- U.S. social and economic trends on worrisome track, survey finds
- McDonald nomination unanimously referred to full Senate
- Chuck Norris honorary chairman of NRA voter registration campaign
- GOP outraged Obamacare investigators able to get coverage with fake IDs
- Family removed from Southwest flight over tweet about rude agent, dad says
- Michael Bloomberg thumbs FAA ban, plots course to Israel
- California bans full-contact football practices in off-season
- Thune: Downed fighter jets show more evidence of separatist capabilities
- Obama tells DNC fundraising crowd: ‘I’m not overly partisan’
- Chambliss: Downed jet ultimately goes back to Putin
Fresno State beats Old Dominion 71-64 in CBI
Question of the Day
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Marvelle Harris scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and Paul Watson added 15 points as Fresno State defeated Old Dominion 71-64 in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night.
Fresno State (20-16), which has won 12 of 14 games, reached 20 wins for the first time since the 2006-07 season and advanced to the CBI best-of-three Championship Series against Siena (18-17), beginning Monday in Fresno.
Sienna was a 61-49 winner against Illinois State in the other CBI semifinal.
Fresno State hasn’t played for a postseason championship since beating DePaul in the National Invitational Tournament final in 1983.
“I really like the effort we came out with especially with the start of the game defensively,” Fresno State coach Rodney Terry said. “They play hard, they play together, they enjoy playing.”
Fresno State shot 27 of 34 from the free throw line as they attacked the rim and drew fouls.
Cezar Guerrero was 7 for 7 from the line in the final two minutes to keep Old Dominion at a distance. Guerrero finished 10 of 11 from the charity strip and finished with 14 points.
On four occasions, Old Dominion cut Fresno State’s lead to one point in the second half. The final time Old Dominion came within one point, on a Dimitri Batten layup, Harris put the game away scoring six of Fresno State’s next seven points to put the Bulldogs ahead 53-47 with 8:25 remaining.
“We couldn’t get over the hump,” said Old Dominion coach Jeff Jones, whose team traveled eight hours via plane and bus before arriving to Fresno at 1 a.m. Wednesday from Norfolk, Va.
“One play here, one play there. Give Fresno State credit,” he said. “Clearly they wore us down and the travel … you could tell right away that our guys were getting fatigued.”
The Monarch (18-18) shot 38.5 percent, including 26.1 percent on 3-pointers.
Retailer pays a price for getting too close to Obama
- House task force to recommend National Guard on border, faster deportations
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- HURT: The cost of 'free' water in Detroit
- Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down
- David Perdue defeats Jack Kingston in Georgia Republican Senate primary runoff
- DEACE: How to go from civil rights icon to bigot in one quote
- Beretta moving to Tennessee over Maryland gun laws
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq