FRESNO, Calif. -- Bennie Rhodes scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Fresno State won its home opener by defeating Vanguard 74-42 on Wednesday night.
Cameron Nettles led Vanguard (1-1) with 10 points, while Alex Chapman collected 12 rebounds for the NAIA school.
Rhodes skied for an offensive rebound and putback just before the halftime buzzer to put Fresno State ahead 34-22. It was the Bulldogs' biggest lead to that point.
Fresno State shot 55.2 percent (32 of 58), compared to Vanguard's 25 percent (16 of 64).
Greg Smith and Ned Golubovic were the only players in Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland's nine-man rotation who saw regular minutes last season. The two big men combined for just six points.