Bulldogs Dominate Seawolves, 89-64
Dec. 30, 2012
By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- In its final tune-up before starting Mountain West play, the Fresno State men's basketball team found its offensive stroke and applied consistent defensive pressure for an 89-64 wire-to-wire win over Sonoma State in a Sunday matinee at the Save Mart Center.
Junior Tyler Johnson led all scorers with a career-high 25 points on 9-of-12 from the floor and added eight rebounds and four assists to help the Bulldogs snap their four-game losing streak.
Fresno State built a 21-point lead (29-8) midway through the first half, which Sonoma State closed to a six-point deficit twice in the final minute of the half before a final basket by Tyler Johnson gave the Bulldogs a 43-35 halftime lead over the Seawolves.
The Bulldogs built it back to an 18-point advantage at 58-40, which Sonoma State cut to 10 at 60-50. Fresno State then rattled off a 10-0 run for another 18-point edge at 68-50 and cruised to the closing buzzer.
Fresno State's Marvelle Harris added a career-high 20 points on 7-of-9 on his field goal attempts to headline a 55 percent shooting showing by the Bulldogs. Kevin Olekaibe scored 15 points, which marked his 48th double-digit game of his three-year Fresno State career.
Bulldogs' freshman center Robert Upshaw also gave a solid outing off the bench with nine points, eight rebounds, five blocks and a pair of assists.
Will Olsem led four players in double figures for Sonoma State (4-4) with 13 points. Patrick Scott added 12 points, and Steve Lackey and Emmanuel Bradford scored 10 apiece.
The win marked the 100th for the Bulldogs at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State (6-7) returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 9 in its MW debut when the Bulldogs host No. 17/16 San Diego State at 8:30 p.m. PT.
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