Utah State Squeaks Past Fresno State, 57-50
Bulldogs nearly upset Aggies
Regular seaosn is over
With that, the Mountain West regular season has officially come to a close, much to the avail of a few teams who possibly played themselves out of the tournament.
Fresno State topped Boise State earlier in the week as the make up games had to be played despite much turmoil around the league. With the Broncos loss to the Bulldogs, it all but ended their hopes of an easy at-large bid and puts them in jeopardy of missing out altogether.
— Fresno State Men’s Basketball (@FresnoStateMBB) March 7, 2021
Utah State almost did the same thing to the same Bulldogs team on Saturday night. Ultimately, the Aggies found a way to squeak by and top the Bulldogs by a score of 57-51.
It wasn’t pretty, and Utah State scored just 17 points in the first half. SEVENTEEN.
It seemed like Fresno State was going to play spoiler once again. As it turns out, the Aggies stormed back in the 2nd half and dropped a 40-piece to ensure them the two seed in the MWC tournament starting this week in Las Vegas.
Neemis Queta and Justin Bean dropped 13 points a piece for the Aggies and both players had double-doubles against the Dogs.
For Fresno, Isaiah Hill had 16 points to lead all scorers and added eight boards and five assists. Orlando Robinson once again had a double-double and has made easy work of just about every team in the MWC.
Robinson didn’t have his best game, however. The talented big man shot just 4-15 and 2-7 from beyond the arc and had issues with Queta down low.
For Utah State, they will play the winner of the UNLV-Air Force game and should have no issue with either team, although nothing is ever certain, especially in the Mountain West.
As far as Fresno State is concerned, they finish as the six seed and will play New Mexico with the winner taking on Colorado State.
Let’s be honest, the mountain West screwed up big time forcing these extra games to be played and possibly cost themselves an extra team in the Big Dance.
Stay tuned because it’s about to get wild in Las Vegas this week as the tournament kicks off and these teams fight for an automatic bid.