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San Jose, CA--- Utah State coach Stew Morrill perfectly summed up San Jose State's season.
"I've never seen a tougher situation in terms of how many close games they've lost," Morrill said. "They've been as competitive as can be, and yet just lost a lot of close games."
And Morrill said that before his team's game against San Jose State on March 4.
The Spartans closed out the regular season true to form, with a 61-58 loss at Utah State on March 4. San Jose State led 58-54 with 1:56 left, but the Aggies made all the plays down the stretch.
It was the same old story. Eight of the SJSU's 14 conference losses came by seven points or less. The Spartans suffered four more non-conference losses by seven points or less.
Eight overall losses have come by four points or less.
Overall, the Spartans have been a better team in coach George Nessman's first season, but the results look familiar. They ended the regular season 6-24 overall, 2-14 in the conference.
A year ago, they were 6-23 and 3-15.
Notes and Quotes:
San Jose State ended the regular season as the worst shooting team in the WAC, making just 40.8 percent of its attempts.
The Spartans were just second-worst in the nine-team WAC in three-point shooting, converting at a 30.8 percent clip.
A small sign of progress: San Jose State had more than two road wins in a season for the first time since 2001. SJSU this season won at Cal Poly, Long Beach State and Idaho.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's disappointing. We had a great chance to win and didn't do it. I don't know how many times that's happened. I've lost count." -- SJSU coach George Nessman
PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- G Devonte Thomas, G Carlton Spencer, G Alex Elam, F Demetrius Brown, F Menelik Barbary. Key Subs -- C Matt Misko, F Kevin Fleming, G Julian Richardson, G Jared Cozad, G Tyree Gardner.
Nevada 83, San Jose State 60
Utah State 61, San Jose State 58
WAC Tournament, at Nevada, March 9-11.
KEYS: San Jose is the seventh seed at the conference tournament and draws a quick rematch against No. 2 Utah State -- teams that ended the regular season against each other on March 4.
Utah State won that game in Logan, but it was close -- 61-58. It was a stellar defensive effort as the Spartans held the ultra-efficient Aggies to 36.7 percent shooting overall and 22.2 percent from behind the arc.
Another effort like that will be needed for SJSU's season to continue.
ROSTER REPORT FOR WAC TOURNEY:
--G Carlton Spencer had 17 points in the regular-season finale against Utah State on March 4. He converted 4 of 8 three-point shots, and also had five assists. His season-high was 21 points against Louisiana Tech on Feb. 15.
--F Demetrius Brown had only six points in the regular-season finale at Utah State on March 4, but he did have 20-point efforts in two of his last six games.
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