Spartans Routed In Boise 86-57

The San Jose State Men's basketball team completed it's regular season schedule by laying an egg against the Boise State Broncos in a game played in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, losing by a scord of 86-57. The Spartans overall regular season record dropped to 15-17 and 6-10 in WAC play.

The game started close -- 9 to 8 in favor of the Broncos at the 15:14 mark -- but then Boise State crept into a substantial lead. It became a 10-point deficit for San Jose State, then 13, 14 and more until the initial 20 minutes concluded with BSU leading 43-26.

The Broncos came out aggressive, especially on the defensive end and a number of steals early on led to dunks and layups which fueled and fed momentum and confidence to Greg Graham's squad.

Those factors carried over into the second half and host Boise State finished it's senior game with an 85-56 victory.

After the first half, the numbers for the Broncos were illuminating: 13 assists, six steals, 10 fastbreak points, 18-30 overall shooting (5-11 on treys) while SJSU could manage just 10-30 shooting numbers.

Ultimately, it didn't get a whole lot better later on for the Spartans as BSU shot 53% for the game (8-20 on three-point attempts), grabbed 36 rebounds, passed for 24 assists, nabbed 10 steals, blocked six shots and committed seven turnovers.

San Jose State managed just 39% overall shooting (5-19 on three-pointers), 30 boards, 10 assists, 16 turnovers and a pair of steals.

On the night, Graham's contingent ended up taking 10 more field goal attempts but made 13 more shots.

Although neither shot well, Adrian Oliver led the Spartans with 12 points and Robert Owens contributed 10. Chris Oakes scored nine while grabbing 15 rebounds.

Now, it's on to the Western Athletic Conference tournament.


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