Fresno State walled by last-placed Wyoming 85-62

(Photo: © Troy Babbitt, USA TODAY Sports)

Coming off of Fresno State’s most lopsided home loss of the season, the Bulldogs traveled to face last-play Mountain West program Wyoming and were handed their worst loss of the year. Fresno State fell 85-62 to the Cowboys.

Wyoming jumped out to a massive lead early by making 10 of their first 16 attempts from a 3-point range. The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 25 points and then came no closer than 14 the rest of the way.

The game started slow with Wyoming holding a 10-6 lead after seven minutes of action. Then came a barrage of Cowboy 3-pointers. Hunter Thompson made back-to-back 3-pointers with a Bulldog turnover in between to push Wyoming’s advantage to 10 points. When the Bulldogs closed within 19-10, Ethan Anderson answered with a 3-pointer and then Nate Barnhart made back-to-back 3’s with a block in between. The run continued with two Cowboys layups for 13 unanswered points and a commanding 32-10 lead with six minutes left in the half.

Fresno State managed to score 15 points in about a four-minute stretch, but Wyoming’s 10th 3-pointer by Jeremiah Oden sent the Cowboys into halftime with a 47-25 lead.

The Cowboys came out of the break with back-to-back layups and the Bulldogs went scoreless for three minutes as Wyoming led 50-25. Fresno State clawed within a score of 71-57 with less than five minutes to go, but Wyoming outscored the ‘Dogs 14-5 to close out the game. Fresno State was assessed two technical fouls in the final two minutes as the contest turned chippy.

Wyoming only made three of their final 12 attempts from 3-point range but still finished with a 46 percent clip from deep and were 51 percent overall from the field. Four different Cowboys scored in double figures – Thompson had 18 points and 8 rebounds while Oden had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs shot just 38 percent overall and 28 percent from 3-point range. Isaiah Hill led the effort with 11 points and 7 assists. Jemarl Baker and Isaih Moore both finished with 10 points. Anthony Holland was limited to seven minutes after facing dizziness and trouble breathing in the first half.

The loss dropped Fresno State to 7-14 overall and 3-7 in Mountain West play, currently in 9th place. Wyoming improved to 7-14 and 2-7 and are now in 10th place.

Fresno State remains on the road but will come closer to home to finish the week. The Bulldogs will tip-off at UNLV on Friday at 8 pm PT with an FS1 national television broadcast. The next home game is Feb. 7 vs San Jose State at 7 pm PT.

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