By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- Through the first ten games of the season, the Fresno State men's basketball team has established itself as one of the best defensive teams in the country.
And while Wednesday night highlighted another lockdown defensive effort by the Bulldogs against one of the Pac-12's most potent offenses, Fresno State came up on the wrong side of another gritty comeback bid in falling 50-43 to Colorado at the Save Mart Center.
"Real close doesn't count, and we aren't playing for moral victories - we are playing to win," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "We played a quality opponent tonight and had our opportunities. 95 percent of this game in mental and you have to be a confident player and you have to be a confident team and we are real close."
The Bulldogs erased a 10-point halftime deficit by going on a 13-2 run out of the break while the Buffaloes scoreless for the first five minutes before allowing Colorado to respond with a 16-4 surge of its own for a 45-34 lead.
Fresno State then made the next eight points to surge back within two points with less than 30 seconds to play. But the Buffs hit five of their six free throws in the last 18 seconds of the game to fend off the 'Dogs furious rally.
"It was a hassle for us, we dug ourselves into a hole there but we did a great job fighting back in the second half," junior forward Jerry Brown III said. "It's all about finishing the game for us and we're right there but I feel like this team has a lot of growth."
Colorado's Andre Roberson scored 17 points and grabbed a career-best 20 rebounds. Askia Booker added 14 points and Josh Scott had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Buffaloes (8-2).
Kevin Foster led the Bulldogs with eight points and eight rebounds in just 18 minutes of action.
Fresno State (5-5) will host UC Irvine (6-4) at the Save Mart Center on Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT.
"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" --- Fresno State's Mountain West Mini-Plan starts as low as $85 and can be purchased by calling 559-278-DOGS (Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.) or visiting www.gobulldogs.com/miniplan. 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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