While the Fresno State football team was fighting for the Mountain West championship Saturday in Boise, the Bulldogs men’s basketball team was rolling to a record-setting victory.
Fresno State won 106-70 at Long Beach State, the Bulldogs’ fourth straight win.
It’s the largest margin of victory in a Fresno State road win in school history. Fresno State hadn’t scored as many as 106 points since 1970, when it beat Alaska-Fairbanks 106-72.
Jaron Hopkins led the way with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Deshon Taylor added 23, Jahmel Taylor 17, Ray Bowles 12 and Terrell Carter II 10.
The Bulldogs dominated in rebounds (40-18), assists (18-9) and shot a torrid 61.3 percent from the field, including 10 of 20 on 3-pointers. Fresno State also maintained its keen eye at the free-throw line, making 20 of 22.
The 49ers (3-5) committed 17 turnovers (Fresno State had 16), but the Bulldogs took better advantage, scoring 25 points off turnovers compared with Long Beach State’s 12.
Fresno State (6-2) is home Tuesday against Cal State Bakersfield, which beat the Bulldogs last year.
CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD AT FRESNO STATE
- Tuesday: 7 p.m. at the Save Mart Center
- Records: Bulldogs 6-2, Roadrunners 4-4 pending Saturday night’s game against visiting Northern Arizona
- Of note: Fresno State lost 71-63 last year at Bakersfield, which went on to the NIT Final Four. Darrin Person Jr. out of Immanuel High is a freshman at Bakersfield but appears headed to a redshirt season. The Roadrunners boast three players from Mississippi, plus Mississippi State transfer Fallou Ndoye, a 6-11 reserve.