Montana State Sports Information Release
Fresno, CA — Fresno State scored on nine of its first 10 possessions of the second half to take control on its way to an 80-67 win over Montana State on Sunday.
The Bulldogs used defensive intensity in the second half, forcing five turnovers in the first five minutes of the second half. That allowed Fresno State (4-2) to extend a two-point halftime lead to a 54-38 advantage.
The Bobcats couldn’t recover from the second half-opening salvo. “They just pinned their ears back and came at us,” Bobcat coach Brian Fish said. “We need to do a better job of guarding the ball. There were some guys we wanted to be physical with and put on the line, and credit to them they made their free throws.”
The Bulldogs finished the game 28-for-35 from the line, including 25-for-28 in the second half. Those 25 points from the line matched Montana State’s point total for the second stanza.
The first half was one of runs. Fresno State scored the first six points, Montana State answered with seven straight, and the remainder of the half played out in similar fashion. The Bulldogs defended Tyler Hall effectively, holding one of the nation’s leading scorers without a point at the intermission, but Joe Mvuezolo (10 points at the half) and Zach Green (eight) kept the Cats in the game. MSU shot 14 free throws in the first half, twice as many as FSU, but in building the 37-35 lead the Bulldogs scored 28 points in the paint.
The Bobcats head home after nearly two weeks on the road Sunday night, and host Bethesda University of California on Wednesday. MSU is now 4-3 on the season, while Fresno State raises its record to 4-2.