LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Tournament MVP Brett Bisping had 20 points and nine rebounds, and Siena cruised past Fresno State, 81-68, in the decisive Game 3 of the College Basketball Invitational championship series Saturday.
Rob Poole added 23 points. Siena (20-18) capped its longest season, which began Nov. 8, with its first national postseason title since jumping to Division I in 1976.
Picked 10th of 11 in the preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaches’ poll, Siena got a rowdy crowd of 2,788 fired up early and never trailed. Fresno State hit just three of its first 17 shots and went more than nine minutes without a field goal in the first half.
Tyler Johnson had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (21-18), who were 4-for-22 from the field in the first half and trailed 39-22 at the break.