Lobos, last unbeaten team, fall to Fresno State
FRESNO, Calif.– Isaih Moore scored 16 points and Fresno State beat the last unbeaten group in males’s Division I basketball in No. 21 New Mexico, topping the Lobos 71-67 on Tuesday night.Isaiah Hill included 14 points, making 3 free throws in the final seconds to wrap up the success for the Bulldogs (6-8, 2-1 Mountain West).”It’s absolutely a physical battle tonight,”Hill stated.”It boiled down to some totally free throws, and we had to make them.”Jemarl Baker added 13 points and five helps, and 6-foot-11 Eduardo Andre, averaging just over four points a game, scored a career-high 12 points and had eight rebounds.”This group has been working actually hard, and they
persevere, and that’s what it’s about, right?”Fresno State coach Justin Hutson said.”To continue to persevere, stick through the great times and hard times. We have actually had some defeats that we didn’t like.”After remaining for over 9 minutes of the 2nd half with 4 fouls, Andre returned with 20 seconds left and the Bulldogs leading 70-67. He obstructed a layup by Jamal Mashburn Jr. and grabbed the rebound, leading to Hill’s last free tosses. “I informed the group we have to keep it in perspective, “Lobos coach Richard Pitino stated.” We are 14-1.
It’s been an astounding go to go two months without a loss. It is difficult to win on the road, especially in conference. We will try not to get too psychological about this, but simply get back house and learn from it. “Mashburn completed with 22 points for New Mexico (14-1, 2-1 ). Morris Udeze added 18, and Jaelen House had 15.” It type of went the other method
than a few of those close games that we won at the end, “Pitino said. “They made one or more plays more than us, one
or 2 more totally free tosses than us. The game went the method I thought it would go. They decreased the rate. “There were 19 lead changes and 13 ties in a game in which neither group led by more than eight. Moore made the consent basket with 1:30 to go after Josiah Allick had given the Lobos their final lead on two totally free throws. The Lobos didn’t have a field goal over the last 4:30. Fresno State led 36-32 at halftime however the Lobos rapidly overtook the Bulldogs in the opening minutes of the 2nd half. The Bulldogs gained back the
lead with eight minutes left, and the game went back and forth from there.The Lobos was available in as the last staying unbeaten Department I team after No. 1 Purdue’s loss to Rutgers on Monday. The 14-0 start was their finest since a school-record 17-0 in 1967-68.
Fresno State snapped a 28-game losing streak to teams in The Associated Press Top 25, the last victory coming by No. 14 Oklahoma State on Feb. 10, 2002. The Bulldogs have actually won the previous 7 conferences with the Lobos and
8 straight on their house court.