FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Dwight O'Neil had 16 points and seven
rebounds to help Fresno State overcame a career-high 24 points from
Alan Wiggins in a 65-60 victory over San Francisco on Thursday
Kevin Bell added 11 points and 10 assists for the Bulldogs,
including a 3-pointer as the shot clock was running down in the
final minute to make the score 63-57.
The Dons got no closer than four points the rest of the way.
Fresno State (7-3) improved to 5-0 at the Save Mart Center and
dropped USF (4-9) to 0-6 on the road. The Dons have lost four
Vince Polakovic had a career-high 14 points for USF in his
fourth game since becoming eligible. Wiggins had nine rebounds and
four steals to go with his 9-for-13 shooting night.
Trailing 34-26 at halftime, USF tied the game with an 8-0 run to
begin the second half. But Fresno State responded with 10 straight
to retake the lead for good.
The Bulldogs' lead swelled to 53-40 on O'Neil's baseline drive
with 9:30 remaining. USF surged back by getting hitting several
outside shots, then feeding the ball to Wiggins underneath. Wiggins
scored six straight points as the Dons cut the deficit to 58-57
with 4:05 left.
On Fresno State's next possession, Coleman fed Hector Hernandez
for a transition layup.
Renato Cesar and O'Neil combined for 11 points during a 13-0
Fresno State run midway through the first half. O'Neil's 3-pointer
put the Bulldogs ahead 30-18 with 4:53 remaining.