Kevin Olekaibe scored 24 points, including a 3-pointer with 26.1 seconds remaining to give Fresno State the lead for good in a 54-52 victory over Southern Methodist Tuesday night.
The teams met in a consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Jonathan Wills and Ryan Manuel each hit a pair of free throws in the final 13 seconds to clinch it for the Bulldogs (2-1), who overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half.
Cannen Cunningham, in his first career start, scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Mustangs (1-2). Robert Nyakundi added 14 points and London Giles had 11.
Olekaibe led Fresno State with 24 points. Kevin Foster had 10.
SMU recovered from an early 10-point deficit to take a 22-21 halftime edge.