Huggins, Tough Defense Power Fresno State to Basketball Win
Braxton Huggins scored 17 points and Fresno State held usually high-scoring Weber State to 26 percent shooting as the Bulldogs posted a 71-52 victory Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center.
The Bulldogs improved to 6-2 in nonconference play with their fourth straight victory under first-year coach Justin Hutson. They are undefeated in four games at home this season.
Noah Blackwell added 16 points for Fresno State, which took control with a 15-5 spurt in the first half.
The Bulldogs held Weber State (5-3) to 7-of 27 shooting, including 2 of 12 from 3-point range. The Wildcats didn’t help their cause going just 4 of 10 at the free-throw line.
Weber State Averaging 90 Points a Game
Weber State entered the game with the nation’s eighth-best scoring average (90.3 points a game) and had scored at least 100 points three times — highlighted by 113 in a victory over Brigham Young.
The Bulldogs picked up where they left off with a 12-2 run after intermission and extended the lead to 42-22 with Blackwell’s layup with 16:37 left in the second half.
Nate Grimes added 14 points and Lazaro Rojas scored 10 for Fresno State. The Bulldogs outscored Weber State 36-22 in the paint.
Cody John scored 17 points for the Wildcats and Jerrick Harding had 13.
Fresno State will host Long Beach State (3-7) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The 49ers of the Big West Conference defeated Southern Utah 82-71 Wednesday night.
The 2018 Mountain West champion Fresno State football team will be honored during halftime of Saturday’s game, which is also the front-end of a doubleheader with the Fresno State wrestling team, which hosts No. 9 Minnesota at 7 p.m.