Spartans' Season Ends In Mountain West Championship Opener

Chris Cunningham scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his final game as a Spartan.

March 12, 2014

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Las Vegas, Nev. - The San Jose State men's basketball team missed their first eight shots from the floor and didn't score their first point, a free throw, against the Boise State Broncos until 10:56 was left in the first half. By that point Boise State had made 8-of 13 shots, built a 25-1 lead and cruised to an 83-52 win in the opening round of the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championship.

The 11th seed Spartans suffered their worst shooting half of the season, making just 4-of-27 shot attempts (14.8 percent) and had more made free throws, six, than field goals in the first 20 minutes.  Boise State shot 62 percent (18-of-29) for the half, 52 percent for the game (29-of-56), and led 46-14 at intermission. 

The Spartans led in the rebounding battle 45-to-31, including 20-to-7 on the offensive glass, which was also the difference in second chance points, 20-7 in San José State's favor.

Boise State, the six seed, used a full court press throughout most of the game, forcing 17 turnovers and converting them in to 21 points.

The 31-point defeat was the largest for the Spartans this year. 

Senior Chris Cunningham, in his final game as a Spartan, led the team with 11 points and nine rebounds.  Rashad Muhammad finished with 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range.  DJ Brown had six assists. 

Derrick Marks led the Broncos with 17 points.  He was one of four Boise State players to score in double figures in the game.

San Jose State ends its inaugural season under head coach Dave Wojcik with a 7-24 record.

San José State vs Boise State

03/12/14 7:00 pm at Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center)

BOISE STATE 83, SAN JOSÉ STATE 52

SAN JOSÉ STATE (7-24)

Muhammad, Rashad 6-12 0-0 13; Cunningham, Chris 2-7 7-9 11; Alexander, Dylan 2-6 3-4 7; James, Jalen 2-9 0-0 6; Brown, D.J. 2-6 0-0 5; Wilson, Devante 1-7 1-2 3; Thornton, Isaac 0-3 3-4 3; Williams, Jaleel 1-5 0-0 2; Mitchell, Brandon 1-4 0-0 2; Pollard, Matt 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-60 14-19 52.

BOISE STATE (20-12)

MARKS,Derrick 5-9 7-9 17; WATKINS,Ryan 5-5 4-4 14; BROPLEH,Thomas 4-10 2-3 12; HADZIOMEROVIC,Igor 5-6 0-0 10; TRENT,Dezmyn 2-3 2-2 7; THOMPSON,Mikey 3-7 0-1 6; DUKULIS,Edmunds 3-5 0-1 6; ELORRIAGA,Jeff 1-3 2-2 5; HANSTAD,Joe 0-0 4-4 4; DRMIC,Anthony 1-4 0-0 2; NEBEKER,Joey 0-4 0-0 0; DUNCAN,Nick 0-0 0-0 0; NESS,Jake 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 21-26 83.

San José State................   14   38  -   52

Boise State...................   46   37  -   83

3-point goals--San José State 4-27 (James, Jalen 2-7; Brown, D.J. 1-4; Muhammad, Rashad 1-3; Wilson, Devante 0-5; Thornton, Isaac 0-2; Williams, Jaleel 0-3; Alexander, Dylan 0-2; Cunningham, Chris 0-1), Boise State 4-14 (BROPLEH,Thomas 2-5; ELORRIAGA,Jeff 1-3; TRENT,Dezmyn 1-1; THOMPSON,Mikey 0-1; DRMIC,Anthony 0-1; NEBEKER,Joey 0-2; MARKS,Derrick 0-1). Fouled out--San José State-None, Boise State-None. Rebounds--San José State 45 (Cunningham, Chris 9), Boise State 31 (WATKINS,Ryan 4; MARKS,Derrick 4; TRENT,Dezmyn 4). Assists--San José State 11 (Brown, D.J. 6), Boise State 15 (ELORRIAGA,Jeff 4). Total fouls--San José State 19, Boise State 14. Technical fouls--San José State-None, Boise State-None. A-5824