FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Bulldogs' best offensive outing of the season was outgunned by the hot hands of Colorado State in Fresno State's 87-74 loss to the Rams on Saturday night in Moby Arena.
Sophomore shooting guard Garrett Johnson hit all five of his 3-point attempts for a career-high 17 points and freshman point guard Kevin Olekaibe notched his fourth consecutive game with double-digits in scoring with a career-best 15 points.
"Garrett played very well offensively," head coach Steve Cleveland said of Johnson, who helped Fresno State shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 47.4 percent on 3-point attempts.
"I thought Greg played as hard as he had all year," Cleveland said of Smith. "Tim played really well in the first half, but he got tired since he hasn't played much. We had way too many turnovers. The inability to stop the dribble in the second half really hurt us."
Colorado State (4-1) also delivered their top offensive showcase of the young season. Four Rams reached double-figures, including Andy Ogide's second double-double (16 points and 11 rebounds) in as many games. As a team, CSU shot 59.4 percent on field goals and a blistered 52.9 from beyond the 3-point arc and gained the edge in every major statistical category.
"This is the best CSU team I have seen in the past 14 years," Cleveland noted of the Mountain West opponent he faced on a yearly basis during his eight-year tenure at BYU from 1997-2005. "They are very good offensively and our inability to stop the dribble in the second half really hurt us."
After trailing by 12 points with 2:17 left in the first half, Fresno State used a 12-5 run to cut the deficit to only five (39-34) at the break. The Dogs were held without a free attempt in the first 20 minutes of play before taking 19 shots from the charity stripe in the second half.
Fresno State (1-5) will next face San Diego on the road to finish a stretch of playing three straight road contests and five of the first seven games away from Fresno. The Bulldogs return to the Save Mart Cent to start a five-game holiday homestand on Dec. 11 against the Pepperdine Waves.
"We Are Your Team!" --- The Bulldog men's basketball team will wrap its three-game road trip at the University of San Diego on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Pacific. The game can be heard live on KMJ 580 AM or www.gobulldogs.com/allaccess. You can spend time with your Bulldogs during the holiday season when Fresno State opens five-game homestand on Saturday evening against Pepperdine at 7 p.m. in the Save Mart Center. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.
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