The Spartans compiled their third consecutive loss of the early season.
``We're inept right now,'' said Johnson, whose team shot 34.5 percent from the floor.
Ross Schraeder scored 26 points, including a career-high eight three-pointers, in helping UC Irvine gain a 76-55 victory over San Jose State on Friday night.
``They weren't really attacking as much,'' said Irvine junior Ross Schraeder, who scored the game-high 26 points.
It was Irvine's second straight road win. The Anteaters (4-2) had lost 11 straight away from home before beating Santa Clara on Tuesday. UC Irvine has won three straight overall.
``Every team goes through a bad streak. The good teams come out of them with a win,'' said SJSU center Matt Misko, who finished with his first career double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds). ``We have to dig down and look past this if that is going to happen.''
The Spartans have many players that are injured that include Guard Ryan Miller (fractured foot), guard/forward Kenny Smith (season-ending knee injury), Eric Bloom (degenerative muscle), Lance Holloway (dislocated shoulder) and Demetrius Brown (academically ineligible).
Miller, Bloom and Holloway look to return to action during Western Athletic Conference play which is right around the corner.
Irvine fans got into the action, and mocked the SJSU fans with chants of "This is our house!".
"That really ticked me off", said Spartan booster Tony Banderman.
SJSU coach, Phil Johnson, was quoted as stating that Marquin Chandler, a junior college transfer, is playing with the aggressive nature SJSU needs.
But he conceded the Spartans need more offense.
``I knew what could potentially happen and it happened: they drilled it from the three-point line,'' Johnson said. ``It probably was a mistake to start out in a zone. But we wanted to take away their attack and they made us pay.''
The Spartans travel to Bozeman, Montana for a December 21st rematch with the Grizzlies.
SJSU won the first game against Montana, which was played at the Events center by one point.
Look for this rematch to be another "grinder" type outing for the under performing Spartans.