For a second consecutive game on their home court, the Fresno State Bulldogs dropped a game with a significant disparity in free throws attempted and made.
On Saturday, in a 74-63 loss to Colorado State at the Save Mart Center, the Rams went to the line 34 times and made 29 of them while the Bulldogs got to the line 20 times and made 17. Before that, Nevada went to the line 37 times and made 30 in its 68-61 victory over the ‘Dogs, while Fresno State took only 21 free throws and made just 12.
That’s a minus-14, and a minus-16.
Coach Rodney Terry likes the aggressiveness at the defensive end, but many have been bad fouls coming late in the shot clock or well away from the basket.
‘’We’re an aggressive defensive team,’’ Terry said. ‘’Our team plays extremely hard on the defensive end with a lot of effort. But channeling that effort and emotion a lot of times, we haven’t done so well over the last three or four games in bailing guys out and putting them at the free throw line has cost us games because teams have made their free throws, gotten there, and done a good job at the line.
‘’We talked about playing hard, staying in front of the basketball and making guys make contested shots without fouling. It’s just an area that we have to continue to improve to try to get better. We can’t let guys at the end of the shot clock, foul them and put them at the free throw line.’’