San Jose State Spartans Score Just 9 In Second Half Of Loss To Wyoming


The San Jose State Spartans were 20 minutes from breaking a 12-game losing streak Saturday afternoon at the Event Center. They never got there.

The visiting Wyoming Cowboys held the Spartans to just nine points in the second half and got the 46-38 win.

San Jose State (6-19, 0-13 Mountain West Conference) instead took its 13th loss in a row. The Spartans led 29-26 at halftime before Wyoming scored the first seven points of the second half to take the lead. San Jose State didn’t score in the second half until Chris Cunningham’s basket 5½ minutes in and it would be almost six minutes before they scored again.

Cunningham scored again, followed by Isaac Thornton’s 3-pointer and the Spartans were back within three at 39-36, because Wyoming (16-9, 7-5) wasn’t exactly threatening to burn the nets down.

After Cunningham’s basket made it 43-38, San Jose State didn’t score again over the final 5:36 of the game. The Spartans were just 4-for-20 in the second half and made just 1-of-10 from 3-point range.

Riley Grabau had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Cowboys and Josh Adams notched four assists and three steals. Larry Nance Jr. also had nine boards.

Thornton scored 14 points to pace the Spartans and Cunningham finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Wyoming was 17-for-42 (40.5 percent) overall, 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) from deep and 7-for-13 (53.8 percent) at the line. San Jose State was 13-for-46 (28.3 percent), 6-for-25 (24 percent) and 6-for-6.

The Spartans had a 33-28 rebounding advantage, while the Cowboys committed 11 turnovers to 14 for San Jose State.

The Spartans visit Nevada on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Pacific.

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