Bell scores 21 to help Fresno State beat Liberty, 71-62
FRESNO, Calif. (AP)—Kevin Bell scored 21 points and Fresno State’s offense learned from its first-game mistakes on its way to beat Liberty 71-62 at the Save Mart Center on the second day of the World Vision Classic.
The Bulldogs settled for perimeter shots in the first half of their season opener Friday, but used penetration, transition scores and patience to earn their second win of the season.
Bell constantly penetrated the lane. He either finished with a layup, was fouled and went to the free throw line or dished to post players. Bell’s increased shooting percentage - he was five of 11 - was due to an improved shot selection. He had six assists, one of them a pretty bounce pass to guard Dwight O’Neil in transition for a layup.
Flames guard Anthony Smith, who scored 26 points per game last season, led Liberty (0-2) with 17 points.
The first half was close and both teams held leads, but Fresno State took a 16-15 advantage with a Hector Hernandez transition layup assisted by Bell and never again trailed.
Fresno State finishes the round-robin play of the three-day tournament today at 4 p.m. against San Diego State and Fresno’s own Tim Shelton.