San Jose State Spartans Score 13 In First Half Of Loss To Fresno State


The San Jose State Spartans managed just 13 points in the first half and were never in the game after intermission in a 69-56 loss to the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Event Center Saturday night to close the regular-season.

The Spartans (7-23, 1-17 Mountain West Conference) shot just 20 percent in the first half (6-for-30) and trailed 35-13 at the break.

Fresno State (15-15, 9-9) finished strong, winning eight of its last 10.

Paul Watson led the Bulldogs with 16 points, Tyler Johnson added 12 points and five assists, Cezar Guerrero also scored 12 points and Marvelle Harris finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Huddleston had three steals and Alex Davis blocked three shots.

Rashad Muhammad had 17 points for the Spartans, Jaleel Williams added 12 and Chris Cunningham scored 10. Jalen James had seven rebounds and five assists.

Fresno State was 24-for-50 (48 percent) overall, 7-for-23 (30.4 percent) from 3-point range and 14-for-23 (60.9 percent) from the foul line. San Jose State was 22-for-62 (35.5 percent), 5-for-25 (20 percent) and 7-for-11 (63.6 percent).

The Bulldogs had 40 rebounds to 33 for the Spartans. Fresno State committed 11 turnovers to just nine for San Jose State.

The Spartans move on to the Mountain West Conference tournament next week in Las Vegas, where they will be the 11th seed and will play either Boise State, Wyoming or the Bulldogs (whoever winds up as the No. 6 seed out of the three-way tie for fifth place) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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