Men's Hoops Fall 74-61 To Wyoming At MW Tournament

March 7, 2018

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Las Vegas, Nev. - A 19-3 run to end the first half and start the second turned a four-point game into 20 and the San José State men's basketball team's season came to an end in a 74-61 loss to the Wyoming Cowboys in the 2018 Mountain West Tournament.

Two Spartans accounted for 80 percent of the team's 61 total points. Jaycee Hillsman scored a career-high 24 points and Ryan Welage totaled 25.

The teams played an entertaining first half and after a Hillsman jumper the score was 34-30 Wyoming (20-12) with 2:19 to play before halftime, but that is when the SJSU went cold and the Cowboys heated up.

Over the next five and a half minutes the Spartans (4-26) went 0-for-6 from the floor, while the Wyoming was 7-for-10 and essentially ended the competitive part of the game.

Wyoming's Justin James led his team with 24 points on 9-for-9 shooting from floor including 3-for-3 from beyond the three-point line and 3-for-3 from the free throw line. He was one of four Cowboys in double figures in the game.

The teams put on an offensive display in the first 20 minutes with SJSU hitting 46 percent from the floor and Wyoming shooting 53 percent.

Hillsman and Welage were the only Spartans to score in the first half and another SJSU player didn't score until Caleb Simmons hit a pair of free throws with 16:12 left in the game.

The Spartans closed the game on a 7-0 run in the final 1:48 to make it 13-point margin at the final buzzer.

Wyoming advances in the tournament and will play the #3 seed New Mexico Lobos on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.


Newspaper Box Score

San José State vs Wyoming
03/07/18 4:00 PM at Las Vegas, Nevada (Thomas & Mack Center)
At Las Vegas, Nevada (Thomas & Mack Center)

WYOMING 74, SAN JOSé STATE 61

SAN JOSé STATE (4-26)
Welage, Ryan 9-16 2-2 25; Hillsman, Jaycee 9-16 3-4 24; FISHER, Keith 2-6
0-0 4; Barry, Oumar 2-4 0-0 4; Nichols, Isaiah 1-3 0-0 2; Simmons, Caleb 0-0
2-2 2; James, Jalen 0-3 0-0 0; Chastain, Ashtin 0-2 0-0 0; Baumann, Noah 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 23-51 7-8 61.

WYOMING (20-12)
JAMES, Justin 9-9 3-3 24; HERNDON, Alan 6-7 1-3 15; AKA GORSKI,Alexander
4-10 0-0 11; DALTON, Hayden 4-14 1-2 10; KELLEY, Cody 2-2 1-2 6; ADAMS,
Louis 3-6 0-0 6; MOEMEKA, Andrew 1-2 0-0 2; JONES, Brodricks 0-1 0-0 0;
AVERBUCK, Sam 0-0 0-0 0; MALDONADO, Hunter 0-1 0-0 0; REDDING, Nyaires 0-3
0-0 0; MUELLER, Austin 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 6-10 74.

San José State................ 30 31 - 61
Wyoming....................... 40 34 - 74

3-point goals--San José State 8-18 (Welage, Ryan 5-8; Hillsman, Jaycee 3-6;
Barry, Oumar 0-2; James, Jalen 0-1; Baumann, Noah 0-1), Wyoming 10-28 (AKA
GORSKI,Alexander 3-9; JAMES, Justin 3-3; HERNDON, Alan 2-3; DALTON, Hayden
1-7; KELLEY, Cody 1-1; MALDONADO, Hunter 0-1; REDDING, Nyaires 0-2; MUELLER,
Austin 0-1; ADAMS, Louis 0-1). Fouled out--San José State-FISHER, Keith,
Wyoming-None. Rebounds--San José State 30 (Welage, Ryan 5; Barry, Oumar 5),
Wyoming 28 (HERNDON, Alan 4; JAMES, Justin 4; DALTON, Hayden 4).
Assists--San José State 13 (Hillsman, Jaycee 4), Wyoming 20 (DALTON, Hayden
6). Total fouls--San José State 16, Wyoming 12. Technical fouls--San José
State-None, Wyoming-None. A-4994
2018 Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships First Round
Winner advances to Thursday's quarterfinal vs New Mexico at 8:30 pm