Fresno State guard Emmanuel Owootoah (right) stares down San Jose State guard Danny Mahoney during the ‘Dogs’ victory over the Spartans Wednesday at the Save Mart Center. (Darlene Wendels/The Collegian)
For the first time this season, five Bulldogs scored in double figures, as the men’s basketball team topped the San Jose State Spartans 81-63 Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center.
The season sweep also helped the ‘Dogs snap a two-game losing streak
“We’ve been at our best when we’ve had a number of guys in double figures,” Terry said. “It’s important to have a balance when it comes to scoring. You can’t just win a game by thinking you’re going to have one guy carry you.”
Fresno State was able to get several double-digit leads but was never completely able to pull away in the first half. Fueled by a 3-point shot from guard Isaac Thornton, the Spartans went on a 5-0 run in the final two minutes to get within six at halftime.
Within the first three minutes of the second period, the ‘Dogs’ lead was cut to two. But they responded using a key pair of threes from Darnell Taylor and Emmanuel Owootoah to get their lead back up to double digits.
The ‘Dogs led the remainder of the game, increasing their lead to as much as 22.
Cezar Guerrero led the team with 14 points in his first start of the year, forward Karachi Edo was responsible for 12, Julien Lewis and Marvelle Harris contributed 11 apeice, and Paul Watson added 10.
Rashad Muhammad had a team-best 16 points for the Spartans, and Isaac Thornton had 14.
At 6-4, the Bulldogs are now in a fourth-place tie with Utah State in the conference standings. Fresno State will visit UNLV on Tuesday.