Fresno St. 73, Colorado St. 50

Greg Smith scored 18 points and Sylvester Seay added 17 to power

Fresno State to a 73-50 victory over cold-shooting Colorado State

on Monday night.

Mike Ladd had 12 points for Fresno State (7-7), including

4-for-5 from 3-point range.

Dorian Green scored 12 points for Colorado State (8-5). The Rams

couldn’t make a dent in a 23-point halftime deficit after shooting

17.9 percent in the first half.

The Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak heading into their

Western Athletic Conference opener Saturday night against Boise

State. The Rams dropped their second straight road game in

California after losing to UCLA on Dec. 22.

Fresno State, which shot 49 percent, led by as many as 34 points

following an 11-0 run early in the second half.

Smith had six points during the surge. The 6-foot-10 freshman

followed a baby hook with an emphatic dunk that put the Bulldogs

ahead 50-16 with 16:16 to go.

Colorado State, which scored just 13 points in the entire first

half, countered by scoring 14 straight points, slashing the deficit

to 50-30 with 13:05 left, before Ladd capped another 11-0 Bulldogs

surge with consecutive 3-pointers from opposite corners.

Green’s steal and layup with 2:44 left brought Colorado State to

within 68-50, but the Rams would get no closer than that.

Andy Ogide and Jesse Carr added eight points apiece for Colorado

State, which committed 21 turnovers against Fresno State’s zone


The Rams shot 52 percent in the second half and finished the

game at 34 percent.

Ladd’s corner 3-pointer with 2 seconds left before halftime –

that skimmed the backboard before going in – put Fresno State ahead


The Rams shot just 17.9 percent (5 of 28) in the first half

while committing 12 turnovers.

It was Fresno State’s second-most lopsided win of the season.

The Bulldogs beat San Diego 69-37 on Dec. 6.