Fresno State 70, Northern Colorado 65
FRESNO, Calif. (AP)—Dwight O’Neil overcame foul trouble to score five of his game-high 18 points down the stretch as Fresno State held onto a 70-65 victory against Northern Colorado on Thursday at the Save Mart Center.
O’Neil also had six rebounds and five assists, and his driving layup with 4:08 remaining gave Fresno State a 60-58 advantage and a lead the Bulldogs would not relinquish thanks to clutch free-throw shooting.
Fresno State (5-5) made 5 of 7 free throws in the final 2:30 and was 18 of 22 from the charity stripe for the game to offset 39.6 percent shooting from the field (21-of-53).
Northern Colorado (3-6) trailed by as much as nine points late in the first half but came back in the second half with a 12-0 run. Jabril Banks and John Pena each scored 13 points for the Bears.
Northern Colorado led by as much as four points with 6:41 remaining but missed four of their final five shots, including one behind the arc with 1:13 remaining from Neal Kingman that could have tied the game at 65-65.
Fresno State’s Myles Green came off the bench to contribute a career-high eight points and drained a key 3-pointer from an O’Neil assist that gave the Bulldogs a five-point lead with 3:25 left.