Laramie, Wyo. ---- The Spartans and Cowboys went back-and-forth throughout the second half in a two-possession game, but Wyoming had the upper hand throughout and handed San José State a 74-62 loss in the regular season finale of Mountain West play.
Wyoming which has made 10 or more 3-point baskets in eight consecutive games used a pair of shots from downtown by Cody Kelley and Hayden Dalton to secure the win. Kelley'ss bucket made it 67-58 with 1:35 to go and after an empty Spartans possession, Dalton nailed another one.
“We talked about taking away the 3-point line,” Wojcik said. You’re not going to beat a team when they hit 11 out of 21 from three and shoot 50 percent for the game.”
San José State turned the ball over 21 times – tying a season high – leading to 22 points for the Cowboys. SJSU turned the ball over 16 times in the first half alone, yet trailed by just five 36-31 at the break.
Wyoming took the lead with an 8-0 run midway through the opening period, but Clarke put an end to it quickly. He stole a pass near the top of the 3-point arc and took it the distance for an up-and-under jam. On the next possession Welage hit a jumper that brought the Spartans within two, 23-21.
A pair of Brandon Mitchell free throws gave the Spartans a 28-27 lead – which would be the last for SJSU – with 4:53 to go in the half. But Wyoming closed the half on a 9-3 run and the three for SJSU was Clarke’s first triple of the season and second of his career.
With 20 points, Clarke notched his ninth Mountain West game with at least that many points. He did it on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor.
Wyoming had five players in double-figure scoring for the game, led by Justin James with 15 points. Alan Herndon scored 13 points, Dalton finished with 11 points while Kelley and Jeremy Lieberman each had 10.
The Spartans shot 44.2 percent (23-52) from the field while Wyoming shot 50.0 percent (24-48). The Cowboys made 11-of-21 from downtown while SJSU was 5-of-13.
The loss makes San José State the No. 9 seed in next week’s Mountain West Championship Tournament in Las Vegas. The Spartans will take on #8-Utah State in the tournament’s opening game on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. (PT) at the Thomas & Mack Center.
San Jose State vs Wyoming
WYOMING 74, SAN JOSE STATE 62
SAN JOSE STATE (14-15, 7-11 MW)
WYOMING (18-13, 8-10 MW)
San Jose State................ 31 31 - 62