San Jose shot the ball miserably on Saturday, and fell just short of a victory against Idaho. Connor Hill scored 19 points, leading the Vandals to a close 66-63 victory.
D.J. Brown stepped up in James Kinney’s absence, scoring 18 points and grabbing seven boards off the bench. Although, he shot just 5-of-15 from the field and 5-of-12 from the charity stripe.
The charity stripe was nice the Vandals. They went 10-of-12 on free throws down the stretch, sealing the game. Had the Spartans shot better than 31.9 percent from the field, they’d probably come out on top, but a poor overall shooting effort isn’t an excuse.
Kyle Barone had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Idaho in 38 minutes of play. He also went 7-of-8 from on free throws, as the Vandals shot 84 percent as a team on free throws compared to the Spartans’ mark of 33.3 percent.
The Spartans trailed 27-40 at halftime, which proved to be an insurmountable. Yes, San Jose won the second half 36-26, but it obviously wasn’t enough.