Bulldogs close season play in quarterfinal of MW Tournament

Fresno State guard Jordan Campbell maneuvers against Nevada on Feb. 5, 2022 at Save Mart Center. (Wyatt Bible/ The Collegian)

Fresno State men’s basketball was knocked out of the Mountain West (MW) Tournament with a 53-46 loss to San Diego state last weekend, but its season isn’t over yet. 

The ‘Dogs have accepted an invitation to play in The Basketball Classic. The Basketball Classic is presented by ERACISM, which will match them up against Eastern Washington this Thursday at Save Mart Center. 

The Bulldogs entered the MW tournament with an 18-12 overall record. After weeks of conference play, they were the No. 6 seed, with a first-round game against No. 11 seed San Jose State on Wednesday, March 9. 

Fresno State was second in the MW, ranking third in the nation in scoring defense and leading the MW in rebounding defense.

Through games played on March 6, Fresno State ranked 42nd in field goal percentage defense and limited its opponents to fewer than 70 points in 28 of its 30 games during the regular season.

Just before the tournament, Orlando Robinson and Anthony Holland  earned All-MW recognition in the 2022 MW Media Poll. Robinson and Holland helped the Bulldogs earn a spot in the top six of the MW tournament. 

Robinson received second-most votes in the All-MW voting, and two of the 11 votes were for Defensive Player of the Year. 

The conference announced Robinson would be named to the 2021-22 All-MW first team and defensive team. Throughout this season, Robinson averaged 19.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. 

He is the third Bulldog to earn postseason All-MW first honors, and the fourth Bulldog selected to the MW’s Defensive Team since Fresno State joined the conference in 2012.

The ‘Dogs won their first round of the tournament against San Jose State in overtime 69-67. The leading scorer of the first game was Robinson with his season’s second record high of 31 points. 

Highlights of the game included Jordan Campbell’s game-winning smooth floater with less than one second left in overtime. The Bulldogs’ win over the Spartans advanced them to the quarterfinal round against San Diego State. 

The Bulldogs’ 53-46 loss to No. 3 seed San Diego State knocked them out of the MW Tournament. This game featured two of the best defensive teams in the nation, and neither team led by more than eight points. 

Robinson led the game with 25 points and 11 rebounds for his 26th career double-double, 10-of-20 shooting. He went 3-3 from beyond the arc in the game against the Aztecs. 

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