Posted at 7:57 p.m., Thursday, March 1, 2007
'Bows' next foe, Boise State, loses to Fresno at buzzer
Associated PressFRESNO, Calif. -- Kevin Bell's pull up jumper with 0.6 seconds left tonight lifted Fresno State to a 78-77 victory over Boise State.
Boise State plays Hawaii in the Rainbows' final home game of the regular season and UH coach Riley Wallace's final home game after a 20-year career as UH's coach.
Quinton Hosley had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds for Fresno State (21-8, 9-6), which extended its winning streak to five games.
With Boise State leading 77-76, Anthony Thomas missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 6.8 seconds left. Bell grabbed the long rebound and dribbled to just inside the free-throw line before taking the shot.
Bell scored a season-high 17 points along with 11 assists and three steals. Dominic McGuire added 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks for the Bulldogs.
Boise State (16-12, 8-7) led 77-70 with less than 4 minutes remaining before Hosley and Bell fueled Fresno State's late surge with four points apiece.
Matt Nelson had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Broncos, including a layup with 4:59 left that turned out to be Boise State's final points of the contest. Reggie Nelson added 19 points and Eric Lane had 17.
Bell had 11 first-half points and four assists for Fresno State, which meets Utah State on Saturday in Logan, Utah, for third place in the WAC behind Nevada and New Mexico State.