|Two Comebacks In 92-89 2-OT Win At Idaho|
Moscow, Idaho-----Freshman Keith Shamburger scored 17 of his 20 points after halftime including 10 in the two overtime periods as San Jose State defeated Idaho, 92-89.
Shamburger connected on a three-pointer with 8.6 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game at 81-81 and extend the contest. Then, he scored the Spartans' first six points on a pair of three's to open the final extra period.
"Keith can play when the game is on the line," San Jose State coach George Nessman said of the 5-foot-11 guard who was 4-of-8 from 3-point range for the game and 3-of-4 in the overtimes.
San Jose State (11-10, 3-7 WAC) overcame a 10-point deficit with 1:55 left in regulation and sent the game into overtime when Justin Graham's three-point basket with 18.1 seconds tied the game at 66-66. Graham led all scorers with 28 points.
"We made big shots and showed a lot of grit in the last couple of minutes. Idaho outplayed us from about the 9-minute mark to the 3-minute mark. Then, we got new life, kept our bounce and found a way. Keith and Justin made big shots, but they were both open, too," Nessman said about his team that won its second straight to get back above .500 for the season.
"A lot of winning this time of the year is simply finding a way to win more than executing perfectly. We found a way to win the game and we needed a win."
San Jose State also had to battle back from a five-point deficit with 1:58 in the first overtime for the win.
The Spartans' starting five accounted for all of the team's scoring as San Jose State won its second in a row and sixth on the road this season. Adrian Oliver and Wil Carter each had a double-double. Oliver scored 23 and pulled down 10 rebounds before fouling out with 1:42 in the second overtime. The 6-foot-8 Carter had career highs of 17 points and 14 rebounds and center Matt Ballard rounded out the scoring with 4 points and 9 rebounds.
Carter was involved in a key sequence with 23.9 seconds left in the second half when Idaho forward Brandon Wiley elbowed the San Jose State forward in the mouth drawing blood and an intentional foul. Though Carter missed both free throws, the Spartans gained possession leading up to Graham's three-pointer key 3-pointer.
"We wanted to come up here and steal one away from them. They stole one from us at home. We wanted to counter that," said Graham who vaulted from tenth into seventh place on the San Jose State career scoring list at 1,144 points.
Forward Luiz Toledo led Idaho (12-10, 5-5 WAC) with a career high 19 points. Jeff Ledbetter added 17 points on five 3-pointers. Reserve center Kyle Barone and Wiley each scored 15 as the Vandals found ways to score inside against the Spartans zone in the second half to build its short-lived advantage.
Idaho, now losers of four in a row, was outrebounded by San Jose State, 47-38.
San Jose State can go after a seventh road victory for the first time since 1994 when it takes on Nevada, Saturday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m. (PST).
San Jose State (11-10, 3-7 WAC)
Graham 11-22 4-5 28; Carter 8-12 1-4 17; Ballard 2-3 0-0 4; Shamburger 6-13 4-6 20; Oliver 9-22 2-4 23; Douglas 0-3 0-0 0; Jones 0-0 0-0 0; Henson 0-0 0-0 0; Ton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 36-76 11-19 92.
Idaho (12-10, 5-5 WAC)
Henderson 2-12 2-3 8; Wiley 6-8 3-3 15; Toledo 8-12 3-7 19; Geiger 0-7 0-0 0; Ledbetter 5-11 2-2 17; Tatum 2-5 3-4 7; Barone 4-6 7-9 15; Madison 3-6 0-0 8. Totals 30-67 20-28 89.
End of regulation - San Jose State 66, Idaho 66. End of the 1st overtime - San Jose State 81, Idaho 81. Halftime score - Idaho 29, San Jose State 28. 3-point field goals - San Jose State 9-24 (Shamburger 4-8, Oliver 3-10, Douglas 0-3, Graham 2-3), Idaho 9-24 (Ledbetter 5-10, Henderson 2-5, Geiger 0-5, Madison 2-4). Rebounds - San Jose State 47 (Carter 14), Idaho 38 (Wiley, Toledo 7). Assists - San Jose State 14 (Shamburger, Graham 5), Idaho 23 (Tatum 8). Fouled out - Oliver, Wiley. Total fouls - San Jose State 18, Idaho 18.Technical fouls - none. Attendance - 1,088.