Closing First-Half Run Fuels No. 25 UNM Past 'Dogs

Jan. 12, 2013

By Stephen Trembley

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. --- Without two key starters, the Fresno State men's basketball team suffered a 72-45 loss to the defending Mountain West tournament champion and 25th-ranked New Mexico in the Pit on Saturday afternoon.

Freshmen Marvelle Harris and Robert Upshaw led Fresno State's effort, but the Bulldogs' defense couldn't contain a Lobo squad that mixed a steady dose of pounding the paint and mid-range jumpers to register its 15th win of the season.

Harris posted his sixth career double-digit scoring effort and the third in his past four games and Upshaw registered his fourth game with at least three blocks.

After the 'Dogs cut their first-half deficit to three at 23-20 when Allen Huddleston converted a lay-up, the Lobos rattled off a 16-2 run into the break at halftime.

In the first half alone, New Mexico shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the field compared to just 34.8 percent (8-of-23) by Fresno State. UNM's Cameron Bairstow scored 15 first-half points - making all six of his field goal and all three of his free throws in the first 20 minutes.

Fresno State returns home to the Save Mart Center for a two-game homestand when the Bulldogs host Wyoming on Wednesday and Nevada on Saturday. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. PT and the 1,500,000th fan in the Bulldogs' SMC history will enter the arena at some point during the week.

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Post Game Notes: Fresno State at No. 25 New Mexico
• Freshman Marvelle Harris posted his sixth game this season and third in the past four contests with 10 or more points.
• Freshman Robert Upshaw registered his fourth game with at least three blocks.
• Senior Garrett Johnson played in his 100th career game at Fresno State.
• Tyler Johnson (ankle) and Kevin Foster (death of grandfather) were both not available for the game. Johnson had started 36 straight games and Foster had started 22 of the last 46 games. For Wednesday's home versus Wyoming, Johnson is listed as questionable and Foster is expected to be available.