San Jose State Spartans Drop Mountain West Debut To Nevada Wolf Pack

The San Jose State Spartans had their four-game winning streak snapped and lost their inaugural game in the Mountain West Conference after coming over from the Western Athletic Conference, losing a 62-50 decision to the Nevada Wolf Pack at the Event Center Wednesday night.

It was the Spartans 12th loss in a row to Nevada, a former rival in the WAC. The Wolf Pack (6-8, 1-0 Mountain West) won in part because they heated up in the second half after neither team could shoot straight in the first 20 minutes.

San Jose State (6-7, 0-1) led 26-25 at the half as both teams struggled to convert on the offensive end. The Spartans were just 9-for-28 in the opening 20 minutes and Nevada wasn’t much better at 11-for-31.

But the Wolf Pack controlled the second half, shooting 12-for-23 (52.2 percent) after the break, while San Jose State stayed cold, making just 8-of-21 and turning the ball over seven times after halftime.

Deonte Burton led Nevada with 18 points and A.J. West chipped in 15 points and two blocked shots. Cole Huff had 10 rebounds for the Wolf Pack and Ali Fall also had two blocks.

Devante Wilson scored 18 points for the Spartans and Chris Cunningham finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. D.J. Brown dished out five assists for San Jose State.

Nevada finished the game 23-for-54 (42.6 percent) overall, 1-for-12 (8.3 percent) from 3-point range and 15-for-19 (78.9 percent) from the free-throw line.

San Jose State was 17-for-49 (34.7 percent), 5-for-20 (25 percent) and 11-for-16 (68.8 percent).

Nevada controlled the boards by a 37-30 edge and had eight turnovers to 11 for the Spartans.

San Jose State hits the road next, visiting Utah State Saturday night for a 6:05 p.m. Pacific tipoff.

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