Men's Basketball Wins WAC Opener 72-55

San Marcos, Texas-San Jose State shot 51.8 percent from the field as three players scored in double figures to lead the Spartans to a 72-55 win at Texas State in the team's Western Athletic Conference season opener.

Louis Garrett led the Spartans with a season-best 16 points as he was 6-for-9 from the field.  James Kinney returned to the starting lineup and scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds.  Chris Cunningham recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

The Spartan defense also was key in the win, holding Texas State to just 32.3 percent from the field.  Bobcat leading scorer Matt Staff was held to just eight points, short of his 15.8 average.

"Today's win was a solid team effort, particularly with our defense," said Spartan head coach George Nessman.  "We were really dialed in, and everybody knew their assignment.  This was a solid victory from start to finish"

San Jose State (6-5, 1-0) shot 51.8 percent from the field, making 29-of-56 shots from the field.  The team also made 13-of-16 free throws on the day.  The one bad mark on the stat sheet for the Spartans was three-point shooting as the team made just one of 13 attempts on the day.

"We are getting incrementally better.  However, we are not a team that has to make threes to win a game.  We outscored them in the paint (48-28) and outrebounded Texas State (41-31) which is part of our formula we need to execute to be successful," stated Nessman.

Nine of the 12 players who saw action scored for the Spartans.  All five starters contributed including Alex Brown with five rebounds, four points and three blocked shots.  D.J. Brown had eight points, four rebounds and two assists. 

Off the bench, Xavier Jones scored nine points including 7-for-8 from the free throw line and dished out eight assists.  Stephon Smith played solidly defensively and added a season-best eight points including 4-for-5 from the field.  Chris Jones and Jaleel Williams each scored two points.

San Jose State opens the WAC season with a win for the first tie since the 2010 season when the team defeated Idaho at home 78-75. The Spartans finish 2012 with a game at UTSA Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. CST/12 p.m. PST. 

"This is the challenge you want," said Nessman. "We got the first win on the road, and now we have the opportunity to do something nice to start the WAC season. "

 

SAN JOSE STATE 72, TEXAS STATE 55

SAN JOSE STATE (6-5, 1-0 WAC)

Garrett, Louis 6-9 3-3 16; Kinney, James 6-17 0-0 12; Cunningham, Chris 4-6 3-4 11; Jones, Xavier 1-5 7-8 9; Brown, D.J. 4-6 0-1 8; Smith, Stephon 4-5 0-0 8; Brown, Alex 2-4 0-0 4; Williams, Jaleel 1-1 0-0 2; Jones, Chris 1-1 0-0 2; Pennington, LaVanne 0-2 0-0 0; VanKirk, Mike 0-0 0-0 0; Moor, Aalim 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 13-16 72.

TEXAS STATE (4-9, 0-1 WAC)

Wright, Joel 7-14 8-8 22; Hawkins, Phil 4-9 0-0 10; Staff, Matt 3-7 1-2 8; Jones, Vonn 2-6 1-1 5; Brown, Basil 1-2 1-3 4; Richardson, Darius 1-3 0-0 2; Stern, Corey 1-6 0-0 2; Davis, Wesley 1-11 0-0 2; Dorsey, Ray 0-1 0-0 0; Koenen, Reid 0-2 0-0 0; Hinton, Nick 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-62 11-14 55.

San Jose State................   32   40  -   72

Texas State...................   19   36  -   55

3-point goals--San Jose State 1-13 (Garrett, Louis 1-3; Kinney, James 0-5; Jones, Xavier 0-2; Brown, D.J. 0-1; Pennington, LaVanne 0-2), Texas State 4-23 (Hawkins, Phil 2-4; Staff, Matt 1-4; Brown, Basil 1-1; Stern, Corey 0-2; Davis, Wesley 0-3; Koenen, Reid 0-1; Hinton, Nick 0-1; Richardson, Darius 0-2; Jones, Vonn 0-4; Wright, Joel 0-1). Fouled out--San Jose State-None, Texas State-None. Rebounds--San Jose State 41 (Cunningham, Chris 14), Texas State 31 (Wright, Joel 6). Assists--San Jose State 9 (Jones, Xavier 3), Texas State 7 (Hawkins, Phil 3). Total fouls--San Jose State 15, Texas State 16. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, Texas State-None. A-1037

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