FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Julien Lewis made one of two free throws for a 68-66 lead and then Lionel Ellison stole the inbound pass with 8.9 seconds remaining to secure Fresno State's 69-66 season-opening win over Pepperdine on Friday night.
Trailing 67-63, Pepperdine's Jeremy Major nailed a 27-footer to close to 67-66. Lewis made one free throw and Ellison, who finished with 5 points and three assists, then sealed the victory with his fourth steal of the game.
Pepperdine was ahead 38-30 at the break and led 61-53 with 4:26 left in the game. Ellison made two free throws and Jones completed a 3-point play to give Fresno State a 65-61 advantage with 1:45 left.