Men's Hoops Struggles Offensively In Loss To UTA

San Jose, Calif.-----The San Jose State University men's basketball team knows the Spartans must find ways to make baskets.

"We didn't make shots. It's hard to win when you shoot 20 percent," said Chris Cunningham, who was the Spartans' only double-figure scorer with 13 points and 10 rebounds as San Jose State dropped a 66-47 decision to UT Arlington in a Western Athletic Conference men's basketball game.

San Jose State (9-11, 3-6 WAC) shot a season-low 21.9 percent from the field and was 4-of-25 from 3-point range. The Spartans were 6-of-36 in the first half and found themselves trailing, 38-19.

"Our shooting woes are of Olympian proportions," said head coach George Nessman. "We have to re-double our efforts to work our way through it."

The Spartans coach tried nearly every playing combination possible.  The starting five of Louis Garrett, Cunningham, Alex Brown, D.J. Brown and LaVanne Pennington combined to shoot 5-of-29 from the floor. Seven reserves were slightly better at a combined 9-for-35.

San Jose State made one run at UT Arlington (10-8, 5-4 WAC) early in the second half scoring 11 consecutive points to cut a 38-19 halftime deficit to 45-35 with 12:15 to go. But the Mavericks put the game away responding with a 15-0 run of their own for the game's biggest lead, 60-35 with 6:13 remaining.

UT Arlington forward Greg Gainey scored a season-high 17 points for the Mavericks. Forward Kevin Butler came off the bench with 13 points and a season-high 10 rebounds as UT Arlington completed its second conference road sweep and remained unbeaten in four WAC games away from home.

            "We just got to make shots. It's a matter of putting the ball in the basket," said guard Aalim Moor who finished with 5 points following a career-high 14 points two nights earlier against Louisiana Tech.


UT Arlington vs San Jose State 01/26/13 7:00 p.m. at San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center) UT ARLINGTON 66, SAN JOSE STATE 47
UT ARLINGTON (10-8, 5-4 WAC) Gainey, Greg 6-10 5-6 17; Butler, Kevin 4-8 2-2 13; White-Miller, Shaq 4-5 3-4 12; Outler, Jamel 3-5 0-0 7; Edwards, Brandon 2-4 2-2 6; Reves, Jordan 0-2 6-8 6; Catlett, Cameron 1-6 2-3 4; Charles, Drew 0-0 1-2 1; McElvain, Kyle 0-1 0-0 0; Davis, Luke 0-1 0-0 0; Gruszecki, Karol 0-5 0-0 0; Rodgers, Deon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-47 21-27 66.
SAN JOSE STATE (9-11, 3-6 WAC) Cunningham, Chris 2-9 9-9 13; Jones, Xavier 2-7 0-1 5; Grieves, Nick 2-6 0-0 5; Moor, Aalim 2-5 0-0 5; Brown, Alex 2-2 0-0 4; Williams, Jaleel 1-1 1-2 4; Pennington, LaVanne 1-12 1-2 3; Brown, D.J. 0-7 3-4 3; Jones, Chris 1-3 0-0 2; Andoh, David 1-2 0-0 2; Smith, Stephon 0-5 1-3 1; Garrett, Louis 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 14-64 15-21 47.
UT Arlington..................   38   28  -   66 San Jose State................   19   28  -   47
3-point goals--UT Arlington 5-14 (Butler, Kevin 3-5; White-Miller, Shaq 1-2; Outler, Jamel 1-2; Catlett, Cameron 0-1; McElvain, Kyle 0-1; Gruszecki, Karol 0-3), San Jose State 4-25 (Williams, Jaleel 1-1; Jones, Xavier 1-2; Moor, Aalim 1-4; Grieves, Nick 1-5; Jones, Chris 0-1; Garrett, Louis 0-4; Brown, D.J. 0-5; Pennington, LaVanne 0-3). Fouled out--UT Arlington-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--UT Arlington 41 (Butler, Kevin 10), San Jose State 39 (Cunningham, Chris 10). Assists--UT Arlington 12 (Catlett, Cameron 5), San Jose State 8 (Brown, D.J. 3; Moor, Aalim 3). Total fouls--UT Arlington 19, San Jose State 20. Technical fouls--UT Arlington-None, San Jose State-None. A-1027.