Down Two Starters, Spartans Lose 66-60 to Utah State

(ELI LUCERO/The Associated Press) Utah State’s Ben Clifford (center) and teammate Marcel Davis (right) fight for the ball with San Jose State’s Aalim Moor in Logan on Friday.

Preston Medlin’s 25 points helped guide the Utah State Aggies to a 66-60 victory over the San Jose State Spartans.

The Spartans were without James Kinney and Louis Garrett, two of their starters and top scorers, due to failing to meet teem policies. They did not make the trip to Utah State.

In their absence, D.J. Brown led the way with 16 points, followed by Chris Cunningham’s 15 and Xavier Jones’ 14.

But it was the Aggies that pulled off a slim victory over the Spartans. The first half was relatively even, with neither side able to grab control. Jones had 10 points at the break and San Jose State trailed 29-27.

However, the second half was controlled by the Aggies, who jumped out to an eight point lead midway through. A tip-in by Stephon Smith cut the lead to four with 6:33 remaining, but that was as close at the Spartans would get. Despite their best efforts, San Jose State could not put together a crunch-time comeback and Utah State claimed the victory.

The Spartans are now 3-2 in conference play and 9-7 overall. Next up, they will travel to Denver on Thursday to take on the Pioneers.

Topics: NCA, San Jose State Spartans, San Jose State Spartans Basketball, Utah State Aggies

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