Tyler Johnson led the team with nine rebounds. The 6'4 guard is the team's leading rebounder through four games this season. His effort, along with seven rebounds apiece for Marvelle Harris, Paul Watson and Allen Huddleston contributed to Fresno State outrebounding the Mustangs 45-28.
"I think it's a great game collaboration of our big guys doing their job, in terms of holding their block out and letting the guards come in and clean up on the boards," Terry said.
Five Bulldogs scored in double figures on the night. Senior Allen Huddleston finished with a team-high 14 on 4-of-9 shooting. He was joined in double figures by Harris (12), Cezar Guerrero (11), Watson (10) and Alex Davis (10). The 10-point night for Davis was his first double figure scoring game as a Bulldog.
Fresno State takes its two-game winning streak on the road for a match-up with longtime Highway 99 rival Pacific. The `Dogs and Tigers will tip at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday night at the Spanos Center in Stockton.
"Catch the Wave" - 2013-14 Fresno State men's basketball season 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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