Fresno St. Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 24th 2022

Stadium: Moda Center at the Rose Quarter Portland
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Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse knew it would be a tough chore to beat Saint Mary's on the opening day of the Wooden Legacy, so he and his staff also put in ample time studying Fresno State.

That preparation could come in handy on Thursday night as the Commodores (2-3) will indeed be facing the Bulldogs (1-4) in the consolation game at Anaheim, Calif.

Vanderbilt fell 75-65 to unbeaten Saint Mary's on Wednesday night. Fresno State lost 62-57 to Washington.

"We've scouted them," Stackhouse said of Fresno State after the loss to the Gaels. "We knew that we could possibly play them. ... We just have to dust ourselves off, obviously disappointed with tonight's loss, but it's a quick turnaround."

Jordan Wright scored a season-high 22 points, but the Commodores made just 39.7 percent of their shots.

Defensive matchups also were a problem as Saint Mary's shot 56.9 percent from the field and had three players combine for 58 points.

"We ran into a veteran team with guys that have been playing together for a long time and I think that was the advantage tonight," Stackhouse said.

Fresno State has dropped four consecutive games and coach Justin Hutson was disturbed by his squad's 21 turnovers against Washington.

"I wouldn't say I'm surprised, I would say disappointed," Hutson said. "We have to work on it because most of them were unforced. Dribbling down, running people over, throwing the ball in the high post to the other team. You're not going to win games that way."

The Bulldogs received a solid game from Isaih Moore, a senior who had 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Moore is the only Fresno State player scoring in double digits (13.2 points per game) and also is the team's leading rebounder at eight boards per game.

"The last two games he's been really good," Hutson said of Moore, who is at the fourth school of his college career. "These last two games he's been rebounding, he's been defending and he's definitely a heck of a talent. You want to win the games for sure, but he has defended and rebounded a lot better than he did the previous three games. Somehow, he's decided he wants to do what it takes to win."

The Thursday game will be the first meeting between Fresno State and Vanderbilt.

--Field Level Media

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Fresno St. Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt Commodores Recap NOV 24TH 2022

Vanderbilt's Liam Robbins scored 20 points and teammate Tyrin Lawrence made two crucial baskets after Fresno State rallied for the lead, helping the Commodores earn a 67-59 victory on Thursday in the consolation game of the Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, Calif.

Lawrence finished with 19 points and Myles Stute posted 16 points for Vanderbilt (3-3).

After a back-and-forth stretch, Lawrence scored on consecutive possessions as Vanderbilt built a 60-57 edge with 2:35 to go.

Robbins made two free throws with 2:02 left to extend the advantage, and the Commodores converted on three more free throws before Fresno State halted the run.

Robbins, who shot 7-for-11 from the field, also was credited with eight of his team's nine blocked shots.

Fresno State (1-5) lost its fifth game in a row despite Jemarl Baker Jr.'s 22 points. Isaih Moore and Eduardo Andre added 10 points apiece for the Bulldogs, who shot just 4-for-23 on 3-point attempts. Baker was 8-for-20 from the field, though only 1-for-8 from long distance.

Fresno State had a 45-35 rebounding edge courtesy of 12 boards each from Moore and Andre.

Vanderbilt scored its last seven points on free throws, and the Commodores ended up 15-for-22 at the foul line. They shot 40.7 percent from the field and hit 8 of 23 3-point tries.

After Eduardo's layup with 4:23 to play, Fresno State went almost four minutes before scoring another field goal.

Vanderbilt went up 44-33 early in the second half and then went more than three minutes without scoring.

Fresno State used a 10-0 run to build a 49-46 lead. Vanderbilt was back in front after 3-point baskets from Stute and Lawrence.

Vanderbilt scored the last eight points -- all in the last 70 seconds -- of the first half to take a 31-26 lead to the break.

Fresno State shot 31.4 percent from the floor while making just 1 of 12 attempts from 3-point range in the first half. For the game, the Bulldogs hit 34.8 percent of their field-goal attempts.

The game featured 10 lead changes and six ties.

--Field Level Media