Posted March 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
Ki-Ki Moore had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Fresno State scored 23 straight points overlapping the halftime break en route to a 76-70 victory over San Diego in the championship game of the Mountain West Conference tournament on Saturday. The Bulldogs (24-8) trailed 34-33 with about two minutes left in the first half, but scored 12 straight before the intermission and opened the second half with an 11-0 run to go on top 56-34 with 16:25 remaining. Alex Sheedy scored 11 points during the run and finished with 21 for Fresno State. Rosie Moult added 14 points and Bree Farley had 13. Chelsea Hopkins had 15 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists to lead San Diego State (26-6). Courtney Clements also scored 15. The Aztecs weren't finished after the Bulldogs' outburst, as they responded with an 18-4 run of their own to pull within 60-52 with 10:44 left. Clements had nine points during that spurt. San Diego State got within 71-69 on Chairese Culberson's basket with 1:08 left. But Sheedy made three free throws with 49 seconds remaining after being fouled while attempting a 3-pointer to extend the lead back to five. Moore added two more free throws with 9 seconds left to give Fresno State a 76-70 lead and seal the outcome. Moore made 10 of 11 free throws in the game while the Bulldogs made good on 17 of 18 attempts. Fresno also hit 9 of 22 3-point attempts and turned the ball over just six times, which helped them overcome a 43-31 rebounding disadvantage. Sheedy started the Bulldogs' 23-0 run with eight straight points on two 3-pointers and two free throws. Fresno State added two more baskets in the final three seconds of the half when Farley hit a basket and Taylor Thompson followed with a steal and a score at the buzzer. The Aztecs won both regular-season games against Fresno State, including a 74-49 victory on Feb. 9. This is the first season that the Bulldogs have competed in the Mountain West.
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