Spartan Hoops Lost In Space With Latest Loss.

Tulsa crushes San Jose State 78-54 Thursday for its fifth consecutive win. SJSU is now 13-0 lifetime against Tulsa.

Tulsa, Oklahoma - With its top two scorers limited to a combined seven points, a resourceful University of Tulsa still found the firepower to crushSan Jose State 78-54 Thursday for its fifth consecutive win.

After ending a six-game losing skid with a victory over Western Athletic Conference-leading Hawaii, San Jose State suffered its most lopsided loss of the season.

Kevin Johnson had 20 points to lead Tulsa (15-3, 6-1 WAC), which shot 56 percent from the field, made 8 of 16 three-point attempts and converted all 14 free-throw attempts to improve to 13-0 in the series with the Spartans (6-14, 1-7).

``Tulsa is as confident a team as I've coached against,'' San Jose State's Steve Barnes said. ``There's not a player who can't shoot the three. It's very hard to win here. . . . They have so many weapons. There's nobody you can back off of offensively.''

Tulsa took control early, scoring on four of its first five possessions for a 9-0 lead. A 13-0 run expanded the Spartans' deficit to 28-8 with 3:40 remaining in the first half. San Jose State never got closer than 11 points afterward.

Andre Valentine's 17 points and 10 rebounds led San Jose State, whose previous worst loss was 78-56 to North Carolina State on Nov. 15.

"If I was scouting us, I wouldn't know who to guard,'' said TU coach John Phillips. "They're all good shooters and the best thing is they're all unselfish. It doesn't bother Dante or Greg that they only had a few points tonight, and in this day and age, that's amazing.''

SJSU is now 13-0 lifetime against the Golden Hurricane.


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