Fresno State Falls to Siena in Game 3 of CBI Championship

Courtesy Fresno State Sports Information

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - For the Fresno State men's basketball team, it was a tough way for the season to end, but the Bulldogs' resolve to battle back despite facing a big deficit is something that the team can build on heading into the 2014-15 season.

On Saturday, Siena fed off the energy from its partisan crowd and outlasted the 'Dogs 81-68 in the decisive Game 3 of the College Basketball Invitational championship series Saturday.

Tournament MVP Brett Bisping had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Rob Poole added 23 points to pace Siena (20-18).

Fresno State (21-18) completed its longest season in school history as one of the final six teams in the country playing on Saturday.

Tyler Johnson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who were 4 of 22 from the field in the first half and trailed 39-22 at the break. Siena built a 22-point lead five minutes into the second half.

Fresno State also got 17 points from Cezar Guerrero but shot a season-low 30 percent and was outrebounded 46-34.

With Siena's regular downtown arena already booked, the CBI marked Siena's first games in its intimate campus gym since the 1996-97 season. That didn't mean much in Game 2, when Fresno State shot 64 percent from floor - including 16 of 21 in the first half - and breezed to an 89-75 win.

Fresno State finished the season having won 13 of its last 18 games.