Fresno State 69, Creighton 54
FRESNO, Calif. (AP)—Hector Hernandez’s 14 points led a balanced scoring effort as Fresno State remained unbeaten at home Saturday night with a 69-54 victory over Creighton.
Eddie Miller scored 13 points and Kevin Bell added 12 for Fresno State, which improved to 9-1 overall. Dominic McGuire’s 14 rebounds and seven blocks spearheaded a defensive effort that limited the Bluejays to 31.3 percent shooting.
The Bulldogs, picked third in the Western Athletic Conference, led nearly from start to finish, including an 11-point bulge in the second half before Creighton (4-3) pulled to within 47-41 with 10:34 left.
But Ja’Vance Coleman answered with consecutive 3-pointers from the top of the key, giving Fresno State ample cushion for the stretch run. Coleman finished with 10 points and seven assists as the Bulldogs won their first game in six meetings against Creighton.
The Bluejays struggled offensively against a longer, quicker Fresno State team that blocked 10 shots. Anthony Tolliver had a game-high 18 points and Nate Funk added 13 for Creighton, one of the preseason favorites in the Missouri Valley Conference.