Spartans Drop 71-67 Decision To Louisiana Tech

San Jose, Calif.-----San Jose State guard Keith Shamburger had a chance to send the game into overtime, but his short jumper in the lane with five seconds remaining failed to fall and the Spartans lost to Louisiana Tech, 71-67, in a Western Athletic Conference men's basketball game.

            The loss was the fifth in a row for San Jose State (6-13, 0-5 WAC which had an 11-point first-half lead.

            Shamburger was one of three Spartans in double-figure scoring with 16 points. Teammate James Kinney led all players in scoring with 22 points. Forward Wil Carter added 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

            "We had a chance. It (Shamburger's shot) didn't go in. It's tough and very painful," said San Jose State coach George Nessman about the Spartans' latest loss.

            "It was a hard-fought game. In the last 10 minutes Louisiana Tech made more big shots. We missed some shots in the lane. We missed some shots that could have altered the game."

            The Spartans had control throughout most of the first half. D.J. Brown's three early 3-point baskets sparked a San Jose State offense that has struggled in conference play.

            "They are a good offensive team and have two really good guards along with Brown who hit his first three three-pointers which we did not expect," said Louisiana Tech Michael White.

            Brandon Gibson and Raheem Appleby each scored 19 points for Louisiana Tech (10-10, 2-3 WAC) that came up with a sweep of the Hawaii-San Jose State road trip. Trevor Gaskins added 12 points in a reserve role.

            San Jose State took a 33-31 lead into the second half. After four lead changes and four ties, a 3-pointer by Gibson put the Bulldogs ahead to stay, 57-54 with 9:29 remaining. Louisiana Tech, which shot 56.0 percent in the second half and 49 percent for the game, led by as many as six points the rest of the way.

            Though the Spartans made just 39.3 percent of their field goal tries, San Jose State managed to outrebound the Bulldogs, 34-31.

            San Jose State will play its third home game in five nights when the Spartans host Cal State Bakersfield, Monday, January 23, in a non-conference game.

Louisiana Tech vs San Jose State
01/21/12 6:00 p.m. at San Jose, Calif., The Event Center
At San Jose, Calif., The Event Center

LOUISIANA TECH 71, SAN JOSE STATE 67

LOUISIANA TECH (10-10, 2-3 WAC)
Appleby, Raheem 7-13 5-8 19; Gibson, Brandon 7-14 1-2 19; Gaskins, Trevor
3-6 5-5 12; Johnson, Cordarius 2-6 2-2 7; McNeail, Kenyon 2-8 0-0 5; Smith,
Kenneth 1-1 0-0 3; Kyser, Michale 1-1 0-0 2; Souza, Romario 1-1 0-0 2;
Lewis, J.L. 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 25-51 13-18 71.

SAN JOSE STATE (6-13, 0-5 WAC)
Kinney, James 7-14 6-6 22; Shamburger, Keith 5-18 3-4 16; Carter, Wil 6-10
0-0 12; Brown, D.J. 3-7 0-0 9; Jones, Chris 2-6 1-2 5; Smith, Stephon 1-3
1-2 3; Douglas, Calvin 0-2 0-0 0; Ballard, Matt 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-61
11-14 67.

Louisiana Tech................   31   40  -   71
San Jose State................   33   34  -   67

3-point goals--Louisiana Tech 8-25 (Gibson, Brandon 4-7; Johnson, Cordarius
1-5; Gaskins, Trevor 1-3; Smith, Kenneth 1-1; McNeail, Kenyon 1-5; Appleby,
Raheem 0-4), San Jose State 8-20 (Brown, D.J. 3-6; Shamburger, Keith 3-8;
Kinney, James 2-4; Douglas, Calvin 0-2). Fouled out--Louisiana Tech-None,
San Jose State-None. Rebounds--Louisiana Tech 31 (Lewis, J.L. 5; Appleby,
Raheem 5), San Jose State 34 (Carter, Wil 11). Assists--Louisiana Tech 15
(Appleby, Raheem 4; McNeail, Kenyon 4), San Jose State 19 (Shamburger, Keith
6; Brown, D.J. 6). Total fouls--Louisiana Tech 13, San Jose State 17.
Technical fouls--Louisiana Tech-None, San Jose State-None. A-1497