The Fresno State Bulldogs, coming off a 19 point loss at Colorado State, faced the tall task of playing at No 10 San Diego State on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs trailed 9-2 after five minutes of action, but were able to flip the switch and get their offense into the game. Fresno State used a barrage of 3-pointers to take a first half lead against the 10th ranked team in the nation. Tyler Johnson made three 3-pointers in a stretch of over two minutes and Allen Huddleston added one of his own shortly after. One last 3-pointer before the half from Marvelle Harris gave the Bulldogs a 32-31 halftime lead and put them in position for a possible upset.
The two teams traded leads until San Diego State took control for good with just over 10 minutes remaining. The Aztecs used a 12-2 run to take the lead and start to pull away from the Bulldogs. Fresno State quickly found themselves down by eight points and didn’t have the offensive firepower to recover.
Tyler Johnson continued his impressive scoring stretch on Wednesday. The senior carried the young team in a hostile environment with a double-double, logging 11 rebounds and scoring 24 of the team’s 60 points. It was the fourth straight game Johnson topped 20 points.
San Diego State was led by a hot shooting night from point guard Xavier Thames. Thames scored 28 points on an 8 of 13 shooting clip from the field and made 9 of 11 from the free throw line. The Aztecs took 41 free throw attempts in all but converted on just 63 percent.
Fresno State falls to 8-10 on the season and 1-4 in conference play. The Bulldogs next host the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday at 4:00pm PT.