Spartans Push Nevada Before Losing 76-70


San Jose, Calif.-----James Kinney and Keith Shamburger were San Jose State's one-two scoring punch in the return match-up with Nevada. Kinney poured in 26 points including 11 in the first five minutes of the second half. Shamburger followed up a 21-point performance in the Fresno State win with 17.

             Nevada countered with forward Olek Czyz scoring a career-high 27 points and guard Malik Story tossing in 23 leading the Wolf Pack to a 76-70 win over the Spartans in a Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball game.

            Czyz scored 23 of his points after halftime with 15 coming in the final seven minutes with San Jose State (8-17, 1-9 WAC) trailing by just three points, 54-51. The 6-foot-7 senior forward was particularly effective inside with five offensive rebounds, all in the second half, which turned into seven second-chance points – the difference on the scoreboard.

            “Rebounding was the big thing. We got out rebounded by six and they had 15 offensive rebounds. That’s the story right there,” said San Jose State guard James Kinney, who led the Spartans in scoring with 26 points. Nevada (21-4, 10-1 WAC) outrebounded San Jose State, 37-31.

            “We called Olek’s number a lot at the end and he came up big,” said Nevada coach David Carter who added the Wolf Pack game plan was to contain the Spartans’ guard trio of Kinney, Shamburger and D.J. Brown.

            Kinney helped the Spartans wipe out an eight-point halftime deficit that grew to 13 early in the second half. The 6-foot-2 guard made his first five shots of the second including a pair of three-pointers.

            Brown’s first basket of the game, a three-pointer, tied the game at 48-48 with 12:40 to go. The Spartans had a chance to take the lead on their next possession, but Kinney missed a three-pointer. Overall, San Jose State shot 40 percent from three-point range (10-of-25) to keep their hopes alive.

            “Our guys played with real good intensity. Our overall basketball quality is getting higher. It’s a very important thing for our program short and long term. We made some defensive breakdowns that allowed (Malik) Story to get some looks. He’s not a guy you can leave open. We closed that window in the second half. And, then, Czyz got us in the second half,” said San Jose State coach George Nessman.

            “Overall, we did the things we needed to do to win the game. Yet, with four minutes to go, we couldn’t get that one stop and counter punch to get them on their heels.”

            Story hurt San Jose State often early making 5-of-6 three-pointers in the first half.

            Wil Carter was the only other Spartan in double-figure scoring with 12 points.


Nevada vs San Jose State
2/11/12 8:00 p.m. at Event Center


NEVADA (21-4, 10-1 WAC)
Czyz,Olek 10-18 7-8 27; Story,Malik 7-12 3-5 23; Hunt,Dario 5-12 1-2 11;
Burton,Deonte 2-7 2-4 6; Burris,Jordan 3-6 0-0 6; Evans, Jerry Jr. 1-2 0-0
3; Nyeko,Patrick 0-2 0-0 0; Finn,Jordan 0-0 0-0 0; Elliott,Devonte 0-1 0-0
0; Panzer,Kevin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-60 13-19 76.

SAN JOSE STATE (8-17, 1-9 WAC)
Kinney, James 9-19 2-3 26; Shamburger, Keith 6-13 2-2 17; Carter, Wil 6-11
0-0 12; Brown, D.J. 3-8 0-0 7; Jones, Chris 1-5 2-2 4; Ballard, Matt 1-1 1-2
3; Douglas, Calvin 0-1 1-2 1; Smith, Stephon 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 8-11
Nevada........................   35   41  -   76
San Jose State................   27   43  -   70

3-point goals--Nevada 7-19 (Story,Malik 6-11; Evans, Jerry Jr. 1-2;
Burton,Deonte 0-3; Burris,Jordan 0-2; Nyeko,Patrick 0-1), San Jose State
10-25 (Kinney, James 6-13; Shamburger, Keith 3-7; Brown, D.J. 1-4; Douglas,
Calvin 0-1). Fouled out--Nevada-None, San Jose State-Carter, Wil.
Rebounds--Nevada 37 (Hunt,Dario 12), San Jose State 31 (Jones, Chris 6).
Assists--Nevada 18 (Burton,Deonte 8), San Jose State 16 (Shamburger, Keith
6). Total fouls--Nevada 15, San Jose State 19. Technical fouls--Nevada-None,
San Jose State-None. A-2063