Dogs Top Hawaii in Fresno

February 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
In danger of slipping further in the WAC standings, the basketball Bulldogs beat Hawaii where they were hoping to avoid losing their fourth straight.Things got testy between the two teams early in the second half. With the Bulldogs leading Kevin Bell and Matt Gibson exchanged words as both players would need to be separated. No technical were called on the play.

Later in the game with the Bulldogs now down five, bell starts the fast-break himself, splitting defenders with the terrific bounce pass for Alex Blair and the easy jam.

Then with just over 3-minutes remaining the game, Hawaii looked to seize control, Bill Amis put the Warriors up 62-55 with a dunk of his own.

But Fresno State got hot when it counted. Then it was Kevin Bell's turn from the wing, and with a 1:25 to go, the Bulldogs claimed their first lead since early in the second half when Eddie Miller was good on this off-balance three, making it 64-63.

Hawaii though, would retake the lead on the other end after a pair of Matt Gibson free throws.

Fresno State wasn't done, fouled on his way to the bucket, Dwight O'Neal with :12 seconds remaining gave the Dogs the lead right back after hitting both foul shots; including banking the first one off the backboard.

Hawaii's desperation three was no good as Fresno State was able to hold on for the victory.

Kevin Bell finished with a game high 27-points as Steve Cleveland's Bulldogs get back in the win column for the first time since beating LA Tech two and a half weeks ago.

Next up, the Dogs game in the bracket-buster event Saturday with Cal Poly at the Save Mart Center.


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