FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Quinton Hosley scored 25 points and
Ja'Vance Coleman added 22 as Fresno State held off UC Santa Barbara
for a 79-76 victory Friday night.
The Bulldogs (6-3) won their second straight home game despite
nearly blowing a 20-point lead in the final 10 minutes.Cecil Brown and Joe See had 14 points apiece for the Gauchos
(4-5), who pulled to within 78-76 on See's three-pointer with 1:14
left.Neither team scored again until Kevin Bell hit 1 of 2 free
throws with 2.3 seconds remaining. UC Santa Barbara's Lance Hurdle
missed a desperation shot from near half court at the buzzer.Hosley scored his 25 points on just eight field-goal attempts.
The 6-foot-5 junior also grabbed nine rebounds and finished 13 of
15 from the free-throw line.Fresno State improved to 4-0 at the Save Mart Center, while the
Gauchos dropped to 0-5 on the road.UC Santa Barbara led 23-15 early before Fresno State mounted
scoring runs of 16-0 and 13-2 late in the first half. The Bulldogs
shot 61.5 percent in the first half, hitting 8 of 11
three-pointers, to take a 52-33 halftime lead.Fresno State shot just 28 percent in the second half, going the
final 6:32 without a field goal.Chris Devine added 12 points and Derek Rasp 10 for the Gauchos,
who outscored the Bulldogs 43-27 after halftime.