Broncos Winning Streak Snapped in 82-88 Loss at Fresno State
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -Paul George scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Monday night to help Fresno State hold off Boise State 88-82 and snap a three-game Western Athletic Conference skid.
Sylvester Seay added 23 points for Fresno State (10-14, 2-7 WAC), including an open three-pointer with 2 minutes, 50 seconds left and four consecutive free throws in the final 1:24.
Kurt Cunningham scored 20 points for Boise State (16-7, 6-4), equaling a career high. Paul Noonan added 17 points for the Broncos, and La'Shard Anderson had 15.
Boise State trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half before rallying to within 84-80 on Anderson's long jumper with 31 seconds remaining.
The Broncos immediately fouled George in the backcourt, but he calmly made two free throws with 29 seconds left.
After Boise State missed a three-pointer on the other end, Bryce Cartwright grabbed the rebound, got fouled and made two free throws with 19 seconds left to seal the victory.
Cartwright had 14 points and six assists for the Bulldogs. Fellow freshman Mychal Ladd also scored 14.
Mark Sanchez had 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Broncos, who allowed Fresno State to shoot 51.9 percent from the field.
George finished 9-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and made all eight of his free throws. The 6-foot-7 freshman also had four assists, three steals and two blocked shots in his best all-around performance of the season.
Seay's elbow three-pointer with 2 seconds remaining gave Fresno State a 45-29 halftime lead. It was Seay's only field goal of the first half.
George scored 19 first-half points, including a thunderous tomahawk dunk that put the Bulldogs in front 21-10.
With Ladd and George combining for five steals, Fresno State enjoyed a 15-2 edge on fast break points in the first half.
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