Jan. 8, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Ja'Vance Coleman hit a three-pointer with four seconds left in double-overtime to lift Fresno State to a 99-96 win against Utah State in Western Athletic Conference action here Saturday night. With the win, Fresno State improves to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in league play, while Utah State falls to 9-4 overall and 1-2 in the WAC with the loss.
Coleman finished the game with 25 points for the Bulldogs, while Nate Harris led Utah State with a career-high 33 points and 12 rebounds.
Fresno State seemed to have the game in hand with just over two minutes remaining in the second overtime after scoring the first 10 points of the period to take a 89-79 lead. Utah State, however, went on a 14-5 run over the next 1:31 to cut the lead to 94-93 as Harris made a lay-up, followed by a three-pointer from Jaycee Carroll, back-to-back three-pointers from David Pak, and another lay-up from Harris. During the run, Fresno State went five-of-seven from the free throw line and committed two turnovers.
After Pak made one-of-two free throws to cut the lead to one at 94-93, Dwight O'Neil made a lay-up to give the Bulldogs a three-point led with :27 seconds remaining. Harris then hit his second three-pointer of the game with :17 seconds remaining to tie the game at 96 before Coleman's three won the game for the Bulldogs.
Pak finished with a career-high 22 points for Utah State to go along with a career-high 12 assists, while Carroll scored 14, and Cass Matheus added 10.
Quinton Hosley scored 25 points and added 17 rebounds for Fresno State, while Hector Hernandez scored 18 points to go along with O'Neil's 12.
Utah State had a chance to win the game in regulation as Matheus was fouled with :00.8 seconds remaining in the game, but missed the front-end of a one-an-one free throw to send the game into overtime. USU also had a chance to win the game in the first overtime as it led 79-77 after Pak hit a three-pointer with :12 seconds remaining, but Hosley tied the game five seconds later on a dunk after a missed shot to send the game into double-overtime.
Overall, Utah State shot 48.8 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three-point range, while Fresno State shot 44.4 percent overall and 48.1 percent from three. The Bulldogs out-rebounded USU 50-41 and went 22-of-32 from the free throw line, while the Aggies were just five-of-nine from the charity stripe.
Utah State will return to action on Thur., Jan. 12 when it hosts Boise State in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7:05 p.m.
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