The Cal Poly Mustangs host the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday night in non-conference college basketball action. Both of these teams have gotten off to bump starts this season. Cal-Poly is 2-7 on the young season, as is Fresno State. Fresno State has won the last 3 meetings between these two, including a 75-64 win last year. But Cal-Poly was a heavy underdog and covered. Tipoff is Saturday at 10:00 p.m. ET at Mott Gym in San Luis Obispo, California.
Fresno State can't execute down the stretchThe Fresno State Bulldogs, who play in the Mountain West Conference, are off to a 2-7 start overall and 0-2 in the conference. But they are not as bad as the record might indicate. In the conference, they lost to 7-4 UNLV by one point, 81-80, and they lost to 25th ranked Utah State 77-70 in overtime. Outside of the conference, two of their losses came at Pac-12 schools, Oregon and Cal-Berkeley. So while they haven't been very successful, they have played well against some good teams.
Against Cal, they almost pulled it off but lost 69-63. Guard New Williams led the Bulldogs with 21 points on 5 three-pointers. He also had 5 rebounds. Mark Lawrence had 16 points off the bench while Nate Grimes had 7 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Orlando Robinson added seven points with six rebounds. The Bulldogs outrebounded the Golden Bears 38-28.
Fresno State's New Williams had a team-high 21 points for his 2nd straight game with 20+ points as the Bulldogs came up short at Cal tonight.#GoDogs | #ValleyTough | #PrideOfTheValley | #AtThePeak https://t.co/fLjir9eokW— Fresno State Men’s Basketball (@FresnoStateMBB) December 12, 2019
"We just have to be better in those situations. Winning time, we have to buckle down and be solid. We played how we were supposed to play the majority of the game so in a time like that we just have to be solid and continue to be poised," said Williams, reported the Fresno State web site.
Cal-Poly gets second winThe Cal Poly Mustangs have stumbled out of the gates in 2019-20 with a record of 2-7. They snapped a 5 game losing streak last Saturday with a 70-66 win over Siena. Guard Junior Ballard led the Cal Poly attack with 15 points as the Mustangs scored a thrilling come-from-behind win. They had trailed by 11 points in the second half but came back to win. But a 17-6 run brought the Mustangs back to 45-45. The game remained close the rest of the way, but two free throws by Malik Harwell with three second left sealed it.