SAN DIEGO — Fresno State limited Memphis State to 16 fewer points than any team had this season in the first game of Friday night's Holiday Bowl basketball tournament.
But it really didn't matter. Memphis State went on to win its 10th straight game by beating the Bulldogs, 57-46.
Memphis State came into the game averaging 88 points per game and had an average winning margin of 27.6 points. Although the Tigers played what was considered well below their standard, Coach Dana Kirk wasn't complaining.
"They'd hold the ball 40 seconds on us and shoot with four or five seconds left on the (shot) clock," Kirk said. "When they were eating the clock, we certainly couldn't score. You can't expect to beat everyone handily."
Early on, it appeared the Tigers would experience another runaway. They led by seven points three times within the first eight minutes, but Fresno State cut the deficit to 17-16 with seven minutes left in the half.