There was a point there, into the second half, where Fresno State was getting just about all of its offense from one player.
Marvelle Harris, the team's leading scorer, had one point. Paul Watson had none; Cezar Guerrero six.
On the road at Colorado State and with the Bulldogs teetering, guard Tyler Johnson had outscored the other starters combined.
Then came his fourth foul and that was it.
The Bulldogs scored only four more points after Johnson was forced to the bench with 9:39 to go, and they were left well back in a 76-57 loss Saturday at Moby Arena in which they were crushed on the boards, again committed some fluffy fouls on Rams headed to the basket and disappeared in stretches on offense.
The lack of points, coach Rodney Terry said, was only one of many things among the missing.
"We knew going into this game, we put it on the board, this was a toughness game here," Terry said. "You go on the road, you play a team in the environment with the type of mentality that they have, it's all about toughness and we didn't live up to our end of the bargain in terms of matching their toughness. They were tougher than us tonight. That burns me to say that because I don't like being around guys that are soft and not tough."
Players for Colorado State (11-6, 2-2 Mountain West) were able to play through the rough spots, most notably Daniel Bejarano, a fourth-year junior.
The Rams' leading scorer did not have a point in the first half, missing all seven of his shots. But he hit 5 of 8 in the second half, went 6 of 6 at the line, and finished with 19 points.
The Bulldogs (8-9, 1-3) weren't able to clear all of their hurdles. And there were quite a few.
Fresno State lost all momentum in a dreadful stretch at the offensive end in the first half. The Bulldogs went nearly 5 minutes without scoring and over 10:02 were outscored 25-3 by the Rams, who came in ranked second in the conference in scoring at 77.3 points per game.
Fresno State was 1 of 12 from the floor and turned over the ball three times.
Allen Huddleston hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to trim the lead to 29-18 with 5:08 remaining in the half and, later, Johnson, who finished with a game-high 21 points, scored on four consecutive trips. But they couldn't cut very deeply into the deficit until the second half.
They closed to within 58-53 on a 3-pointer by Guerrero, but on the Rams' next trip Johnson fouled Jon Octeus, who hit both free throws for two of his 19 points.
"That was a big play," Terry said. "When he picked up his fourth foul, we had to sit him down for a little bit. He had been playing really well to that point and to have to sit him down for that extended time there was tough on us. We had some momentum going."
With Johnson out, Watson hit a 3-pointer to make it 62-56 with 8:30 left. That was their last basket. Fresno State didn't score over the final 7:50 of the game.
Harris ended up with that one point, coming when he hit a free throw at 7:16 of the first half.
He was 0 of 8 from the floor.
Watson had a brief flurry in the second half as the Bulldogs cut a 13-point deficit to single digits, finishing with 12 points.
Guerrero had 11 points and led the team with five rebounds.
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