FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Quinton Hosley scored a game-high 24
points and Kevin Bell added nine points and nine assists to power
Fresno State to a 75-60 victory over Cal State Northridge on
Hosley's performance, which included 13 rebounds of which six
were offensive boards, made up for the near-10-minute absence of
Fresno State's leading scorer Ja'Vance Coleman, who went down with
a bruised eye while fighting for a loose ball with 5:28 left in the
first half. Coleman didn't return until 17:09 in the second half,
and came back with his right eye swollen and nearly shut.
After trailing 38-26 at halftime, Northridge (4-3) held Fresno
State (4-1) scoreless for the first 4:20 in the second half and
came as close as 49-42 on Jonathan Heard's fastbreak jumper with
Fresno State, however, responded with a 24-12 run to build its
lead to 73-54, engineered by Hosley's inside play and constant
uptempo push from Bell, who had five assists and a coast-to-coast
layup and a 3-pointer during the stretch.
Northridge, which lost two straight games for the first time,
got 20 points from Mike Efevberha. Heard added 13 points and three
Northridge came into Wednesday's game averaging 24.5 forced
turnovers but got Fresno State to commit only 14 turnovers as the
Matadors rarely pressed or trapped. Northridge had 22 turnovers.