It has been tough sledding for the San Jose State Spartans men’s basketball team since a heartbreaking overtime loss to Portland. The losing streak since extended to seven games on Wednesday, five of which have come by double digits.
The Spartans have had their biggest problems shooting the ball and that was evident again in the first half versus the UC Davis Aggies. In the first 9:30 of play, The Spartans had only seven points and made just one shot from the field that was outside of the paint.
San Jose State rallied for seven quick unanswered points to pull within one point, but that’s when the Aggies caught fire. In a 94 second stretch, three different Aggies each hit a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to take a double digit lead.
The Spartans were never able to cut that lead back to single digits. Rashad Muhammad came off the bench to give San Jose State 20 points, but UC Davis never cooled off from 3-point range. The Aggies made 8 of their first 16 and finished 11-of-24 from deep.
“I thought we competed tonight,” San Jose State head coach Dave Wojcik said. “We played really hard, we just didn’t play smart. You have to make shots. At the end of the day, it’s about who puts the ball in the basket the most. Right now, we just aren’t making jump shots.”
UC Davis finished at 49 percent from the field while San Jose State finished at 41 percent. The senior duo of Josh Ritchart and Corey Hawkins had 21 and 20 points respectively and combined to make 8-of-13 3-point attempts. Muhammad didn’t have a high scoring counterpart, being the only Spartan in double digits.
The San Jose State starting lineup finished with only 23 points although Jalen James had an early exit with a leg injury.
The loss wraps up a five-game stretch away from The Event Center. The Spartans return home for games against Santa Clara (3-4) on Saturday, St. Katherine (1-7) on Dec. 9 and Seattle University (3-3) on Dec. 13. All three games will tip-off at 7 p.m. PT.