Garrett's 25 Points One Of Spartan Highlights

Arlington, Texas-The Spartans played one of their best games in the past six weeks, but 15 turnovers led to 22 UT Arlington points as San Jose State fell to the Mavericks 81-74 Thursday night at the College Park Center in a Western Athletic Conference game.

Louis Garrett led all scorers with a career-best 25 points.  He was 7-of-15 from the field including 5-for-10 from three-point range and 6-for-8 from the free throw line.  Garrett added three steals, two assists and a block in 36 minutes of action. 

"Louis got his rhythm tonight which is really encouraging," said Spartan head coach George Nessman.  "He making some early shots helped get his teammates more comfortable with their shooting. His hard work before, during and after practice is starting to pay off."

For the first time since January 8, four San Jose State starters scored in double figures.  After Garrett, D.J. Brown scored 16 points, followed by Chris Cunningham with 13 and Xavier Jones with 11.   Cunningham recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 13 rebounds.  Xavier Jones dished out a season-best five assists.

With two blocks in the game, Alex Brown moved up the San Jose State single-season list.  He is now tied for second with Menelik Barbary with 49 blocks in a season.  Brown would need 13 blocks to break the school record of 62 set by Gerald Thomas in 1987-88.

San Jose State also had one of its best shooting nights in over a month.  The team made 24 of its 57 attempts for 42.1 percent, the first time the team shot 40 percent or better since hosting Louisiana Tech on January 24.  The Spartans also made 10 three-point goals, the most since making 11 at Idaho on February 2.

For all the positives in the game, the Spartans turned the ball over 15 times, including 12 in the first half, which led to 22 Maverick points off the turnovers.

"I felt the difference of the game was points off turnovers especially in the first half," said Nessman.  "Their lead was built on our turnovers in the first half.  We got outscored by 17 points on turnovers in a 7-point loss.

"You take away the turnovers, our ball movement and shot choices were pretty good.  We had some guys step up and make some shots.   That has been a missing component in a lot of our games. "

San Jose State now travels to WAC leader #25 Louisiana Tech for a game on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST.  Spartan fans can listen on KLIV 1590 AM.

At Arlington, Texas (College Park Center)

UT ARLINGTON 81, SAN JOSE STATE 74

SAN JOSE STATE (9-17, 3-12)

Garrett, Louis 7-15 6-8 25; Brown, D.J. 4-11 5-8 16; Cunningham, Chris 5-9 3-3 13; Jones, Xavier 5-10 1-6 11; Pennington, LaVanne 2-6 0-0 6; Brown, Alex 1-1 0-0 2; Andoh, David 0-3 1-2 1; VanKirk, Mike 0-0 0-0 0; Smith, Stephon 0-1 0-0 0; Moor, Aalim 0-1 0-0 0; Williams, Jaleel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 16-27 74.

UT ARLINGTON (16-10, 10-5)

Outler, Jamel 5-9 2-4 15; Gruszecki, Karol 5-9 2-3 14; Gainey, Greg 5-9 3-4 13; Reves, Jordan 3-5 4-6 10; Charles, Drew 3-4 1-3 7; Butler, Kevin 2-11 2-2 6; White-Miller, Shaq 1-5 3-4 6; Catlett, Cameron 2-4 2-2 6; Edwards, Brandon 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 28-60 19-28 81.

San Jose State................   30   44  -   74

UT Arlington..................   39   42  -   81

3-point goals--San Jose State 10-25 (Garrett, Louis 5-10; Brown, D.J. 3-9; Pennington, LaVanne 2-5; Jones, Xavier 0-1), UT Arlington 6-17 (Outler, Jamel 3-6; Gruszecki, Karol 2-3; White-Miller, Shaq 1-3; Butler, Kevin 0-4; Edwards, Brandon 0-1). Fouled out--San Jose State-None, UT Arlington-None. Rebounds--San Jose State 39 (Cunningham, Chris 13), UT Arlington 36 (Reves, Jordan 9). Assists--San Jose State 16 (Jones, Xavier 5), UT Arlington 21 (White-Miller, Shaq 7). Total fouls--San Jose State 23, UT Arlington 23. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, UT Arlington-None. A-1308.

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