UW-Fresno State men’s hoops Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Robert Kuwada, who covers Fresno State men’s basketball for the Fresno Bee, about Wednesday’s game with the University of Wyoming at 8 p.m. at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

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Despite its record the Bulldogs have been close in a lot of conference games, including going to overtime in the last two. What are the struggles with this team right now?

The Bulldogs are just young and have had trouble making plays to finish games. The double-overtime loss to Nevada they had the lead at the end of regulation and gave up a layup to Deonte Burton to tie with about 15 seconds to go and then couldn’t get much of a shot coming out of a timeout, and then in the first overtime they had a lead and let Cole Huff get to the rim for a layup with one second to go. Layups … That logically can’t happen, but it did.

They made similar mistakes in the overtime loss at UNLV, only at the offensive end. UNLV gave them a lot of chances to win it in regulation and the overtime, but they couldn’t make a play. A freshman turned the ball over on one key possession. They got switched into a tough shot on another. They rushed a put-back just ahead of the buzzer and missed that.

They’re taking some lumps learning how to really compete and succeed at this level.

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UW-Fresno State pregame notes

This should be a low-scoring game tonight as Wyoming leads the Mountain West in scoring defense (54.7 ppg), which also is seventh nationally.

Fresno State is third in the MW in scoring defense (60.4 ppg). Only two teams have scored more than 70 points on the Bulldogs this season — UCLA and New Mexico. Fresno State forces 15.6 turnovers per game and have 50 more steals than its opponents (123-73).

UW has yet to allow a team to score more than 70 points.

Fresno State averages a league-worst 61 points per game, shoots 39.3 percent from the field and under 70 percent from the free-throw line (68.1 percent).

First one to 50 wins?

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