SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Quinton Hosley posted his 12th double-double of the season with 22 points and 12 rebounds and Ja’Vance Coleman added 24 points on six 3-pointers, leading Fresno State to an 87-80 win over San Jose State on Thursday night.
The Bulldogs (14-11, 7-6 Western Athletic Conference), who went scoreless for nearly four minutes to open the game, shot just 36.9 percent from the floor but went 28-for-34 from the free throw line to counter their offensive struggles.
Carlton Spencer scored 22 points and had seven assists for San Jose State, which has lost seven conference games by seven points or less this season under first-year head coach George Nessman. Demetrius Brown added 20 points and five rebounds for the Spartans before fouling out with 4:52 left to play.
Coleman hit two 3-pointers during a 13-4 Fresno State run in the second half that gave the Bulldogs a lead it never relinquished.
San Jose State trailed 71-63 before mounting one final rally and closing within 78-74 on a three-point play from Jared Cozad with 1:33 remaining. Coleman, who tied a season-high for 3-pointers, ended the Spartans’ comeback hopes with a deep 3, then added a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left to seal the win.
Dwight O’Neil scored 16 points for Fresno State, 11 in the second half after receiving two stitches on the bridge of his nose following a hard foul by San Jose State’s Menelik Barbary. Kevin Bell also contributed 16 points and five assists for the Bulldogs.
San Jose State opened the game with a 12-0 run before Hosley’s 3-pointer with 16:13 left in the first half snapped Fresno State’s scoring drought. Coleman later hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 16-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 21-16 lead.
Fresno State’s offense went stagnant again later in the half, and the Bulldogs managed just one basket over the final four minutes, allowing San Jose State to take a 40-38 halftime lead on Brown’s short hook shot.
Fresno State’s win was just its fourth this season when trailing at halftime.