Utah State Tops San Jose State, 71-61

San Jose, Calif.-----Guard James Kinney scored 24 points and forward Wil Carter scored 19 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for San Jose State, but the Spartans dropped a 71-61 decision to Utah State.

Guard Preston Medlin led all players with 26 as Utah State (26-24, 7-6 WAC) shot 55.1 percent from the field winning its second game in a row. Medlin was 9-of-13 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range and was coming off a career-high 32 points six nights earlier in Utah State's 67-50 win at Idaho.

Guards Brockeith Pane and Mitch Bruneel also scored in double-figures for Utah State with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

San Jose State (9-20, 1-12 WAC) led once, 34-33 with 18:36 remaining in the game after a pair of free throws by forward Wil Carter. Kinney kept the Spartans in the game in the first half with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and three 3-point baskets.

"Credit Utah State, they played with a lot of poise. They haven't had a lot of success on the road. They played with a lot of poise in the second half," said San Jose State coach George Nessman. "We just broke down too many times in the second half defensively.

"They ran some triangle-and-two defense, not guarding some of our players, literally. We were getting wide-open shots and we didn't convert any of them. That's where they got the separation."

Utah State went on a 13-2 run over a 2:38 span to build its first double-digit lead of the second half, 46-36, with 15:58 to go. The Aggies led by as many as 15 points twice after that.

San Jose State shot the ball reasonably well in the first 20 minutes of the game, but was just 9-for-28 from the field after halftime.

For the first time in eight conference games, the Spartans out-rebounded a conference opponent, 34-21.

"It was a disappointing game. What makes it doubly so is it was sort of a replay of some of our other games. We were fighting hard, scrapping, doing those things correctly. We're not playing bad basketball, but we're not playing good enough to win."

San Jose State will have one more chance for a regular season victory when it hosts Idaho, Saturday, March 3, at The Event Center. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

Utah State vs San Jose State
3/1/12 7:00 p.m. at The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
At The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.

UTAH STATE 71, SAN JOSE STATE 61

UTAH STATE (16-14, 7-6 WAC)
Medlin, Preston 9-13 3-3 26; Pane, Brockeith 5-11 4-5 14; Bruneel, Mitch 4-5
0-2 12; Reed, Kyisean 4-5 0-0 8; Grim, Morgan 2-5 1-2 5; Stone, Jordan 1-1
0-0 2; Clifford, Ben 1-1 0-0 2; Farris, E.J. 1-4 0-0 2; Berger, Danny 0-3
0-0 0; Thoseby, Adam 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-49 8-12 71.

SAN JOSE STATE (9-20, 1-12 WAC)
Kinney, James 10-20 0-0 24; Carter, Wil 6-8 7-8 19; Shamburger, Keith 5-10
2-2 13; Douglas, Calvin 0-9 2-2 2; Jones, Chris 1-6 0-0 2; Ballard, Matt 0-2
1-2 1; Ton, Garrett 0-0 0-0 0; Pennington, Lavanne 0-0 0-0 0; Brown, D.J.
0-1 0-0 0; Smith, Stephon 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 12-14 61.
Utah State....................   33   38  -   71
San Jose State................   30   31  -   61

3-point goals--Utah State 9-19 (Medlin, Preston 5-8; Bruneel, Mitch 4-5;
Farris, E.J. 0-2; Berger, Danny 0-2; Pane, Brockeith 0-2), San Jose State
5-18 (Kinney, James 4-9; Shamburger, Keith 1-4; Douglas, Calvin 0-5). Fouled
out--Utah State-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--Utah State 21 (Reed,
Kyisean 5; Medlin, Preston 5), San Jose State 34 (Carter, Wil 13).
Assists--Utah State 18 (Pane, Brockeith 6), San Jose State 13 (Douglas,
Calvin 3; Shamburger, Keith 3). Total fouls--Utah State 15, San Jose State
15. Technical fouls--Utah State-None, San Jose State-None. A-1563