Dogs earn 79-59 win over Spartans


Fresno State improved to 8-0 at home this season with a 20-point wire-to-wire win over San Jose State.

FRESNO, Calif. – The Fresno State men's basketball team defeated the San Jose State Spartans 79-59 in wire-to-wire fashion on Tuesday night at the Save Mart Center.

Orlando Robinson scored a season-high 31 points with 12 rebounds and four assists for his 19th career double-double to lead Fresno State (11-4, 1-1 Mountain West) to its eighth-straight home victory.

Anthony Holland added 20 points with 11 rebounds and five rebounds in his return to the court after not being available for the Bulldogs' MW opener at Boise State two weeks ago due to health and safety protocols.

How it happened: Fresno State came out firing, scored first and never looked back.

The Bulldogs, who led by as many as 23 in the second half, were efficient on offense (31-for-59 FG, 52.5 percent) and defensively sound, especially in the first half in limiting SJSU (7-6, 0-1 MW) to just 35.7 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Fresno State dominated the paint (42-24) and committed a season-low five turnovers.

The Bulldogs also shared and moved the ball well with 15 assists on 31 made field goals, which included nine 3-pointers - the third-most by the 'Dogs in a game so far this season.

Quotes:

Justin Hutson, Fresno State head coach

About coming back from being off for two weeks…

"Well you're not doing a lot of five on five, up and down. You have some guys who need conditioning, some guys who are coming back from being sick, some who need a little rest. So what we did was try and work on their mind and some conditioning with that. What we did not do was play a whole lot of basketball up and down. You knew it was going to be a little rusty but you were really saying that we're going to make sure we're healthy."

About their defense and unselfishness on offense…

"We've been dealt a different card. You get better through practice and games, and this group didn't have any practice a year ago. I appreciate you saying how hard these guys have been working. They have been in the weight room, they are getting better and you can see improvement. As a coach we want to win all the games, but really all you can ask is for them to show up, work hard and play together."

Orlando Robinson, Forward, Junior

About his mentality in tonight's game…

"I was really focused, every day in practice I try to have that focused mentality. I try to get my team better and build a championship team. Paying attention to details and stuff like that is what really kept me into the game. I just flowed with it."

About joining the Bulldogs' 1,000-point club…

"That's great. It is a great one to have under the belt, and I look forward to keep going."

Anthony Holland, Guard/Forward, Junior

About what it's been like playing with Orlando… 

"I've been around Orlando for three years now, so it is good to see him get to the goals that he wants to. I am really proud of him. He has taken a real big jump, he works really hard. He is one of the hardest workers on the team, so I am glad it is all paying off."

About the last few weeks...

"Just a lot of focus and staying with it. There are going to be good days and bad days but you have to push through and focus on the main goal at hand." 

Team Notes:

Fresno State improved to 8-0 at home this season.

Fresno State improved to 17-1 all-time against SJSU in games played at the Save Mart Center.

Fresno State has now won nine straight games played against San Jose State (7-0 in Hutson's tenure).

Fresno State improved to 40-7 when recording a better assist-to-turnover ratio than its opponent.

Fresno State improved to 13-2 when Anthony Holland scores nine or more points (14-3 when he scores eight or more points).

This was the first time this season that two Bulldogs have grabbed 10+ rebounds in a game. 

Fresno State shot 52.5 percent from the field (fourth game this season making 50 percent or more of its field goal attempts).

79 points is the third-most that the Bulldogs have scored this season. 

The Bulldogs' 40 points in the second half is the fourth-most in a single-half this season. 

The Bulldogs outscored the Spartans 44-24 in the paint. 

Fresno State outrebounded San Jose State 39-25.

Fresno State improved to 9-2 when outrebounding their opponent this season.

This was Fresno State's 38th all-time MW win by 10 or more points (17th in Hutson's tenure).

This was Fresno State's 22nd all-time MW win by 15 or more points (ninth in Hutson's tenure).

This was Fresno State's 10th all-time MW win by 20 or more points (fourth in Hutson's tenure).

Player Notes: 

Orlando Robinson

Orlando Robinson became the 34th Bulldog to score 1,000 points in program history.

Robinson led the Bulldogs with a game-high 31 points and 12 rebounds.

Robinson is now ranked 32nd in program history with 1,008 career points.

Robinson recorded his third double of the season and 19th of his career. 

Robinson logged a career-high 13 made field goals. 

Robinson has scored in double figures in 14 out of 15 games this season.

Robinson scored 20+ points for the seventh time this season and 15th time in his career. 

Robinson scored 30+ for the second time this season and second time of his career. 

Robinson grabbed 10+ rebounds for the third time this season and 21st time in his career. 

Anthony Holland

Anthony Holland scored a career-high 20 points and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds. 

Holland recorded the second double-double of his career. 

Holland scored in double figures for the fifth time this season, and ninth time in his career. 

Holland scored 20+ points for the first time in his career. 

Holland tied his season-high with five assists. 

Holland played a season-high 38 minutes. 

Jordan Campbell tied his season-high with 31 minutes. 

Next up: Fresno State will play at UNLV on Friday at 8 p.m. PT on FS1 (television) and the Bulldog Sports Network (radio).


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