Men's Hoops Struggles Against Utah State

San Jose, Calif.-----Utah State swingman Spencer Butterfield had game-high totals of 22 points and 10 rebounds leading the Aggies to a 63-36 Western Athletic Conference men's basketball victory.

            The win for Utah State (17-5, 8-4 WAC) was its third in a row and 12th consecutive over the Spartans (9-14, 3-9 WAC).

            For Butterfield, it was his fifth straight game in double figures for points and rebounds. The 6-foot-3 junior was 9-of-11 from the field and made all three of his 3-point basket tries.

            San Jose State scored a season low in its eighth loss in a row. The Spartans shooting problems continued. For the 11th game in a row, the Spartans failed to convert 50 percent of their field goal tries with its 26.5 field goal percentage.

           "We're in a three-to-four week stretch where we are not hitting two jump shots in a row. You cannot win basketball games that way," said San Jose State head coach George Nessman.

            Utah State shot 51.9 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three-point range. The Aggies also had a decided rebounding advantage, 38-24.

            D.J. Brown led San Jose State in scoring with 16 points. Forward Chris Cunningham added 10 and a team-best nine rebounds.

            "We're just not shooting well. There's effort. We're just going to keep working. We're not going to stop," said Brown, who scored in double-figures for the third game in a row.

             Nessman also announced that guard James Kinney is supended for the remainder of the season. Kinney played in 14 of the first 15 games and was averaging 20.6 points a game.

             "No question, his absence affected our team in powerful ways. When you have a player who is an elite scorer, the game gets easier for everybody else. Now, the game is harder on everybody else. James had success as a Division I player and that's another factor," said the San Jose State head coach. "You can't ignore the elephant in the room. It's obvious. 'When did they start struggling?' You put two-and-two together and you get four."

 

Utah State vs San Jose State 02/08/12 7:00 p.m. 
At San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center) UTAH STATE 63, SAN JOSE STATE 36
UTAH STATE (17-5, 8-4 WAC) Butterfield, Spencer 9-11 1-1 22; Shaw, Jarred 6-13 0-1 12; Davis, Marcel 5-8 0-0 12; Roland, TeNale 3-7 0-0 7; Jean, Marvin 2-4 0-0 6; Clifford, Ben 1-5 0-0 2; Lopez, Matt 1-2 0-1 2; Stone, Jordan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-52 1-3 63.
SAN JOSE STATE (9-14, 3-9 WAC) Brown, D.J. 5-13 2-2 16; Cunningham, Chris 4-8 2-2 10; Andoh, David 1-3 2-4 4; Jones, Xavier 2-8 0-1 4; Brown, Alex 1-2 0-0 2; Grieves, Nick 0-4 0-0 0; Garrett, Louis 0-6 0-0 0; VanKirk, Mike 0-0 0-0 0; Smith, Stephon 0-1 0-0 0; Moor, Aalim 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 13-49 6-9 36.
Utah State....................   34   29  -   63 San Jose State................   16   20  -   36
3-point goals--Utah State 8-17 (Butterfield, Spencer 3-3; Davis, Marcel 2-3; Jean, Marvin 2-3; Roland, TeNale 1-5; Clifford, Ben 0-2; Shaw, Jarred 0-1), San Jose State 4-20 (Brown, D.J. 4-9; Jones, Xavier 0-1; Grieves, Nick 0-4; Garrett, Louis 0-3; Moor, Aalim 0-3). Fouled out--Utah State-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--Utah State 38 (Butterfield, Spencer 10), San Jose State 24 (Cunningham, Chris 9). Assists--Utah State 9 (Davis, Marcel 3), San Jose State 7 (Garrett, Louis 3). Total fouls--Utah State 15, San Jose State 10. Technical fouls--Utah State-None, San Jose State-None. A-1876