‘Dogs Head Home 0-2 in WAC
This story originally published on BulldogPlaybook.com
Staff Writer
Posted Jan 8, 2012

Kevin Olekaibe led Fresno State with 15 points in a 63-59 loss at Idaho. The Vandals’ Djim Bandoumel scored 16 points, recorded five rebounds, and three blocks...

With six seconds remaining, Idaho’s Deremy Geiger missed a three-pointer, which was rebounded by Stephen Madison and put back in to break the tie and give Idaho the lead. With four seconds left, the Bulldogs inbounded to Jonathan Wills for a three-point attempt, but while in the air, Wills lost control of the ball and landed to the floor with it, and whistled for traveling.

“I thought we had a great defensive stop there at the end,” said Fresno State Head Coach Rodney Terry. “We gave up a key offensive rebound that hurt us there. We didn’t finish the possession with a block out.”

Early in the second half, Idaho extended their one-point lead with a nine-to-three run. Fresno State could not fully close the gap until the last minute of the game, when Kevin Olekaibe evened the score with 41 seconds left to play.

Fresno State kept Idaho center Kyle Barone off the court, as foul trouble limited him to just 18 minutes. But Djim Bandoumel gave the Bulldogs fits in the paint all game long. Bandoumel scored 16 points on shot 5-of-7 from the field, and made all six free throw attempts. Idaho as a team took full advantage of their free-throw opportunities. The Vandals shot 88%, making 22-of-25 attempts.

Kevin Olekaibe led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Jonathan Wills was limited to 22 minutes due to foul trouble, but still finished with 9 points. Olekaibe was the only Bulldog in double figures, but five other players all finished with seven points or more.

Fresno State falls to 7-10 on the season, and opens WAC play with a 0-2 record. The Bulldogs return home for a three game home stand, starting on Thursday with Hawaii at 7 p.m. PST.

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