Colorado State continued their recent hot streak, winning their 5th straight game, while Fresno State continued trying to get experienced and healthy as they fell again on the road in Ft. Collins. Nate Grimes led the way with 23 points, but it was not enough to overcome the offense of the Rams, as they pulled away for an 86-68 win. New Williams and Noah Blackwell both got into double digits, but that was really it for Bulldog scoring on Wednesday night. They did lead for a brief portion of the 1st half, but David Roddy ran the show for Colorado State, scoring 26 points. Isiah Stevens was right behind him with 21, and the usually hot Nico Carvacho had a definite off-night with only 3 points. Yes, this is an extremely young and banged up Fresno State team, but the turnaround from Year 1 to Year 2 under Coach Hutson has been incredibly stark.
On this day last season, the Bulldogs were standing at 14-4, and 5-1 in the conference. They’re not sitting at 6-13, with a 2-6 mark in the league. There’s definitely flashes of what’s to come in the future for Fresno State, as Orlando Robinson has been a budding star, but the flashes so far have been few and far between. Getting to double digit wins this season will require a couple of upsets as we go down the stretch. Luckily, there are still games against SJSU and Wyoming on the docket, which should be wins, but nothing can be taken for granted this year. This is very much a year to build for the future, but hopefully they can end the year strong with a few more wins.
Next up, Colorado State will travel to Utah State with a chance to stay in the Top 3 of the conference, while the Bulldogs will return home to take on the Broncos of Boise State. Stay tuned to MW Connection for all of your conference news and updates.