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Highlights and postgame reaction from Fresno State’s 71-52 win over Weber State on Wednesday night. 

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FRESNO, Calif. — The Fresno State men’s basketball team shut down the high-octane Weber State Wildcats 71-52 on Wednesday evening inside the Save Mart Center.

Fresno State (6-2) has now won four straight games and the Bulldogs’ defense limited the Wildcats to a season-low 52 points. WSU had entered the game with the nation’s eighth-best scoring average (90.3 ppg) and scored at least 100 points three times, including 113 in a double-digit win over BYU, in its first seven games before struggling against Fresno State’s lockdown defense.

Fresno State led by as many as 24 points in a game the Bulldogs led for more than 32 of the 40 minutes and by double digits for the entire second half.

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by redshirt senior guard Braxton Huggins, who had a game-high 17 points. Noah Blackwell added a career-high 16 points, Nate Grimes had a season-high 14 points and Lazaro Rojas also recorded a career-high with 10 points for Fresno State.

In addition to holding WSU to just 52 points, Fresno State’s defense also kept WSU to just three assists on 17 made field goals and the Bulldogs outrebounded the Wildcats 45-31.

How it Happened:
Fresno State started the first half with an 8-3 lead until Weber State could begin to add points of its own and cut down on the lead. The Wildcats would take a two-point lead before the ‘Dogs could regain momentum for a 12-10 lead with 9:12 to go.

Weber State had a 15-12 lead as Noah Blackwell drained a 3-point basket to even the score at 15 apiece with 7:53 to go in the half. Braxton Huggins found Nate Grimes in the paint for a big dunk from Grimes that would give the Bulldogs the lead again. Fresno State finished the half on a 15-5 run over the last seven minutes for a 30-20 lead through the first 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs came out firing in the second half as Huggins opened up the period with a steal that led to a 3-point basket. Fresno State went on a 12-2 run through the first four minutes of the second half for a 42-22 lead. Grimes had another dynamic dunk with the assist from Blackwell for the Bulldogs’ eighth point of the run.

Fresno State continued to score, not allowing Weber State back within 14 points for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs’ largest lead of the night was sparked by Huggins as he drained a basket in the paint with 1:47 left to go to put Fresno State up 71-47.

Team Notes:
  • With the win, Fresno State remains undefeated at home this season (4-0 at home during head coach Justin Hutson‘s tenure).
  • Fresno State improved to 56-12 overall at home since the start of the 2014-15 season, including a 28-4 record versus non-conference opponents.
  • Fresno State has won 15 of its last 17 home games played on a Wednesday.
  • Fresno State is in the middle of a 12-game stretch of playing exclusively in the state of California. Fresno State is 5-1 in those games at the midway point of the current Golden State run.
  • Fresno State has now won three of the last four games in its all-time series with Weber State. The Bulldogs and Wildcats will meet once again next season to close out a three-game contract.
Player Notes:

Braxton Huggins, Guard – 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
Huggins has scored 15+ points in all eight games this season … lead the team in scoring for the fourth time this season… grabbed a season-high seven rebounds … has recorded at least one steal in six games this season.

Noah Blackwell, Guard – 16 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound
Blackwell scored a career-high 16 points … scored in double-figures for the first time this season … has recorded an assist in all eight games this season.

Nate Grimes, Forward – 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
Grimes scored a season-high 14 points … scored in double-figures for the third time this season … has recorded at least one block in five games.

Quotes:
Justin Hutson, Fresno State head coach
On his halftime talk…
“I think we had 12 turnovers at halftime, and we ended with 17. We only had five in the second half and that is much better. I didn’t like the five in the second half, but most of the ones in the first half were not forced. We were much better players than what we were showing. We need to make sure that we move the ball and that we make better decisions if we want to come out on top.”

On the rebounding…
“They missed a lot of shots. Some of them were contested and some of them were not. Early on, they missed some that were not contested on the break. I thought in the half court, they did not get a lot of easy shots tonight so there was a lot of missed shots and a lot of opportunities to rebound. I did think that we rebounded the ball better tonight.”

On finding different ways to win…
“We have some good players. Basketball is funny like that, you never know who’s night it is going to be. We have some seniors who are leading us for sure, but we have some good players. Guys come back and they work hard in practice. When they work hard in practice and watch film, they see some of the things that they do really well and some of the reasons why they are not playing as much. It is very gratifying to see people like Noah and Nate come back, have two good practices and then have some success on the floor.”

On Noah Blackwell
“We knew he had it in him. He got on the floor because he was playing great defense. He got back in the lineup because of his defense, not because of his shooting. We knew he could shoot the ball. I think that because of how hard he was playing on defense, it freed up his mind to go and play on offense.”

Noah Blackwell, Fresno State redshirt junior guard
On his confidence…
“I am just starting to be myself. I know my teammates need some more out of me on the offensive and defensive end, so that was the biggest jump for me.”

On what he has worked on…
“Just my mindset, shooting the ball with confidence and just playing hard at all times. I want to be a force on both ends of the floor.”

Nate Grimes, Fresno State junior forward
On his confidence…
“Coach put this confidence in me and keeps telling me to give effort. He tells me ‘you can have 100 mess ups, just go on’ and that is what I try to do.”

Up Next: Fresno State will host Long Beach State on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT inside the Save Mart Center. Tickets are on sale now starting at $10 through the Save Mart Center Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or as part of a mini-plan through the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling 559-278-3647 (then press #1).

The 2018 Mountain West champion Fresno State football team will be honored during halftime of Saturday’s game, which is also the front-end of a doubleheader with the Fresno State wrestling team, who hosts No. 9 Minnesota at 7 p.m. PT. The fourth annual Baby Race, presented by Saint Agnes Medical Center, will also take place during halftime of the men’s basketball game.

“Just the Ticket to Build Our Community” – The Bulldog Scholarship Fund gives Bulldog alumni, fans and friends the opportunity to support Fresno State Athletics and the student-athletes who inspire them. For information about how you can support the Bulldog Scholarship Fund, please visit www.bulldogscholarshipfund.com or call 559-278-7160.
FRESNO, Calif. — The Fresno State men’s basketball team shut down the high-octane Weber State Wildcats 71-52 on Wednesday evening inside the Save Mart Center.

Fresno State (6-2) has now won four straight games and the Bulldogs’ defense limited the Wildcats to a season-low 52 points. WSU had entered the game with the nation’s eighth-best scoring average (90.3 ppg) and scored at least 100 points three times, including 113 in a double-digit win over BYU, in its first seven games before struggling against Fresno State’s lockdown defense.

Fresno State led by as many as 24 points in a game the Bulldogs led for more than 32 of the 40 minutes and by double digits for the entire second half.

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by redshirt senior guard Braxton Huggins, who had a game-high 17 points. Noah Blackwell added a career-high 16 points, Nate Grimes had a season-high 14 points and Lazaro Rojas also recorded a career-high with 10 points for Fresno State.

In addition to holding WSU to just 52 points, Fresno State’s defense also kept WSU to just three assists on 17 made field goals and the Bulldogs outrebounded the Wildcats 45-31.

How it Happened:
Fresno State started the first half with an 8-3 lead until Weber State could begin to add points of its own and cut down on the lead. The Wildcats would take a two-point lead before the ‘Dogs could regain momentum for a 12-10 lead with 9:12 to go.

Weber State had a 15-12 lead as Noah Blackwell drained a 3-point basket to even the score at 15 apiece with 7:53 to go in the half. Braxton Huggins found Nate Grimes in the paint for a big dunk from Grimes that would give the Bulldogs the lead again. Fresno State finished the half on a 15-5 run over the last seven minutes for a 30-20 lead through the first 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs came out firing in the second half as Huggins opened up the period with a steal that led to a 3-point basket. Fresno State went on a 12-2 run through the first four minutes of the second half for a 42-22 lead. Grimes had another dynamic dunk with the assist from Blackwell for the Bulldogs’ eighth point of the run.

Fresno State continued to score, not allowing Weber State back within 14 points for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs’ largest lead of the night was sparked by Huggins as he drained a basket in the paint with 1:47 left to go to put Fresno State up 71-47.

Team Notes:
  • With the win, Fresno State remains undefeated at home this season (4-0 at home during head coach Justin Hutson‘s tenure).
  • Fresno State improved to 56-12 overall at home since the start of the 2014-15 season, including a 28-4 record versus non-conference opponents.
  • Fresno State has won 15 of its last 17 home games played on a Wednesday.
  • Fresno State is in the middle of a 12-game stretch of playing exclusively in the state of California. Fresno State is 5-1 in those games at the midway point of the current Golden State run.
  • Fresno State has now won three of the last four games in its all-time series with Weber State. The Bulldogs and Wildcats will meet once again next season to close out a three-game contract.
Player Notes:

Braxton Huggins, Guard – 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
Huggins has scored 15+ points in all eight games this season … lead the team in scoring for the fourth time this season… grabbed a season-high seven rebounds … has recorded at least one steal in six games this season.

Noah Blackwell, Guard – 16 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound
Blackwell scored a career-high 16 points … scored in double-figures for the first time this season … has recorded an assist in all eight games this season.

Nate Grimes, Forward – 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
Grimes scored a season-high 14 points … scored in double-figures for the third time this season … has recorded at least one block in five games.

Quotes:
Justin Hutson, Fresno State head coach
On his halftime talk…
“I think we had 12 turnovers at halftime, and we ended with 17. We only had five in the second half and that is much better. I didn’t like the five in the second half, but most of the ones in the first half were not forced. We were much better players than what we were showing. We need to make sure that we move the ball and that we make better decisions if we want to come out on top.”

On the rebounding…
“They missed a lot of shots. Some of them were contested and some of them were not. Early on, they missed some that were not contested on the break. I thought in the half court, they did not get a lot of easy shots tonight so there was a lot of missed shots and a lot of opportunities to rebound. I did think that we rebounded the ball better tonight.”

On finding different ways to win…
“We have some good players. Basketball is funny like that, you never know who’s night it is going to be. We have some seniors who are leading us for sure, but we have some good players. Guys come back and they work hard in practice. When they work hard in practice and watch film, they see some of the things that they do really well and some of the reasons why they are not playing as much. It is very gratifying to see people like Noah and Nate come back, have two good practices and then have some success on the floor.”

On Noah Blackwell
“We knew he had it in him. He got on the floor because he was playing great defense. He got back in the lineup because of his defense, not because of his shooting. We knew he could shoot the ball. I think that because of how hard he was playing on defense, it freed up his mind to go and play on offense.”

Noah Blackwell, Fresno State redshirt junior guard
On his confidence…
“I am just starting to be myself. I know my teammates need some more out of me on the offensive and defensive end, so that was the biggest jump for me.”

On what he has worked on…
“Just my mindset, shooting the ball with confidence and just playing hard at all times. I want to be a force on both ends of the floor.”

Nate Grimes, Fresno State junior forward
On his confidence…
“Coach put this confidence in me and keeps telling me to give effort. He tells me ‘you can have 100 mess ups, just go on’ and that is what I try to do.”

Up Next: Fresno State will host Long Beach State on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT inside the Save Mart Center. Tickets are on sale now starting at $10 through the Save Mart Center Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or as part of a mini-plan through the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling 559-278-3647 (then press #1).

The 2018 Mountain West champion Fresno State football team will be honored during halftime of Saturday’s game, which is also the front-end of a doubleheader with the Fresno State wrestling team, who hosts No. 9 Minnesota at 7 p.m. PT. The fourth annual Baby Race, presented by Saint Agnes Medical Center, will also take place during halftime of the men’s basketball game.

“Just the Ticket to Build Our Community” – The Bulldog Scholarship Fund gives Bulldog alumni, fans and friends the opportunity to support Fresno State Athletics and the student-athletes who inspire them. For information about how you can support the Bulldog Scholarship Fund, please visit www.bulldogscholarshipfund.com or call 559-278-7160.
FRESNO, Calif. — The Fresno State men’s basketball team shut down the high-octane Weber State Wildcats 71-52 on Wednesday evening inside the Save Mart Center.

Fresno State (6-2) has now won four straight games and the Bulldogs’ defense limited the Wildcats to a season-low 52 points. WSU had entered the game with the nation’s eighth-best scoring average (90.3 ppg) and scored at least 100 points three times, including 113 in a double-digit win over BYU, in its first seven games before struggling against Fresno State’s lockdown defense.

Fresno State led by as many as 24 points in a game the Bulldogs led for more than 32 of the 40 minutes and by double digits for the entire second half.

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by redshirt senior guard Braxton Huggins, who had a game-high 17 points. Noah Blackwell added a career-high 16 points, Nate Grimes had a season-high 14 points and Lazaro Rojas also recorded a career-high with 10 points for Fresno State.

In addition to holding WSU to just 52 points, Fresno State’s defense also kept WSU to just three assists on 17 made field goals and the Bulldogs outrebounded the Wildcats 45-31.

How it Happened:
Fresno State started the first half with an 8-3 lead until Weber State could begin to add points of its own and cut down on the lead. The Wildcats would take a two-point lead before the ‘Dogs could regain momentum for a 12-10 lead with 9:12 to go.

Weber State had a 15-12 lead as Noah Blackwell drained a 3-point basket to even the score at 15 apiece with 7:53 to go in the half. Braxton Huggins found Nate Grimes in the paint for a big dunk from Grimes that would give the Bulldogs the lead again. Fresno State finished the half on a 15-5 run over the last seven minutes for a 30-20 lead through the first 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs came out firing in the second half as Huggins opened up the period with a steal that led to a 3-point basket. Fresno State went on a 12-2 run through the first four minutes of the second half for a 42-22 lead. Grimes had another dynamic dunk with the assist from Blackwell for the Bulldogs’ eighth point of the run.

Fresno State continued to score, not allowing Weber State back within 14 points for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs’ largest lead of the night was sparked by Huggins as he drained a basket in the paint with 1:47 left to go to put Fresno State up 71-47.

Team Notes:
  • With the win, Fresno State remains undefeated at home this season (4-0 at home during head coach Justin Hutson‘s tenure).
  • Fresno State improved to 56-12 overall at home since the start of the 2014-15 season, including a 28-4 record versus non-conference opponents.
  • Fresno State has won 15 of its last 17 home games played on a Wednesday.
  • Fresno State is in the middle of a 12-game stretch of playing exclusively in the state of California. Fresno State is 5-1 in those games at the midway point of the current Golden State run.
  • Fresno State has now won three of the last four games in its all-time series with Weber State. The Bulldogs and Wildcats will meet once again next season to close out a three-game contract.
Player Notes:

Braxton Huggins, Guard – 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist
Huggins has scored 15+ points in all eight games this season … lead the team in scoring for the fourth time this season… grabbed a season-high seven rebounds … has recorded at least one steal in six games this season.

Noah Blackwell, Guard – 16 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound
Blackwell scored a career-high 16 points … scored in double-figures for the first time this season … has recorded an assist in all eight games this season.

Nate Grimes, Forward – 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals
Grimes scored a season-high 14 points … scored in double-figures for the third time this season … has recorded at least one block in five games.

Quotes:
Justin Hutson, Fresno State head coach
On his halftime talk…
“I think we had 12 turnovers at halftime, and we ended with 17. We only had five in the second half and that is much better. I didn’t like the five in the second half, but most of the ones in the first half were not forced. We were much better players than what we were showing. We need to make sure that we move the ball and that we make better decisions if we want to come out on top.”

On the rebounding…
“They missed a lot of shots. Some of them were contested and some of them were not. Early on, they missed some that were not contested on the break. I thought in the half court, they did not get a lot of easy shots tonight so there was a lot of missed shots and a lot of opportunities to rebound. I did think that we rebounded the ball better tonight.”

On finding different ways to win…
“We have some good players. Basketball is funny like that, you never know who’s night it is going to be. We have some seniors who are leading us for sure, but we have some good players. Guys come back and they work hard in practice. When they work hard in practice and watch film, they see some of the things that they do really well and some of the reasons why they are not playing as much. It is very gratifying to see people like Noah and Nate come back, have two good practices and then have some success on the floor.”

On Noah Blackwell
“We knew he had it in him. He got on the floor because he was playing great defense. He got back in the lineup because of his defense, not because of his shooting. We knew he could shoot the ball. I think that because of how hard he was playing on defense, it freed up his mind to go and play on offense.”

Noah Blackwell, Fresno State redshirt junior guard
On his confidence…
“I am just starting to be myself. I know my teammates need some more out of me on the offensive and defensive end, so that was the biggest jump for me.”

On what he has worked on…
“Just my mindset, shooting the ball with confidence and just playing hard at all times. I want to be a force on both ends of the floor.”

Nate Grimes, Fresno State junior forward
On his confidence…
“Coach put this confidence in me and keeps telling me to give effort. He tells me ‘you can have 100 mess ups, just go on’ and that is what I try to do.”

Up Next: Fresno State will host Long Beach State on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT inside the Save Mart Center. Tickets are on sale now starting at $10 through the Save Mart Center Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or as part of a mini-plan through the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling 559-278-3647 (then press #1).

The 2018 Mountain West champion Fresno State football team will be honored during halftime of Saturday’s game, which is also the front-end of a doubleheader with the Fresno State wrestling team, who hosts No. 9 Minnesota at 7 p.m. PT. The fourth annual Baby Race, presented by Saint Agnes Medical Center, will also take place during halftime of the men’s basketball game.

“Just the Ticket to Build Our Community” – The Bulldog Scholarship Fund gives Bulldog alumni, fans and friends the opportunity to support Fresno State Athletics and the student-athletes who inspire them. For information about how you can support the Bulldog Scholarship Fund, please visit www.bulldogscholarshipfund.com or call 559-278-7160.

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