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Fresno State upsets San Diego State on the road, gets closer to Mountain West Tourney bye

The Fresno State Bulldogs defeated the San Diego Aztecs 63-55 on Wednesday night. The upset victory gives the 'Dogs a big swing in the Mountain West standings, lifting them ahead of SDSU and into fourth place. With two games left, see how the Bulldogs can hold on to a top-five MW finish and get a bye in the conference tournament.

Fresno State had only one conference road win on the season as they traveled to one of the most hostile environments in the Mountain West, San Diego State - However, the Bulldogs managed to steal a 63-55 win at Viejas Arena.

The Bulldogs had not earned a win at SDSU since 1999 (though they have not played annually since reuniting the Mountain West). Freshman Bryson Williams, who was just a toddler in 1999, led the ‘Dogs with 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting and 6 rebounds. Deshon Taylor and Jahmel Taylor added 15 and 11 points respectively.

The Bulldogs made 43 percent of their shots from the field and outrebounded SDSU 37-27. They also held the Aztecs to 35 percent from the field. Only five SDSU players contributed to their 55 points. It was their second lowest point total of the season, behind a 49-point outing at now No. 1 Gonzaga.

A look ahead to Mountain West seedings

The unexpected victory goes a long way in Fresno State’s hopes to win the Mountain West Conference Tournament for a second straight time and go back to the big dance.

The conference’s top five seeds get automatic byes into the quarterfinals of the tournament. The bottom six teams face off in the first round. The Bulldogs’ win on Wednesday certainly helped their cause.

Team

Conference Record

Games Back

T-1) Nevada

11-4

-

T-1) Colorado State

11-4

-

3) Boise State

10-5

1

T-4) Fresno State

9-7

2.5

T-4) New Mexico

9-7

2.5

6) San Diego State

8-7

3

7) San Jose State

7-8

4

8) Wyoming

6-9

5

9) Utah State

6-10

5.5

10) Air Force

4-11

7

11) UNLV

3-12

8

Fresno State and New Mexico are now tied in the standings and would currently be the No. 4 and No. 5 teams in the tournament respectively if it were to start today. San Diego State sits just .5 games behind after failing to defeat the Bulldogs. Had the 8.5-point favorites won, Fresno State would have faced an uphill battle to catch up with only two games to go.

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Fresno State’s last two contests are at Boise State (third in the standings) and at home against UNLV (last). If the Bulldogs were to win both, they would finish no worse than fifth place in the conference and earn a first-round bye.

Fresno State has faulted only once at home in conference play. A win over the Rebels alone would give the ‘Dogs at least 10 conference wins.

For New Mexico to match 10 wins, they would have to win either at Wyoming or at San Diego State. For San Diego State to match, they would have to win two out of three games - at Colorado State, versus Air Force and at New Mexico.

The scrum for the top-five seeds also includes San Jose State, but the Spartans were upset by Utah State Wednesday, dropping them to 7-8 in conference play. The Spartans would need to win at Boise State, vs Nevada and at Wyoming to get to 10 wins.

In other head-to-head series between the four teams fighting for the two byes - San Jose State won its lone game over New Mexico and New Mexico won the first of two meetings versus San Diego State. Other series were split 1-1.

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When it comes to tiebreakers, the Bulldogs have split the series with all three teams that they could potentially be tied with. The next two-way tiebreaker is to compare the two teams’ records against the conference champion, then second place, and so on.

Fresno State is the only team with a 2-0 record over Nevada. New Mexico also has a sweep over Boise State (the Bulldogs have the opportunity to do so as well on Tuesday). Fresno State and New Mexico are the only teams outside of the top three with a win over Colorado State to date.

The Bulldogs play at Boise State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT on CBSSN and close the regular season versus UNLV on March 4 at 4 p.m.


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