Bulldogs Maul Saints to Force Game 3


Following a deflating loss on their home court many wondered how Fresno would respond in game 2 of the CBI finals. They wasted no time answering the question. Fresno came out firing on all cylinders building a commanding lead they would never relinquish enroute to an 89-75 win to force a decisive game 3.

“Hats off to Fresno State,” said Siena coach Jimmy Patsos. “They have a really good team from the Mountain West and we didn’t live up to our end of the bargain.”

Siena fans did their best to make it difficult for the visiting Bulldogs. Playing their first game on campus at the ARC in 17 years Siena students and fans packed the gym to create an electric atmosphere. Hoping to witness the Saints first national post season tournament championship, the fans instead witnessed a first half shooting clinic by Fresno. The Bulldogs shot a staggering 76%, 16-21, from the floor to build a commanding 19 point lead at the half.

“I think we let some people down tonight,” said Brett Bisping. The environment was great. Our fans were fantastic. Our student section was insane. I hope they all come back on Saturday and keep supporting us.”

In contrast the Saints struggled from the floor, shooting only 35.7%, 10-28. The only thing that prevented the Siena half time deficit from being over 20 was a buzzer beating three by Ryan Oliver.

The second half started the same way the first half ended, with Fresno simply unable to miss. The Bulldogs would push the lead to as many as 26 with 15:22 to play before Siena started to find some success with its press and some offensive rhythm. Siena would go on a 14-1 run to cut the deficit in half but would never get the game back within single digits.

On the game Fresno shot 23-36, 64%, 8-15 from three and 35-43 from the free throw line. Siena shot 26-56, 46%, 5-14 from three and 18-24 from the free throw line. The Saints were out rebounded 28-18 but did manage to win the turnover differential, forcing 15 while committing 10.

Siena was led in scoring by Brett Bisping who had a game high 20 pts. He was joined in double figures by Marquis Wright who had 14.

Fresno was led by Allen Huddleston who matched Bisping with 20 points. He was joined in double figures by four other Bulldogs, Tyler Johnson (19), Paul Watson (14), Cezar Guerrero (13), and Marvelle Harris (11).

“I expect us to compete harder on Saturday,” said Patsos. “I expect us to run the plays we said we were gonna run. I expect us to look for other teammates. I expect us to dive for loose balls. I expect us to be a hustling team cause that’s what we’ve done all year. I thought we got away from that today.”

The Saints will look to rebound in a decisive game 3 Saturday at 11:30 am at the ARC. On the line is a 20 win season and CBI championship. Five of the previous six CBI championships have gone the full three games with the winner of game one winning three of those series.

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