The San Jose State Spartans evened up their record to 3-3 on Saturday as they defeated the Montana State Bobcats 82-74.
James Kinney had a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds, pacing the Spartans to their first road win of the season.
The Spartans dominated from the get-go, leading by double-digits for most of the first half. The second half was when Montana State switched into a zone defense, and that paid dividends toward a comeback effort.
Trailing by as many as 14 in the second half, the Bobcats trimmed the lead down to 73-69 with under three minutes to play.
But it would be too little too late, as Louis Garrett banked in a three and DJ Brown made four consecutive free throws to put the game away.
“I am really pleased with the win,” said Spartan head coach George Nessman. “This place is a tough place to play. For us to lead basically from start to finish is a pretty good, pretty solid effort overall. It was not perfect, but very few games are right now.”
Chris Cunningham led the Spartans with 10 rebounds along with 15 points. DJ Brown also finished in double figures with 10 points and nine assists as well.
Next up for San Jose State will be UC Davis on Wednesday on the road.