RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Ja'Vance Coleman scored seven of his 24 points
in overtime to help Fresno State come from behind to beat Louisiana Tech 84-81 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Donovan Morris added 14 points and Dreike Bouldin had 13 for
fourth-seeded Fresno State (16-13), which advances to Friday's
semifinal against the winner of Thursday night's other quarterfinal
between No. 24 Nevada (24-5) and ninth-seed Boise State (14-17).
Paul Millsap had 25 points and 17 rebounds for fifth-seeded
Louisiana Tech (14-15), but missed a free throw that would have
tied the game with 16 seconds left in overtime. Daevon Haskins
added 16 and Corey Dean had 12 for Tech, which led by 12 in the
Tech had a chance to win in regulation but Donell Allick could
convert only one of two foul shots with 7 seconds left, forcing the
overtime tied at 74-74.
Trailing 42-32 at the half, Coleman scored 10 points in the
first 5 minutes of the second half to key a 15-6 run and Fresno
State went ahead 52-50 when Morris hit a 3-pointer with about 14
Louisiana Tech rallied with an 8-2 run to tie it at 69 on Corey
Dean's tip in. Millsap put Tech ahead 73-71 off a rebound before
Morris hit a 3-pointer for a 74-73 Fresno lead with 1:45 to play.
Tech led 77-74 on Wayne Powell's 3-pointer in overtime, but
Coleman tied it with a 3-pointer of his own and put Fresno up 79-78
on a floater in the lane. Bouldin made it 82-78 with a 3-pointer
with 1:10 left.
Millsap made a pair of free throws to cut it to 82-80 and added
one more with 16 seconds left, but Coleman was fouled and converted
two free throws with 12 seconds left and Allick missed a 3-pointer
from the top of the key with 2 seconds to play.