Jalen James scored off an offensive rebound with one second left and the San Jose State Spartans broke their 13-game losing streak with a 66-64 win over the Nevada Wolf Pack at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev., Tuesday night.
The Spartans (7-19, 1-13 Mountain West Conference) led by as many as eight points in the second half before Nevada (12-15, 7-7) made its run, taking a 49-48 lead with 10:23 to go on Michael Perez’ 3-pointer.
San Jose State jumped up by seven, 60-53, on a pair of free throws by Jaleel Williams with 4:24 left. The Wolf Pack answered one more time, tying the game with 10 seconds left on two free throws by Deonte Burton.
James’ initial shot on the Spartans’ final possession was blocked by A.J. West, but James corralled the loose ball and scored on his second shot to give San Jose State its first win since a three-overtime thriller over UC Davis on Dec. 18.
San Jose State was 21-for-48 (43.8 percent) overall, 9-for-25 (36 percent) from 3-point range and 15-for-20 (75 percent) at the foul line. Nevada was 20-for-59 (33.9 percent), 5-for-21 (23.8 percent) and 19-for-27 (70.4 percent).
The Spartans had a 39-34 edge on the glass, but turned the ball over 15 times. The Wolf Pack gave it away only six times.
San Jose State will be off for a week before visiting No. 6 San Diego State next Tuesday at 8 p.m. Pacific.