The Fresno State Bulldogs team composed mostly of underclassmen took on a veteran Boise State squad on the road Saturday night. The undersized Bulldogs were at a bigger disadvantage without starting center Alex Davis in the lineup for the team’s first Mountain West game away from home.
The game opened with just two total points in the first four minutes, but the floodgates soon opened when the two teams started raining 3-pointers. Few teams win a scoring contest against Boise State, however. The Broncos’ top-25 offense never slowed in the first half while the Bulldogs came to a screeching halt.
The Broncos’ used their perimeter scoring and center Ryan Watkins’ dominance on the boards to string together first half runs of 20-0 and 11-0. At halftime the Bulldogs faced a 21 point deficit.
The Bulldogs looked defeated in the first half but they didn’t quit until the final buzzer. The Bulldogs trailed by 21 with under 10 minutes remaining, but were able to cut the lead to as few as 6 points in the final minute.
Tyler Johnson led the Bulldogs’ efforts with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Marvelle Harris added 19 points and Cezar Guerrero had 16.
Without Davis in the lineup, the Bulldogs were significantly outrebounded by a Broncos team that’s not known for crashing the glass. Ryan Watkins led Boise State with 15 points and 17 rebounds as the Broncos outrebounded the Bulldogs 42-26.
Fresno State next hosts Air Force(2-0) on Wednesday at 7:00pm PT.