The lead, 13 at one point, was now four. Fresno State, on the road in a men's basketball game at Air Force, had made one basket in a little more than 6 minutes, two in a little more than 7.
One, obviously, had a lot to do with the other.
But from there, the Bulldogs just took off again. No panic. They kept playing, forcing turnovers and rebounding, making some shots again and ended up running the Falcons out of their own building in a 68-51 victory on Wednesday at Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"We just had to come out there more aggressive than they were," said point guard Cezar Guerrero, who along with guard Tyler Johnson spurred the Bulldogs' run. "We came out and did what we had to do.
"We expect that out of us now, having the caliber of players that we have and the caliber of team that we are. All of us, as a team, we feel like we can do special things and I feel like this is just a first step into having a great team this year. We still have eight more games this year, so this is a stepping stone and we're going to get there."
Air Force was without leading scorer Tre Coggins, who sat out a third game in a row for disciplinary reasons. But it was another forward step for the Bulldogs (10-13, 3-7), who won on the road for the first time since opening with an overtime victory at UC Irvine and posted back-to-back Mountain West victories for the second time since joining the conference last season.
The 17-point margin of victory is the largest for the Bulldogs in a conference road game since a 61-44 win at Louisiana Tech on Jan. 3, 2008, when they were in the Western Athletic Conference. Since then, the Bulldogs had gone 4-46 in league road games. The key in getting there Wednesday night was to just keep playing.
"Our guys have gotten better with that over the course of the season," coach Rodney Terry said. "There were times early in the year we would have taken that (Air Force run) as a setback and not responded the same way.
"But we've grown a little bit. We've been battle-tested and our guys are learning to play for 40 minutes and that's what you have to do in this league."
The Falcons (9-12, 3-7) cut Fresno State's lead to 47-43 with 7:12 to go on a 3-pointer by Mark Olesinski. But it was Johnson, one of two Fresno State seniors, who answered with a 3-pointer off an assist from Guerrero.
The Falcons missed a 3-pointer, and after grabbing the rebound Johnson drove for two more of his game-high 20 points.
Guerrero then had a steal and drew a foul when finishing. His three-point play put the Bulldogs up 55-43.
They scored the final nine points, hitting 13 of 26 shots in the second half.
Guerrero added 18 points and four assists. Marvelle Harris added 12 and eight rebounds.
Fresno State limited the Falcons to 38.3% shooting and forced 20 turnovers -- the most the Bulldogs have had against a Division I opponent since getting 20 in a win at Cal State Northridge in 2011-12.
Six of those turnovers came after the Bulldogs' lead had been threatened, down the final 7 minutes.
"I'm proud of my guys, the way they hung tough," Terry said. "When you come here, you have to play 40 minutes against a team that isn't going to beat themselves.
"We've gotten better in that regard, and also in understanding how important the effort game is and getting those 50-50 balls. You have to get on the floor, you have to come up with those because those are key possessions."
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