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Fresno State’s Win Over UC-Riverside Falls Under the “Ugly” Category

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

First to 40 points wins?

Well, in that case we still don’t have a winner.

That’s right, both Fresno State and UC-Riverside failed to eclipse 40 points on Wednesday night, as the Bulldogs pulled out an ugly victory by a final score of 39-30.

Yes, 39-30 was the final, not the score at the halftime intermission.

Ironically enough, Fresno State guard Allen Huddleston scored 17 points, nearly half the team’s output on Wednesday night and more than half of the total points that UC-Riverside mustered up.

The good news from this late night, west coast battle is that the two teams seemingly turned it up in the second half, as the score heading into the break was just 13-11. Fresno State came together and scored a whopping 26 points in the second.

In the contest, Fresno State shot 28.2% while holding the Highlanders to just 24.5% from the field.

While the stats are mind boggling, we must remember that it is November. Wait, that’s not the reason. Come on, they still should’ve scored more than 69 combined points.

Despite the struggles, Fresno State did improve to 1-1 on the season and ironically enough, they played within two points of Texas in their season opening loss. UC-Riverside, on the other hand, is now 0-3 on the year.

The Highlanders did manage to out-rebound Fresno State by 11, securing 37 boards in the 40 minutes of action. The only problem is that is seven more rebounds than total points.

Fresno State will move forward for a Friday night date with Pacific, while UC-Riverside looks to secure their first win of the season against Whitman, a non-Division I opponent. It can be made clear that the Highlanders fully expect to score more than 30 points against Whitman.

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse