Battered and bruised Fresno State escaped Laramie with a 79-75 victory over Wyoming. The win keeps Fresno State tied for 3rd place with Nevada at 8-5. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was their top dog, Marvelle Harris, who scored 25 points and dished out seven assists.
Most of the Wyoming's offense came from guard and three point specialist Jason Mcmanamen. The junior got hot early and never looked back, hitting a total of eight-three-pointers, totaling 28 points on the evening.
Fresno State took a 39-33 lead into halftime.
To start the second half, the Bulldogs had the hot hand from beyond the arc going three of four from three-point land, extending their lead to as much as 18 mid way through the second half (57-39). The Bulldogs shot an unbelievable 68.2 percent from beyond the arc, making 15-of-22.
Although the pesky Cowboys did not go away and fought back valiantly. After going a miserable 2-for-10 on long jump shots, Josh Adams took the ball to the basket and got his team right back in the game.
Wyoming would get the lead down to one point with 1:38 remaining in the game, but Fresno State responded with a 9-0 run immediately after to hold on.
Cullen Russo added 17 points while Jahmel Taylor chipped in 14 points off the bench for Fresno State.
Fatigue and injuries could have definitely played a factor in the almost collapse Fresno State allowed. Due to injury and illness only eight players dressed for the game, including key player Torren Jones. At the same time, the Bulldogs are one of the toughest teams to beat when they play their brand of basketball, just ask San Diego State.
Wyoming currently sits ninth in the conference and has a huge matchup Saturday with Colorado State, which could determine a lot of seeding for the bottom half teams going into the Conference Tournament. Wyoming will get their shot next week at home to try to pull the upset on San Diego State in front of their home crowd.