LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Tournament MVP Brett Bisping had 20 points and nine rebounds for
, which cruised past
, 81-68, in the decisive Game 3 of the College Basketball Invitational championship series Saturday.
Rob Poole added 23 points for Siena (20-18), which capped its longest season that began Nov. 8 with its first national postseason title since jumping to Division I in 1976.
Picked 10th of 11 in the preseason
coaches' poll, Siena got a rowdy crowd of 2,788 fired up early and never trailed. Siena's student section was lured by the promise free bacon before the brunch-time tip.
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 of 22 from the field in the first half and trailed 39-22 at the break.
Siena built a 22-point lead five minutes into the second half.
Fresno State got 17 points from Cezar Guerrero but shot a season-low 30 percent and was outrebounded 46-34.
With Siena's regular downtown arena already booked, the CBI marked Siena's first games in its cozy campus gym since the 1996-97 season. That didn't mean much in Game 2, when Fresno State shot 64 percent from floor — including 16 of 21 in the first half — and breezed to an 89-75 win. Siena could have ended at 15-17 after it lost in the MAAC tourney. But the Saints rattled off wins against Stony Brook,