Fresno St. 74, Vanguard 42

Bennie Rhodes scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as

Fresno State won its home opener by defeating Vanguard 74-42 on

Wednesday night.

Garrett Johnson scored 11 points and Tyler Johnson 10 for the

Bulldogs (1-1), who enjoyed a 33-0 edge in fast-break points.

Cameron Nettles led Vanguard (1-1) with 10 points, while Alex

Chapman collected 12 rebounds for the NAIA school.

Rhodes skied for an offensive rebound and putback just before

the halftime buzzer to put Fresno State ahead 34-22. It was the

Bulldogs’ biggest lead to that point.

Fresno State shot 55.2 percent (32 of 58), compared to

Vanguard’s 25 percent (16 of 64).

Greg Smith and Ned Golubovic were the only players in Fresno

State coach Steve Cleveland’s nine-man rotation who saw regular

minutes last season. The two big men combined for just six

points.