Three starters posted double-figures for the Idaho Vandals as the San Jose State Spartans lost 64-55 to Idaho at home on Thursday night.
James Kinney had a game-high 17 points, but was the only Spartan in double-figures as SJSU shot just 28 percent from the field. It also took Kinney 21 shots to get the high score, making just six of those field goal attempts.
The first half was tight, with both teams taking the lead at some point, but neither able to gain control.
The same cannot be said about the second half, with the Vandals going on a 10-0 run early to take a 12-point lead midway through. The Spartans clawed their way back to be within 53-48 on a LaVanne Pennington layup, but Idaho closed things out strong thanks to a 7-0 run to conclude matters.
“In the first half, we had really good shots. I’m not quite so sure about the second-half shots,” said head coach George Nessman. “I think some of them were forced in the lane. We were trying to go forward and make plays. The spirit behind it was good. You’re trying to make a play to get us going, but they end up being forced plays and end up hurting us.”
The Spartans now have a 2-1 record in conference play, and a 7-6 overall record. They will face Seattle at home on Saturday.