Junior G Daniel Bejarano
Feb. 16, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. – The Colorado State men’s basketball team dropped a road decision at Fresno State on Saturday evening, falling 75-66, after a 4-minute scoring drought late in the first half allowed the Bulldogs to break open a one-point game and take a double-digit advantage.
The Rams (14-12, 5-8 MW) tied the contest on a three-pointer by freshman guard David Cohn that knotted the game, 22-22, at the 5:38 mark of the first, but the Bulldogs (13-13, 6-7 MW) answered with a pair of quick buckets, an offensive rebound and bucket by Alex Davis, and a layup by Allen Huddleston off of a Daniel Bejarano turnover. Following a three-pointer by Avila, the Rams’ sixth of the half, CSU pulled within one, 26-25 with 4:19 to play, before Fresno State scored the final 12 point of the stanza to take a 38-25 lead at the break.
The Rams committed five of their 11 first-half turnovers in that 4-minute stretch, and the Bulldogs took advantage scoring eight points off those miscues as part of their 12-0 run. CSU finished with 13 turnovers in the contest, contributing to Fresno State’s 20-10 edge in points off turnovers for the game.
But with CSU committing just two turnovers in the second half, and the Rams’ holding a 36-30 rebounding edge, the team continued to chip away at the Fresno State’s lead, as Bejarano and Jon Octeus each tallied 13 points in the second half.
Bejarano finished with a game-high 24 points, to go along with six rebounds and three assists, while Octeus tallied 14 points and a game-high nine boards. J.J. Avila contributed to the Ram’s rebounding edge with seven boards, but was held to just eight points on 2-for-8 shooting.
The Rams clawed to within two possessions with 1:13 to play, after Bejarano knocked down a pair of free-throws to cut the Fresno State deficit to 70-64. But the Rams were unable to draw any closer, as the Bulldogs connected on 5-of-6 free-throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the victory.
Senior guard Tyler Johnson carried the offensive load for the Bulldogs during the Rams’ second-half comeback effort, going for 17 of his 18 points after intermission. Marvelle Harris (16 points), Davis (14), Cezar Guerrero (11) and Huddleston (11) also finished in double-figures scoring.
The Rams return to the court Tuesday, hosting the Boise State Broncos. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. MT and the game will be available via an exclusive stream at ESPN3.com.
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