The Fresno State Bulldogs played their first season without head coach Bryan Harsin, who was fired on Monday after two seasons.
It was a surprising result for a team that won 11 games last year and is on a four-game losing streak.
This was the second time the Bulldogs lost in a regular-season game this season.
They were routed at home by North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2016.
The Bulldogs have not lost to Fresno State since Harsen took over in 2015.
They also won their last three games against the Bulldogs, including a 55-48 home win over Fresno State in the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament.
Harsin has a history of making the Bulldogs tough to score on and play for in the paint.
They shot 42 percent from the field in 2017, the worst mark in the conference.
Fresno State shot 40 percent against the Golden Bears.
The Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to close the first half and then pulled away for a 56-49 lead on their final possession.
Devin Clark scored 19 points and Devin Davis had 18 for Fresno State, which led by as many as 12 points in the opening half.
Ishan Goldson added 17 points for the Bulldogs.
Shane Battier scored 10 points, and the Bulldogs shot 40.4 percent from 3-point range.
Fresno State shot 51.3 percent from beyond the arc.
After the game, the Bulldogs coach, John Blake, called the performance a “game of who plays the toughest.”
“This was a tough game for us.
We got our ass kicked,” Blake said.
“But we still have to find a way to come out and play better than we did.”