Men's Basketball Lowest Point Total in 73-37 Loss

Denver, Colo.-A poor shooting performance and too many long scoring droughts helped doom the San Jose State men's basketball team in a 73-37 loss at Denver Thursday night in a Western Athletic Conference game.

For the first time this season, no Spartan scored in double figures.  Chris Cunningham and LaVanne Pennington each had eight points to lead the team.  Cunningham led the team with six rebounds.

San Jose State made a season-low 14 field goals and scored a season-low 37 points in the loss, the lowest point total since scoring 40 against Cal Poly lost December at The Event Center.  The Spartans made just 14-of-50 shots from the field.

The Spartans kept the game close in the first three minutes of the game, trailing just 5-4 on a Pennington layup at 16:51.  However, over the next 9:22, San Jose State scored five points, all free throws, and did not make a field goal until a Pennington three-pointer at 7:29. 

San Jose State again cut the Pioneer lead to 21-16 on a Stephon Smith layup, but Denver then went on an 11-0 run to open up a double-digit lead and never looked back.

"We have to take collective responsibility for a defeat like this," said Spartan head coach George Nessman.  "We played very poorly. We got outplayed, out competed and out coached. Our inability to score just set the tone for the whole game.  We are not making perimeter jump shots right now.

"Give Denver credit, they are clicking right now.  They are a tough matchup for us.  They challenged us to make jump shots.  As head coach, I have to take this.  It is on me.  Our team did not do what we needed to do."

San Jose State now travels to New Mexico State for a game on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. MST/6 p.m. PST.  The game will be shown on AggieVision and available on ESPN3.com.

San Jose State vs Denver

01/17/13 7:00 p.m. at Denver, Colo. (Magness Arena)

At Denver, Colo. (Magness Arena)

DENVER 73, SAN JOSE STATE 37

SAN JOSE STATE (9-8, 3-3 WAC)

Cunningham, Chris 3-10 2-2 8; Pennington, LaVanne 3-11 0-0 8; Andoh, David 2-10 2-2 6; Brown, Alex 2-4 1-4 5; Smith, Stephon 1-2 2-2 4; Moor, Aalim 1-2 0-0 2; Jones, Xavier 1-4 0-3 2; Jones, Chris 1-4 0-0 2; VanKirk, Mike 0-0 0-0 0; Williams, Jaleel 0-1 0-0 0; Brown, D.J. 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 14-50 7-13 37.

DENVER (10-7, 6-1 WAC)

Udofia, Chris 5-6 5-5 15; Olson, Brett 6-8 0-0 15; Griffin, Cam 3-5 2-2 8; O'Neale, Royce 1-5 4-4 7; Foeman, Blake 2-2 0-0 6; Love, Jalen 3-6 0-0 6; Rucker, Bryant 2-3 0-0 4; Samac, Dom 2-2 0-0 4; Hallam, Chase 1-6 0-0 3; Byrd, Marcus 1-3 0-0 3; Engesser, Nate 1-2 0-0 2; Logan, Jake 0-0 0-0 0;

Webb, Charles 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-48 11-11 73.

San Jose State................   18   19  -   37

Denver........................   34   39  -   73

3-point goals--San Jose State 2-10 (Pennington, LaVanne 2-6; Jones, Chris 0-1; Williams, Jaleel 0-1; Brown, D.J. 0-2), Denver 8-19 (Olson, Brett 3-4; Foeman, Blake 2-2; O'Neale, Royce 1-3; Hallam, Chase 1-5; Byrd, Marcus 1-2; Engesser, Nate 0-1; Love, Jalen 0-1; Griffin, Cam 0-1). Fouled out--San Jose State-None, Denver-None. Rebounds--San Jose State 28 (Cunningham, Chris 6), Denver 31 (O'Neale, Royce 10). Assists--San Jose State 4 (Brown, D.J. 2), Denver 22 (O'Neale, Royce 5; Hallam, Chase 5). Total fouls--San Jose State 10, Denver 11. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, Denver-None. A-1406.

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