For his first college start, Fresno State point guard Aaron Anderson fared pretty well and made a noticeable difference in the Bulldogs’ defense.
In a 91-78 loss at UCLA on Saturday, the Bulldogs scored a season-high against a Division I opponent (they put up 84 on San Diego Christian), getting better shots and making more shots than they had over the past month. Fresno State hit 47.4 percent (27 of 57) of their shots against the Bruins including 58.8 percent (10 of 17) at the 3-point line and had three players score in double-digits led by freshman Marvelle Harris with a career-high 19 points.
‘’He sped up the game and he kept the pace good,’’ Harris said. ‘’He got us open. By him pushing the ball, it knocks their defense off balance. … He pushed the ball, he opened the court up a lot for me to drive and Tyler (Johnson) to knocks down shots.’’
Anderson played 31 minutes and had only two turnovers, and scored seven points and six rebounds. Allen Huddleston, who had started the first 11 games at the point and was to play more off the ball in this game and going forward, was on the court for 14 minutes. He struggled a bit, hitting only one of five shots and one of four free throws and finishing with four points.
‘’I felt good about our flow tonight,’’ Coach Rodney Terry said, after the game. ‘’I thought Aaron did a great job getting us in our transition sets. He got us in our half-court sets. He did a great job of quarterbacking and giving us some organization out there from an offensive standpoint and then our guys stepped up and made some shots.’’
Terry sidestepped a question about expectations for Anderson in his first start, but the experience obviously should pay off down the line and he gets an easier opponent next out in Sonoma State on Dec. 30 to gain more of a comfort level leading the Bulldogs’ at the offensive end.
‘’I think any experience we get right now for those young guys, you know, in a pretty good environment and against some really good talent I think is something to build on for us,’’ Terry said. ‘’He gave us positive minutes from an offensive standpoint and I think he gave us a pretty good defensive effort as well, but there is a lot to build on as we get ready for conference play.’’