Bulldogs win The Basketball Classic Championships

Leo Colimerio and Destin Whitaker celebrate in the semi-final game against Southern Utah on March 28, 2022 at Save Mart Center. (Melina Kazanjian/The Collegian)

The Fresno State men’s basketball team defeated the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the championship game of the ERACISM Basketball Classic tournament on Friday. 

The Bulldogs took the 85-74 win in their last game of the season on the East Coast. 

This is the second national postseason tournament championship Fresno State has won since the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 1983. The championship game is also the third for the Bulldogs’ postseason appearance in its Division I era since 1971. 

The four top scorers, Orlando Robinson, Destin Whitaker, Jordan Campbell and Leo Colimerio, all scored in double digits and led the ‘Dogs to victory. Robinson scored 20 points, Whitaker followed with 18, Campbell with 13; and Colimerio also with 13. 

Robinson joined the 1,400-point club after their win on Friday, in what was possibly his last game with Fresno State. 

Fresno State started off the game with a 13-1 lead over Coastal Carolina and continued on to lead by 44-24 late in the first half. 

In the postseason finale, Fresno State held a large point advantage over the Chanticleers, as much as 24 points, to secure its win on the other side of the country. 

Whitaker tied a school record by going 6-for-6 from behind the  3-point line during the game, the fourth time a Bulldog had a perfect 3-point percentage with six makes since 2013. 

The Bulldogs shot 53% from the field and 60% from the 3-point line. The Bulldogs’ defense had six blocks, five steals and out rebounded the Chanticleers 27-23 on the defensive glass. 

The Bulldogs 85 points for the Basketball Classic championship game was their highest score for their overall season. 

Robinson was named the Basketball Classic’s MVP, and also received All-Tournament Team honors with Whitaker, Colimerio and Isaiah Hill. 

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