Bulldogs Slip Past Cowboys [VIDEO]
Marvelle Harris scored 23 points to lead the Fresno State Bulldogs past the Wyoming Cowboys, 64-59, Wednesday night in Laramie.
Turnovers and offensive rebounds were key areas that gave Fresno State an edge over the Pokes. Wyoming committed 14 turnovers, and the Bulldogs turned that into 17. Fresno State grabbed 12 offensive rebounds which led 15 second chance points.
Even Cowboys head coach Larry Shyatt admitted the Bulldogs out-played his team.
"I thought they played hard than us... They took balls away from us, 14 turnovers; key times in the game; and then offensive rebounding; guys going after the ball, tip after tip. Those two stats sort of remain and sort of a constant in me saying, we got whipped."
Even the Cowboys players knew they were out-played by Fresno State.
This marked only the second home loss this season for the Pokes.
Fresno State (13-15, 8-7) also received 13 points from Julien Lewis. They shot only 40.4 percent from the field, but also attempted 14 more field goals than UW. The Bulldogs protected the ball with only five turnovers and came up with eight steals.
Wyoming (21-7, 10-5) was led by Josh Adams with 22 points. Riley Grabau had 11. The Pokes finished at 46.5 percent from the floor.
Harris hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 2:53 left. That gave Fresno State a 55-54 lead. It also was the start of a key 7-0 run.
Adams hit a three for UW that cut it to 59-57. Larry Nance Jr. came up with a steal on the next possession. Charles Hankerson Jr. had a chance to tie it with 50 seconds left, but missed a pair of free throws.
The Bulldogs' Alex Davis followed a missed shot with a put-back dunk with 19 seconds left. It made it a two possession game. Three free throws in the final seven second sealed it for Fresno State.
The Cowboys will return to action Saturday at UNLV. Game time is at 6 p.m., Mountain Time from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.