|Men's Basketball Falls At #25 LA Tech 88-61|
Ruston, La.-Three Spartans scored in double figures, but 21 turnovers and only 17 field goals made found San Jose State losing at #25 Louisiana Tech, 88-61, Saturday night in a Western Athletic Conference game.
Xavier Jones led San Jose State with 14 points, while Chris Cunningham and D.J. Brown each scored 10 points. However, Jones was just 5-of-16 from the field, and Cunningham attempted just one shot from the field.
For the fourth time this season, San Jose State made more free throws than field goals in a game. The Spartans were 22-of-29 from the free throw line (75.9 percent), but made just 17-of-53 attempts from the field (32.1 percent).
For the second consecutive game, the Spartans gave up over 20 points off turnovers. Louisiana Tech (26-3, 16-0) capitalized on 21 Spartans turnovers for 24 points.
The Bulldogs extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games. Raheem Appleby led all scorers with 16 points, and four Bulldogs scored in double figures on Senior Night.
San Jose State returns to The Event Center next week for the final two Western Athletic Conference games. The Spartans host UTSA on Thursday, March 7, and Texas State on Saturday, March 9. Both games begin at 7 p.m. PST.
San Jose State vs #25 Louisiana Tech
03/02/13 7:05 p.m. at Ruston, La. (Thomas Assembly Center)
SAN JOSE STATE (9-18, 3-13 WAC)
Jones, Xavier 5-16 3-4 14; Cunningham, Chris 1-1 8-10 10; Brown, D.J. 3-10 3-4 10; Pennington, LaVanne 4-11 0-2 9; Garrett, Louis 2-9 4-4 9; Smith, Stephon 1-3 4-5 6; Grieves, Nick 1-2 0-0 3; Andoh, David 0-1 0-0 0; VanKirk, Mike 0-0 0-0 0; Moor, Aalim 0-0 0-0 0; Williams, Jaleel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-53 22-29 61.
#25 LOUISIANA TECH (26-3, 16-0 WAC)
Appleby,Raheem 4-14 5-6 16; Hamilton,Alex 4-5 5-11 13; Johnson,Jaron 5-5 1-2 13; Gibson,Brandon 3-8 4-4 12; Johnson,Cordarius 4-9 0-0 8; Lewis,JL 3-5 0-0 7; McNeail,Kenyon 2-6 1-2 7; Anderson,Chris 1-5 2-2 4; Talbot,Gilbert 1-1 1-2 3; Smith,Kenneth 1-2 0-0 2; Kyser,Michale 1-3 0-0 2; Johnson,Demario 0-0 1-2 1; Gjuroski,Stojan 0-0 0-0 0; Massey,Isaiah 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 20-31 88.
San Jose State................ 26 35 - 61
#25 Louisiana Tech............ 45 43 - 88
3-point goals--San Jose State 5-17 (Grieves, Nick 1-2; Brown, D.J. 1-6; Garrett, Louis 1-4; Pennington, LaVanne 1-3; Jones, Xavier 1-2), #25 Louisiana Tech 10-29 (Appleby,Raheem 3-7; Johnson,Jaron 2-2; Gibson,Brandon 2-6; McNeail,Kenyon 2-5; Lewis,JL 1-3; Smith,Kenneth 0-1; Anderson,Chris 0-1; Johnson,Cordarius 0-4). Fouled out--San Jose State-None, #25 Louisiana Tech-Gibson,Brandon. Rebounds--San Jose State 34 (Cunningham, Chris 7), #25 Louisiana Tech 44 (Johnson,Cordarius 9). Assists--San Jose State 6 (Jones, Xavier 2), #25 Louisiana Tech 18 (Smith,Kenneth 9). Total fouls--San Jose State 21, #25 Louisiana Tech 22. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, #25 Louisiana Tech-Gibson,Brandon. A-4850.
San Jose State Head Coach George Nessman
On the loss to Louisiana Tech:
"These guys have won a lot of games in a row and deservedly so. They really go after the ball hard. We had too many turnovers in the first half and allowed them to build their lead. [They had] 24 points off turnovers and that is just too many. You can't give 20-plus points off turnovers and that was the story of our road trip. That is a bad formula and we need to be stronger with the ball. I understand Louisiana Tech is a good pressure team but regardless of that we still have to handle the ball strong. We didn't do a good enough job of that, particularly in the first half."
On San Jose State not shooting well in the game:
"I don't think we shot the ball as well as we did Thursday [at UT Arlington]. This is a tough road trip for us and Louisiana Tech has won 18 in a row - that is a lot. It was a tough deal for us; Chris [Cunningham] got in foul trouble early and he is an important part of our team. He also didn't handle the ball very well and that feeds right into their strength."
On Louisiana Tech dictating the pace of play:
"They seem, to me, to not be as concerned about balance as they want their guys playing at a certain tempo and wanting their shots going up. That encourages a certain pace game. It works for them because they are able to get almost every team in our league into a tempo game and boy, are they hard to beat in a tempo game. That is a hard situation for any team and it certainly was a hard situation for us."
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