The San Jose State Spartans completed a dismal weekend at the NIU Invitational in DeKalb, Ill., on Sunday, losing to the James Madison Dukes 79-66 to finish the round-robin event with an 0-3 record.
Rashad Muhammad came off the bench to lead San Jose State with 18 points and reserve Dylan Alexander added 12. The Spartans shot a dismal 7-for-27 in the first half (25.9 percent) while falling behind and improved to 40 percent (14-for-35) in the second half. Jaleel Williams led San Jose State with seven rebounds, as they lost the battle of the boards 40-33, and D.J. Brown had three steals for the Spartans.
The Dukes, meanwhile, were 14-for-27 (51.9 percent) in the first half and struggled after intermission, hitting just 8-of-22 (36.4 percent). But the Spartans were never able to get closer than nine points in the second half and at one point, James Madison led by as many as 19.
Taylor Bessick led four Dukes in double figures with 19 points. Tom Vodanovich added 15 points and eight rebounds, Charles Cook also scored 15 points and Ron Curry had 11.
Milwaukee won the four-team event, improving to 3-0 in the tournament with an 82-69 win over host Northern Illinois on Sunday. James Madison was 2-1, Northern Illinois finished 1-2 and the Spartans were 0-3.
San Jose State returns to the West Coast on Wednesday when they visit Pepperdine (3-0) for a 7 p.m. Pacific tipoff.