Fresno State's Isaiah Hill scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 76-63 win over UNLV.
FRESNO, Calif. - Behind a career-high 28 points from Isaiah Hill, the Fresno State men's basketball team defeated UNLV 76-63 on Saturday afternoon at the Save Mart Center in front of a season-high 5,950 fans.
In addition to Hill's standout performance, Eduardo Andre added a career-high 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season for Fresno State (7-11, 3-4 Mountain West).
Jordan Campbell chipped in nine points off the bench and Leo Colimero tacked on eight points and dished out three assists to help Fresno State defend its homecourt.
UNLV (12-7, 1-6 MW) was led in scoring by Elijah Harkless with 15 points and Keshon Gilbert added 11 for the Rebels, who dropped their fourth straight game.
How It Happened
Taking a 37-33 lead into the halftime break, a three-pointer from Jemarl Baker put the 'Dogs up eight six minutes into the second half at 47-39.
Continuing to lead by eight after a hook shot by Andre with 7:30 to play in the second half, the Rebels cut the 'Dogs lead down to four at 63-59 three minutes later, when Fresno State head coach Justin Hutson called a key timeout.
After a pair of free throws by UNLV got the Rebels back within five at 68-63, the 'Dogs closed out the game on an 8-0 run run to complete a 13-point victory.
As a team, Fresno State shot season-best 54.3 percent from the field (25-for-46), including perfect 8-for-8 contribution from the Bulldogs' bench, who combined for 20 points.
Justin Hutson, Fresno State head coach
On what impressed him the most about Eduardo Andre's double-double…
"He plays with a nice spirit and energy, and it's fun to watch. He's really eager to learn. We were going to try and get him the ball; we didn't want him to lose his cool and stay away from a couple of fouls because of how he played in the game."
On calling a critical timeout when UNLV cut the Bulldogs' lead to four…
"We have to finish it; they will not give it to us. We need defensive stops to get good shots on the other end."
On having the win for one night before turning the focus to Boise State (next game)…
"It's always on to the next, but it's nice to get a win. The guys did a really good job, worked hard, and were attentive. It was nice to see them get paid for that.
Isaiah Hill, Fresno State guard
On winning at home…
"It feels good, but it feels good to get a win. We had been on a three-game losing streak; that's what I care about. I'm just happy we won."
On playing nearly a full 40 minutes…
"When I'm out there, my adrenaline is going, and I want to do anything that it takes to win. If I have to play 40 or 20 minutes, I will do whatever it takes to win."
This was Fresno State 34th all-time MW regular season win by 10 or more points (13th in Hutson's tenure).
Fresno State has now 10 of the last 14 meetings in the series and owns a 5-3 advantage over UNLV in games played at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State's 76 points were its most in a conference game this season (second-highest single game point total this season).
Isaiah Hill's career-high 28 points were the 45th individual scoring MW game by a Bulldog in program history (21st time a Bulldog has scored at least 28 points in a MW game).
Eduardo Andre recorded his third double-double as a Bulldog (career-high 16 points with 13 rebounds, along with four blocks and a steal).
The 'Dogs head out on the road on Tuesday traveling to Boise State (15-5, 5-2 MW) for a contest at 6 p.m. on FS1 and the Bulldog Sports Network.