Spartans lose to Brown 86-75...

Spartan Coach Phil Johnson received the first of two technical fouls that eventually resulted in his ejection. Brown took advantage and handed the Spartans yet another loss in the early season.

San Jose, CA - A fiesty Brown Bear named Earl Hunt scored 19 of his game high 31 points in the second half to lead Brown University to its second straight win, an 86-75 victory over your San Jose State Spartans.

The Bears are now 3-7 overall while San Jose State drops to 3-6 on the "season".

The 31 points leaves Hunt one point short of Brown's all-time career scoring mark of 1,668 points held by Arnie Berman from 1969-1972.

Hunt has been on fire in Brown's last two games, scoring 39 points in Brown's previous game against Central Connecticut last Saturday.

The Bears looked like they would run away with the game when junior Mike Martin connected on a three point jumper to give Brown a 33-12 lead with 8:08 remaining in the half.

But Brown hit a dry spell and went without a basket for the remainder of the half to cling to a 34-31 halftime advantage.

The combination of Hunt and senior Alai Nuualiitia took control of the game in the second half. Hunt connected on 6 of 9 shots second half points, converting 6 of 6 free throws.

Nuualiitia scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. San Jose State got to within six points on two occasions after that but could get no closer.

Sophomore guard Jason Forte scored 14 points for the Bears, connecting on 7 of 7 free throws for the game.

The Spartans were led by Keith West, who scored a career high 23 points.

Moises Alvarez and Eric Walton scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, for the Spartans of the Western Athletic Conference who have lost four straight games.

San Jose State played without leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker Oudie Baker, who has not returned to the team from Christmas vacation.

Brown led 15-10 with 11:31 remaining in the first half when San Jose State coach Phil Johnson received the first of two technical fouls that resulted in his ejection.

From that point, the Bears outscored the Spartans 18-2 to lead 33-12 with 8:08 left in the half.

However, San Jose State outscored the Bears 19-1 the rest of the half.

The Spartans open WAC play Thursday {1/2/2003} at Boise State in Boise, Idaho at 7:30 PM.


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