Hill's Decisive Free Throws in Closing Seconds Give Stanford 69-67 Victory Over Fresno State
Dec. 19, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Lawrence Hill scored 17 points, including decisive free throws with 14.7 seconds left, as Stanford defeated Fresno State 69-67 on Tuesday night, handing the Bulldogs their first home loss.
Dominic McGuire scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Fresno State.
Stanford improved to 7-2 in non-conference play. Fresno State dipped to 9-2, disappointing a record crowd of 15,423 at the 3-year old Save Mart Center.
After calling timeout, the Bulldogs failed to get off a shot in the closing seconds. Ja'Vance Coleman had the ball knocked out of bounds with 0.1 seconds left, and Shawn Taylor couldn't convert an awkward tip-in at the buzzer.
Quinton Hosley added 18 points and 13 rebounds for Fresno State before fouling out.
Stanford led throughout the game before Kevin Bell's 3-pointer with 13:03 left put the Bulldogs ahead 44-43.
There were six ties and two lead changes in the final 7:49. Fresno State led by as many as three points before Anthony Goods' 3-pointer tied the game at 56 with 6:53 left, and Stanford never trailed from there.
Down by as many as seven points, the Bulldogs rallied to tie the score in the final minute, thanks to Kevin Bell's layup following a steal and three straight points by McGuire.
With 15 seconds left, McGuire made the first of two free throws to force another tie at 67.
After McGuire missed his second attempt, the referees called Hosley for a foul trying to get the offensive rebound. Hill then made both free throws facing a raucous Fresno State student section to ice the game.
Mitch Johnson added nine points and 10 assists for Stanford, which got 12 points off its bench compared to zero for Fresno State. Bell, the Cardinal's other point guard, had 11 points, five assists and three steals.
The Lopez twins, who starred at Fresno's Memorial High School, were greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos from their hometown crowd.