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Fresno State vs. Nevada final score: Wolf Pack come up short in Loss to Bulldogs, 77-76

Did Fresno State just end Nevada’s at-large chances?

NCAA Basketball: Nevada at Fresno State Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

In the last five seconds of the game, Marcus Marshall had the ball and missed a highly contested three pointer that gave the Fresno State Bulldogs their first win in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs snapped Nevada’s seven-game winning streak and handing them their first lost in the Mountain West.

In the first half of the game, the Wolf Pack and Bulldogs were both shooting a low 43 percent and were struggling to get their shots to go in. The Wolf Pack had a hard time scoring in the paint and only had 14 points, while the Bulldogs had 24 points.

The defense for both teams were very aggressive and consistent in the first half. The score of the game in the first was 33-32 Bulldogs with the lead.

The game ended in a bulldog of a fight between both teams in the last minute of the game. For Fresno State, Jaron Hopkins got a slam dunk with 35 seconds left and the two free throws by Paul Watson brought the lead up to 77-73.

Marshall made a three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left to make the score 77-76 Bulldogs leading. Cullen Russo missed both of his free throws with 5.6 seconds left for the Wolf Pack take one more shot and Marshall missed a deep three point shot. The Bulldogs won a close game and seated the Wolf Pack by a final score of 77-76.

The leading scorers for the Wolf Pack were Marcus Marshall and D.J. Fenner. Marshall ended with 26 points, three rebounds, and one assist. Fenner ended with 18 points, four assists, and one rebound. For the Bulldogs, the three leading scores were Paul Watson, Jaron Hopkins, and Jahmel Taylor. Watson had 14 points and three rebounds. Hopkins had 14 points, 4 assists, and seven rebounds. Lastly, Taylor had 14 points, one assist, and two rebounds.

The next game for the Wolf Pack is against San Diego State at Lawlor Events Center on Jan. 4.