Nov. 25, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State men's basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season in falling to Long Beach State 69-61 in a rare Sunday matinee at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State (3-2) used a high-energy spark in the early part of the first half to build a 29-20 lead with 7:15 left before halftime before allowing LBSU to close the half on a 17-5 run, which gave the 49ers a 37-34 edge at the break.
"I thought we lost a little bit of our defensive intensity there for a stretch to be honest with you, because they went on a good little run right after that," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "We knew going in that to win this game we would have to take their transition baskets away. We finished the half giving them 20 points in transition, which was a huge part of the game. When we got back and got our defense set we are in pretty good shape."
The Bulldogs played from behind throughout the second half and couldn't make enough defense stops or hit enough shots down the stretch to overcome what became a 10-point second-half deficit.
"We got shots that we wanted, but we have to knock some of our shots down," Terry said. "We had opportunities. We didn't shoot the ball particularly well at the free throw line. I give those guys (Long Beach State) a lot of credit, they fought hard, and they came up with some fifty-fifty balls. That was the difference in the game."
Junior point guard Allen Huddleston scored a team-best 13 points for the 'Dogs while Tyler Johnson added 10 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Freshman Robert Upshaw posted eight points and six rebounds in his Save Mart Center debut.
Despite the loss, Fresno State has still won three of its first five games of a season for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
"It's just frustrating especially when you can come out and get a win against a team that is very beatable, but we just have to prepare for the next game and try to get that win next game," Huddleston said.
The Bulldogs head back on the road for a Wednesday night game at Southern Illinois, which tips off at 5 p.m. PT and can be heard live on KMJ 580 AM or online at www.gobulldogs.com/allaccess (subscription required).
Also of note, Fresno State and Long Beach State will play again on Dec. 3, with the second meeting to be played in LBSU's Pyramid.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Fresno State men's basketball non-conference single game tickets can be bought through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) and at the Save Mart Center Box Office starting at $17 for adults and $9 for youth, except for contests versus San Diego Christian and Sonoma State, which are priced at $7 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 2-12). 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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