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Fresno State vs. Siena Recap: Offense Erupts as 'Dogs Win Game 2 of CBI Final

A virtuoso offensive outburst in the first half was more than enough for the Bulldogs to weather a late Siena rally and force a decisive game for the CBI title.

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The Siena Saints could not stop Tyler Johnson and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Wednesday evening, and they hardly had a chance to contain them, as well.

Johnson had 14 of his 19 points in the first half and was one of five Bulldogs who scored in double digits in Fresno's 89-75 victory in Game 2 of the College Basketball Invitational finals. Allen Huddleston led the 'Dogs with 20 off the bench, but the win was really predicated on a dramatic turnaround from Monday's effort. Two days after shooting just over 60% on free throws, the team converted 35 of 43 opportunities even as the Saints made 75% of their own attempts. In addition, the Bulldogs also reversed their rebounding deficit from Game 1, winning 28-18 on the glass.  Of course, when an offense converts at a 63.9% clip as the Bulldogs did, that explains the lack of opportunity for the opposition.

Saints forward Brett Bisping was largely kept in check despite leading the Saints with 20 points, because 17 came after the Bulldogs had built a 26-point lead in the second half. Leading scorer Rob Poole had a night to forget, with just seven points.

The decisive Game Three between Fresno State (21-17) and Siena (19-18) will be held on Saturday morning at 8:30 PST, and it can be seen on the CBS Sports Network.