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.