Fresno State Defeats Mustangs on Jumper with Three Seconds Left
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Ja'Vance Coleman made an off-balance eight-foot jumper with three seconds left, giving Fresno State a 71-70 victory over SMU on Saturday night.
With the clock winding down, Coleman drove the right side of the lane, made a double-pump move on Derrick Roberts in mid-air and got the ball to roll in off the rim.
The Mustangs almost got a winner from Roberts who drove to the basket from half court but had the ball fall off the far side of the rim. He had to shoot over Mustafa Al-Sayyad, who came to the middle to defend the basket.
Coleman scored 18 points for Fresno State (13-7, 7-4 Western Athletic Conference), which erased a 15-point first-half deficit.
Patrick Simpson scored 20 points for SMU (9-10, 4-7), and Bryan Hopkins shook off an injured wrist to finish with 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
SMU had a good look at the buzzer, but Roberts' attempted layup over 6-foot-9 Mustafa Al-Sayyad, the WAC's leading shot-blocker, overshot the rim.
Donovan Morris added 14 points for Fresno State, including four 3-pointers, and Chris Berry had 13.
Devon Pearson and Eric Castro had 12 points each for SMU, which led for most of the game.
SMU returns home to Moody Coliseum for the next three games, starting with San Jose State on Thursday at 7 p.m. Call 214-SMU-GAME for tickets.