Courtesy: Fresno State Media Relation
LAS VEGAS --- The Fresno State men's basketball team suffered a 64-52 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Mountain West Tournament on Thursday afternoon inside the Thomas & Mack Center.
The loss puts a bow on the season for Fresno State (21-11), who just recorded its third straight 20-win season and fourth in the last five seasons.
San Diego State (20-10) extended its winning streak to seven and will face top-seeded Nevada on Friday in the semifinals.
How it happened: Fresno State jumped out to an 11-9 lead nine minutes into the game, but the Aztecs used an 8-0 run, which included 3-pointers from Max Montana and Matt Mitchell, to take the lead for good.
SDSU led for just over the final 30 minutes of the contest and the Aztecs fended off a series runs by the 'Dogs, who closed to within four points midway through the second half.
Fresno State sophomore forward Bryson Williams scored a game-high 23 points on 10-for-19 shooting and added nine rebounds. Deshon Taylor chipped in 12 points with three 3-pointers for the Bulldogs, who also got nine points from senior guard Ray Bowles, Jr.
Fresno State committed 14 turnovers, with 10 of those coming in the second half, and the Aztecs took advantage for 17 points off of those turnovers, while the Bulldogs were only able to get two points off the SDSU's 12 turnovers.
Rodney Terry, Fresno State head coach.
"You have to value taking care of the basketball. This team has done a pretty good job of it. We felt good about it at halftime — we only had four turnovers at the half. But you have to value taking care of the basketball down the stretch, especially in post-season play. Those possessions down the stretch compound with not getting a stop at the other end and those guys got a chance to get a little separation and we were fighting uphill from that point."
Bryson Williams, Fresno State sophomore forward
"We had five turnovers in a row, a real bad stretch. We just didn't take care of the ball. We had to do better with that. We really worked all year hard on taking care of the ball. We really take pride in that and we just didn't do a good job of it.
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