Nov. 23, 2013
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
STOCKTON, Calif. ---In its third November road test, the Fresno State men's basketball team came out on the wrong side of an 86-77 decision at Pacific on Saturday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
"We're going to play in some tough environments this year, and we have to do a better job of playing in those places," third-year Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "We didn't make enough plays in the second half, and we have to play at a high level for 40 minutes. We'll regroup and learn from the mistakes we made tonight."
Bulldogs' senior guard Tyler Johnson scored a season-best 25 points but it wasn't enough, as the Pacific Tigers pulled away from Fresno State by taking control of the second half.
Pacific (4-0) had four players score double-digits, including a career-high 16 points and 12 rebounds from Khalil Kelley. Sama Taku had 16 points, shooting 5-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Pacific led by only three with 11 minutes remaining, but was able to create enough separation to pull away late in game. Sparked by Kelley's bucket, the Tigers outlasted the Bulldogs with a 21-9 run down the stretch.
Fresno State (3-2) dictated the pace throughout much of the first half, built an early lead but neither team led by more than four points in the first half - with the Tigers owning a 27-26 advantage at halftime.
The loss dropped Fresno State to 1-2 in non-conference road games this year with twi remaining: at Utah (Dec. 7) and at California (Dec. 14). The 'Dogs also play No. 16 Florida in Sunrise, Fla. - which is a neutral site contest for the 2013 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic. Fresno State is 2-0 at home.
The Bulldogs return to the Save Mart Center for a four-game homestand over the span of seven days. Fresno State will host San Diego Christian College on Monday, and then face Drake, Bakersfield and Northern Arizona in the 29th Fresno State Classic - presented by The First Tee of Fresno.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
"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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