Texas State Men Too Much For Spartans

San Jose, Calif.-----Center Joel Wright scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds leading Texas State to a 90-67 win over San Jose State in the regular-season finale for both teams.

 

            The Bobcats (10-21, 5-13 WAC) had their season-high point total and best shooting game of the season with a 64.7 overall field goal percentage and 55.6 percent from 3-point range. Texas State converted 11-of-17 three-point basket tries in its fourth conference road win of the season.

 

            “They (Texas State) started out making everything and their strong shooting continued the whole game. They just wouldn’t let us catch up. They kept making shots,” said San Jose State coach George Nessman. “I was impressed with the way they ran their offense. We just couldn’t get enough stops to make it as competitive as we wanted it to be.

 

            “When your defense can’t get stops, it’s really hard to win a basketball game. It’s really hard to win a game when we give up 90. We really don’t have the firepower to play with a team when we give up 90 points.”

 

            San Jose State (9-19, 3-13 WAC) faced a Texas State that made its first five field goal attempts and trailed the entire game The Spartans, which made 35,5 percent of their field goal tries, trailed 52-40 at halftime and were behind 75-48 with 9:06 to go.

 

            Each team had three players in double figures. Besides Wright’s 25, forward Matt Staff scored 15 and guard Deonte Jones added 12.

 

            Forward Chris Cunningham led San Jose State in scoring and rebounding with 17 points and seven rebounds. Freshman forward David Andoh had his first double-figure scoring game of the season with 12 points and reserve guard LaVanne Pennington chipped in with 10 points.

 

            Texas State will play Seattle University in a first-round Western Athletic Conference Tournament game, Tuesday, March 12, at 6:00 p.m. in Las Vegas. San Jose State takes on UTSA in the 8:30 p.m. nightcap.

Newspaper Box Score
Texas State vs San Jose State
3/9/13 7:00 p.m. at San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center)

TEXAS STATE 90, SAN JOSE STATE 67


TEXAS STATE (10-21, 5-13 WAC)
Wright, Joel 7-10 6-7 21; Staff, Matt 7-10 0-0 15; Jones, Deonte' 5-9 0-0
12; Koenen, Reid 3-5 2-2 9; Brown, Basil 4-6 0-0 9; Hawkins, Phil 1-3 4-4 7;
Jones, Vonn 2-2 0-0 6; Dorsey, Ray 2-2 0-2 4; Stern, Corey 1-1 1-2 4; Davis,
Wesley 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 33-51 13-17 90.

SAN JOSE STATE (9-19, 3-13 WAC)
Cunningham, Chris 4-9 9-11 17; Andoh, David 5-8 2-5 12; Pennington, LaVanne
3-9 2-4 10; Brown, D.J. 3-11 0-0 8; Garrett, Louis 3-11 0-0 7; Moor, Aalim
2-4 0-0 5; Williams, Jaleel 2-3 0-0 5; Smith, Stephon 0-5 2-2 2; Jones,
Xavier 0-1 1-2 1; Grieves, Nick 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-62 16-24 67.
Texas State................... 52 38 - 90
San Jose State................ 40 27 - 67

3-point goals--Texas State 11-17 (Jones, Vonn 2-2; Jones, Deonte' 2-4;
Stern, Corey 1-1; Staff, Matt 1-3; Wright, Joel 1-1; Hawkins, Phil 1-2;
Brown, Basil 1-1; Davis, Wesley 1-1; Koenen, Reid 1-2), San Jose State 7-23
(Pennington, LaVanne 2-6; Brown, D.J. 2-7; Moor, Aalim 1-3; Williams, Jaleel
1-2; Garrett, Louis 1-5). Fouled out--Texas State-None, San Jose State-Moor,
Aalim. Rebounds--Texas State 33 (Wright, Joel 10), San Jose State 30
(Cunningham, Chris 7). Assists--Texas State 19 (Hawkins, Phil 5; Jones, Vonn
5), San Jose State 6 (Brown, D.J. 2; Moor, Aalim 2). Total fouls--Texas
State 18, San Jose State 21. Technical fouls--Texas State-Hawkins, Phil;
Brown, Basil; Davis, Wesley, San Jose State-Pennington, LaVanne; Williams,
Jaleel. A-2087
Flagrant two fouls- SJS #24, Texas State #10 (both ejected)
Second half, 4.1 seconds left