The Fresno State Bulldogs defeated the Cal Poly Mustangs 73-59 on Saturday.
After 23 minutes of play, the Bulldogs and Mustangs were separated by only four points. Fresno State could do no wrong in the final 17 minutes, however. A 34-30 lead ballooned into a 16-point margin as the Bulldogs made seven consecutive field goals. Terrell Carter led the stretch with six points.
The first miss in eight shots for Fresno State only led way to the Bulldogs’ knockout blow. Fresno State’s next three possessions resulted in nine points, coming off of back-to-back three-pointers by Sam Bittner and a third consecutive 3-pointer by Jahmel Taylor.
Fresno State’s lead of four grew to 26 in just eight minutes.
Taylor’s 3-pointer was just one of five on the night. He made all six of his field goal attempts and led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Jaron Hopkins scored 10 points with eight assists. Paul Watson, Cullen Russo and Terrell Carter all finished in double digits.
Taylor’s hot shooting night also led a 10-of-19 effort from 3-point range for the Bulldogs. Cal Poly made five of its first nine from 3-point range, but finished just 8 of 22. Fresno State shot 58 percent from the field overall.
The Bulldogs also outrebounded Cal Poly 36 to 23.
Fresno State improves to 6-3 and they return home to play Holy Names on Wednesday at 7 p.m.