Bulldogs Set Tone Early in First MW Win

Jan. 16, 2013

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By Andrew Rich & Stephen Trembley

FRESNO, Calif. --- In what was billed as a defensive showdown between two of the top defensive teams in the Mountain West, the Fresno State men's basketball team lived up to their end of the bargain in shutting down Wyoming 49-36 Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center.

The Bulldogs, who entered the contest third in scoring defense in the conference at 60.9 points per game, limited the Cowboys to 16 first-half points. They also held Wyoming's leading scorer, Leonard Washington, to six points. He had been averaging 14.9 coming in to the contest.

After falling victim to a big run Saturday at New Mexico, Fresno State used a run of their own to help give the Cowboys just their second loss on the season. Trailing 11-5 at the 14:13 mark of the first half, the `Dogs went on a 21-5 run to take a 26-16 lead into the half.

The run extended to 36-10 at the 8:59 mark of the second half that gave Fresno State its largest lead of the night at 41-21.

The return of Tyler Johnson was a welcome sight to Bulldog fans. The junior scored a team-high 18 points in his first game since injuring his ankle last week against San Diego State.

As a team, the 'Dogs shot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the field, including a 64.7 percent clip in the first half alone. The Bulldogs' defense held Wyoming to a season-low 24 percent (12-of-50) on field goal attempts - more than 10 percent lower than its preview low back on Nov. 10 against Western State.

Fresno State (7-9, 1-2 MW) hosts Nevada (9-7, 0-2 MW) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. PT.

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