Men's Basketball Comeback Falls Short In 78-69 Loss

Nov. 4, 2013

Final Stats 

Postgame Player Interview

Dave Wojcik Postgame Interview

San Jose, Calif.------ San Jose State University erased a 14-point second-half deficit before losing to Cal State Monterey Bay, 78-69, in a men’s basketball exhibition game.


            In their exhibition opener, the Spartans tied the game at 66-66 on a Jaleel Williams three-point play with 3:32 to go, but did not make a field goal the rest of the game.


            Playing its second exhibition game, Cal State Monterey Bay picked up the win making eight of 10 free throws in the final 46.2 seconds for the victory.


            “We hit adversity tonight and that was good. It’s like I told the kids, you can pack it in or you can fight,” said San Jose State head coach Dave Wojcik. “They battled back, possession by possession and got back into the game. That’s a good sign from a coach’s standpoint.


            “It was a learning experience for everybody. I don’t like to lose. They’re (the players) mad and angry in there. Anger is a good emotion. It’s how you channel that emotion. It’s how you respond to it.”


            Forward Chris Cunningham led the Spartans with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Jalen James scored 16 and Rashad Muhammad chipped in with 15 for San Jose State.


            “One thing I learned, but I already knew this, is we’re definitely a scrappy team. We will play as hard as possible. We will never be out of a game,” said Cunningham. “From that standpoint, I am proud of the guys for fighting back.”


            Alex Fertig led the Otters with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Fertig found his way to the free throw line 23 times and made 5-of-6 in the closing moments for Cal State Monterey Bay.


            “They drove us. We weren’t talking very well. We didn’t have a sense of urgency defensively. We gave up open shots,” the Spartans coach said about his team’s overall defense. “That’s a big area we have to address as well.


            Both teams struggled from the field failing shooting less than 34 percent. San Jose State outrebounded Cal State Monterey Bay, 49-43, but committed 21 turnovers on the night.


            “In practice, those are shots we usually make. We weren’t knocking them down. Today wasn’t our day,” James said about the Spartans’ shot selection.


            “Our goal every game is 12 or less. Obviously, we didn’t come close to that and we gave up too many easy baskets the other way… We have to value the basketball better.”


            The Spartans play their final exhibition game, Wednesday, November 6, hosting Pacific Union, in a 7:00 p.m. game at The Event Center.


At San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center)



Fertig, Alex 5-14 17-23 31; Nitz, Ryan 6-13 1-2 14; Murphy, Devin 6-9 0-0 13; Cole, Brandon 1-7 5-6 8; Zeller, Evan 2-5 0-0 5; Thomas, James 1-3 0-0 3; Scott, Jorey 1-5 0-0 2; Gallop, Kris 1-6 0-2 2; Smith, Isaiah 0-5 0-0 0; Darkwa, Tim 0-1 0-0 0; Hall, Dolyn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-68 23-33 78.


Cunningham, Chris 4-6 9-10 17; James, Jalen 5-14 5-6 16; Muhammad, Rashad 5-13 3-4 15; Williams, Jaleel 2-9 3-4 8; Brown, D.J. 2-4 2-3 7; Mitchell, Brandon 1-6 3-5 5; Thornton, Isaac 0-1 1-4 1; Pollard, Matt 0-0 0-0 0; Wilson, Devante 0-5 0-0 0; VanKirk, Mike 0-0 0-0 0; Alexander, Dylan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-59 26-36 69.

CSU Monterey Bay..............   40   38  -   78

San José State................   34   35  -   69

3-point goals--CSU Monterey Bay 9-21 (Fertig, Alex 4-7; Thomas, James 1-3; Zeller, Evan 1-4; Cole, Brandon 1-2; Murphy, Devin 1-2; Nitz, Ryan 1-3), San José State 5-27 (Muhammad, Rashad 2-7; Brown, D.J. 1-2; Williams, Jaleel 1-5; James, Jalen 1-5; Wilson, Devante 0-4; Alexander, Dylan 0-1; Mitchell, Brandon 0-3). Fouled out--CSU Monterey Bay-Gallop, Kris; Scott, Jorey, San José State-None. Rebounds--CSU Monterey Bay 43 (Fertig, Alex 9), San José State 49 (Cunningham, Chris 17). Assists--CSU Monterey Bay 12 (Cole, Brandon 3; Murphy, Devin 3), San José State 10 (James, Jalen 3). Total fouls—CSU Monterey Bay 29, San José State 27. Technical fouls--CSU Monterey Bay-None, San José State-None. A-1321

Exhibition Game

Flagrant 1 Foul on SJS #1 at 2:51 Second Half