Memphis State 80, Fresno State 56
HONOLULU (AP) _ Center William Bedford scored 22 points and hauled down 12 rebounds as 13th-ranked Memphis State overwhelmed Fresno State 80-56 in the championship game of the Pearl Harbor Memorial Classic basketball tournament Saturday.
The 7-foot Bedford, who was ejected from Friday night’s game with University of Texas-Arlington for elbowing, made up for it with a good performance as he came up with five blocked shots to intimidate the Bulldogs while hitting 10 of 13 field goal attempts.
Many of his points came on dunks off passes from guard Andre Turner, who was named the most valuable player in the tournament. Turner had 20 points and Baskerville Holmes had 16.
Brian Salone led the Bulldogs with 13 followed by Mike Mitchell with 12 and Daniel Means with 10.
Memphis State, utilizing a full-court defense from the opening tipoff, jumped off to an 8-2 lead in the opening minutes before the Bulldogs came back to take their only lead of the game at 11-10 on a bucket by Salone.
Memphis State then went on a spree, outscoring the Bulldogs 23-9 to take a commanding 33-19 lead with 2:29 left in the half.
Bedford had nine of his 22 points in that span while Turner had 10 points.
Memphis State kept building on the lead in the second half and enjoyed their biggest margin at 72-46 when Memphis State Coach Dana Kirk inserted his reserves with 5:08 remaining in the game.
It was Fresno State’s biggest loss margin in the eight years Boyd Grant has coached the Bulldogs.