The Fresno State Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-4 lead, but made just one shot over the next 10 minutes of play. Colorado State went on a 25-4 run and went into halftime with a double digit lead.
The Bulldogs got back within five points midway through the second half, but another brutal scoring drought was on the horizon. Paul Watson’s 3-pointer with 8:30 remaining was the team’s last made field goal as the Rams outscored the Bulldogs 14-1 to close out a double digit win.
Just as in their losses to UNLV and Boise State, the young Bulldogs’ team competed in spurts, but had their offense disappear for long stretches and gave up big runs.
Tyler Johnson led the Bulldogs for the third straight game, this time with 21 points. Paul Watson added 12 points while Cezar Guerrero had 11 as the only other Bulldogs in double figures. The rest of the team made just 2 of 20 attempts from the field.
The Bulldogs shot only 34% overall while Colorado State shot 48% from the field and made 52% of their 3-pointers. Forward J.J. Avila grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Rams to a 43-27 advantage on the boards.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 1-3 in conference play and 8-9 on the season. Fresno State next plays at the 13th ranked San Diego State Aztecs on Wednesday at 7:00pm PT.