Vikings lose exhibition 97-67 at NCAA I Fresno State
Nov. 4, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - A nine-point halftime lead quickly evaporated for Western Washington University as it lost 97-67 to NCAA Division I Fresno State University in a men's basketball exhibition game Sunday at Save Mart Center.
The Vikings, who led 45-36 at the intermission, were outscored 61-22 in the second half.
Fresno State, which finished 22-10 and made a trip to the NIT last year, was led by point guard Kevin Bell and center Hector Hernandez. Bell, who has led the Western Athletic Conference in assists the last two years, had 21 points and a game-high nine assists. Hernandez, a member of the Mexican National Team, scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Forward Bryan Harvey, a transfer from Louisville, had 17 points for the Bulldogs.
Western was led by center Steve Severin (So., Richland/Hanford), who had 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Guard Ira Graham (Jr., Fontana, Calif.) also scored 16 points for the Vikings and Derrick Webb (Jr., Port Orchard/South Kitsap) added 10.
Trailing 32-30 with 4:44 left in the first half, Western closed the period with a 15-4 run to lead by nine. Graham scored 14 points in the first 20 minutes, making 5-of-7 field goals, and Severin had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Fresno State began the second half with a 23-7 run over a span of seven minutes to lead 59-52 with 13:08 remaining. The Bulldogs took the lead for good, 53-52, at 15:07 on a layup by Alex Blair.
A 31-4 run over a nine-minute stretch gave Fresno State its biggest lead of 33 points, 92-59, with 3:37 to go.
Western shot 45.9 percent (17-of-37) in the first half and 24.1 percent (7-of-29) in the second.
Fresno State had a 51-38 rebound advantage, 30-17 in the second half.
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