Pennington Leads Spartans In His Final Game

Las Vegas, Nev. - In his final game as a Spartan, LaVanne Pennington scored a career-high 21 points but the San Jose State men's basketball team lost 67-49 to the UTSA Roadrunners in the opening round of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament.

Pennington made 9-of-21 (42 percent) from the floor and accounted for half of the team's 18 field goals on the night with the rest of the team going 9-of-35 (25 percent) for the game.

Chris Cunningham was the only other Spartan in double figures.  He had 12 points and led the team with 9 rebounds, but picked up three fouls in the first half and his fourth with 17:03 to play in the game. 

San Jose State was looking to get the ball to Cunningham in the lane early on, but UTSA, the No. 9 seed, denied the inside game.  San Jose State tried to open the Roadrunner defense up with outside shooting, but missed their first 15 3-pointers, including 10 in the first half, and made just 2 in 21 attempts.

The Spartans, the No. 8 seed, had two extended scoring droughts in the game.  In the first half, they went nearly seven minutes without a point, shot 7-of-26 overall and trailed 28-16 at the half.

The Spartans (9-20) again went without a bucket for the opening five minutes of the second half and trailed by 19 points, with just over 14 minutes to play.  They cut the lead to 10 points at the 5:01 mark but could not get the advantage to single digits and fell by 18.

UTSA (9-21) had four players in double figures led by Jeromie Hill with 21 and 10 rebounds.  They shot 37 percent in the first half, but picked it up in the second hitting 18-of-29 (62 percent) and finished ended the game at 50 percent.

UTSA vs San Jose State

03/12/13 8:30 pm at Orleans Arena (Las Vegas, NV)

UTSA 67, SAN JOSE STATE 49

UTSA (9-21)

Hill, Jeromie 8-15 5-5 21; Burrage, Kannon 8-14 4-5 20; McGregor, Edrico 7-7 0-1 14; Hale III, Michael 4-13 1-3 10; Thomas, Hyjii 1-3 0-0 2; Sims, Jordan 0-2 0-0 0; Wilkins, Larry 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-56 10-14 67.

SAN JOSE STATE (9-20)

Pennington, LaVanne 9-21 2-3 21; Cunningham, Chris 3-4 6-6 12; Williams, Jaleel 3-9 1-2 8; Brown, D.J. 1-8 1-2 3; Smith, Stephon 1-4 1-2 3; Garrett, Louis 1-7 0-0 2; Andoh, David 0-2 0-2 0; VanKirk, Mike 0-0 0-0 0; Moor, Aalim 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-56 11-17 49.

UTSA..........................   28   39  -   67

San Jose State................   16   33  -   49

3-point goals--UTSA 1-11 (Hale III, Michael 1-3; Burrage, Kannon 0-1; Thomas, Hyjii 0-2; Sims, Jordan 0-2; Hill, Jeromie 0-3), San Jose State 2-21 (Pennington, LaVanne 1-9; Williams, Jaleel 1-3; Brown, D.J. 0-4; Garrett, Louis 0-5). Fouled out--UTSA-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--UTSA 37 (Hill, Jeromie 10), San Jose State 36 (Cunningham, Chris 9). Assists-UTSA 13 (Hale III, Michael 5), San Jose State 5 (Brown, D.J. 3). Total fouls--UTSA 19, San Jose State 19. Technical fouls--UTSA-None, San Jose State-None.  Att. - 1086.