FRESNO, Calif. --- With a chance to move into third place in the Mountain West, the Fresno State men's basketball team fell into last place instead after losing 68-61 to Nevada, despite another strong night from junior Tyler Johnson.
Johnson poured in a team-high 16, including a career-high tying four three-pointers. It was the third time in his last five games that Johnson has made four triples.
The back-and-forth game featured eight ties and 14 lead changes. The final tie came with 4:22 to play when Kevin Foster scored on an offensive rebound and put back. After the
Fresno State basket to tie, Nevada went on a 7-0 run over the next three minutes to pull away.
Early on it appeared as if the Bulldogs, the second-ranked defensive team in the conference, were in for another low-scoring, defensive battle. But, leading 27-22, Nevada found their touch and used a 6-0 run over the final 3:47 of the first half to pull ahead 28-27 going into the half.
The free throw line proved to be the 'Dogs demise in the second half. The Wolf Pack were 18-23 from the line in the second half compared to 6-12 by Fresno State. Nevada finished the game 30-37 at the stripe, mainly thanks to the shooting of Deonte Burton (12-15) and Malik Story (11-12). The Bulldogs finished 12-21 for the game.
Despite the cold night at the free-throw line, the opposite could be said for the Fresno State three-point shooting. A game after not making any three-points, the first time that had happened since a 1995 game against Princeton, the Bulldogs were 9 for 21. Johnson's four led the way and Kevin Olekaibe and Kevin Foster each made two.
Foster finished with 15 points and seven rebounds and Olekaibe was the other `Dog in double figures with 10.
The loss marked the fifth straight by Fresno State (7-10, 1-3 Mountain West) to Nevada (10-7, 1-2 MW). The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday at Boise State.
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Fresno, Calif. - Fresno Pacific scored more than 100 points for the second straight contest, controlling the game from start to finish in a 105-91 PacWest conference win over visiting Chaminade (7-8, 4-3 PacWest). Six players scored in double figures for the Sunbirds (10-6, 5-3 PacWest), who improved to 8-0 at home this season.
Malcolm Griffin led the way with a game-high 25 points to go with seven assists and six rebounds. Antonio Credit added 21 points (9-of-10 shooting) and 10 rebounds, while John Taylor finished with 19 points and six assists. FPU shot 55 percent from the field, 46 percent from three-point range, turned the ball over just eight times, and didn't allow the Silverswords to get any closer than a 13-point deficit in the second half.
Kevin Hu came off the bench to lead Chaminade with 22 points. Bennie Murray added 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Courtesy: FPU Athletics