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Fresno State builds big 1st-half lead, beats Colorado State

January 6, 2019

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Deshon Taylor had 21 points and seven assists on Saturday night, and Fresno State built a big first-half lead and held on for a 78-67 win over Colorado State.

The Bulldogs (11-3, 2-0 Mountain West Conference) went on a 23-2 run starting near the midpoint of the first half to lead 34-12 with 3:44 left in the period. The Rams (5-10, 0-2) answered with a 10-2 run to close the half.

Fresno State scored the first four points of the second half for the largest lead of the period at 40-22. Colorado State had a 13-4 run to close the deficit to nine with 15 minutes left, and got back within nine at the 10-minute mark and within eight in the final two minutes.

Nate Grimes and Sam Bittner added 17 points each and New Williams scored 11 for the Bulldogs. Grimes also had 10 rebounds.

Anthony Masinton-Bonner had a career-high 26 points and Nico Carvacho added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Rams.

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