With the game, once seemingly out of hand, suddenly close, UC Irvine Coach Bill Mulligan stalked the sideline Wednesday night, looking for a sharpshooting guard who could upset Fresno State with the wondrous weapon of modern basketball, the three-point shot.
But by the time he realized his best shooting guard was his center, 6-10 Johnny Rogers, it was too late.
Fresno State beat the Anteaters, 72-66, before a sellout crowd of 1,496 at UC Irvine's Crawford Hall.
It was the third straight Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. win for the Bulldogs, who are 8-4 overall. UCI fell to 1-2 and 6-8.
Fresno State took control of the game early and stayed there until late in the second half, when Irvine made its only run of the night.
Irvine cut the lead to 61-56 with 2:20 left on a basket by forward Tod Murphy. It was then that Mulligan started looking for the three-point shot, which is being used in the PCAA this season.