February 27, 2009 in Sports

Spartans keep Vandals at bay

Associated Press
 
SPARTANS72
VANDALS64

Saturday: Idaho at Fresno State,

7 p.m.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Justin Graham scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half to lead short-handed San Jose State to a 72-64 victory over Idaho on Thursday night.

The Spartans (12-14, 5-8 WAC) won without starting forward Tim Pierce, who was out for what the school called academic reasons. Pierce had started every game this season and he was second on the team in scoring.

The Spartans had five players score in double figures, including Adrian Oliver (14 points), C.J. Webster (12), Robert Owens (11) and DeVonte Thomas (10).

The Spartans outrebounded the Vandals 43-18. Idaho managed only four offensive rebounds.

Mac Hobson scored 20 points to lead Idaho (13-14, 6-7), but also had a critical gaffe late in the game.

Idaho, which had trailed for much of the second half, was within one point with 4:31 remaining. Hobson was looking to the bench while dribbling when he was stripped of the ball by Graham. Hobson then fouled Graham intentionally. Graham hit one free throw and a jumper on the ensuing possession to put San Jose State back up by four.

The Vandals’ chances sunk further when they missed five consecutive free throws in the final minutes.

Idaho led by as many 10 points in the first half, taking a 29-19 lead on Luciano de Souza’s 3-pointer with 5:39 to go. San Jose State bounced back and trailed 33-32 at halftime.

Graham’s jumper in the opening seconds of the second half gave San Jose State its first lead since the game’s opening five minutes.

The Vandals tied the game at 51 on Trevor Morris’ 3-pointer with 10:51 to go, but they could not pull ahead.

San Jose St. 72, Idaho 64

Idaho (13-14, 6-6)—Wiley 3-5 1-3 7, Jefferson 2-6 0-0 4, Hopson 7-12 6-12 20, Simmons 0-3 0-0 0, Morris 5-7 0-0 13, de Souza 4-8 3-4 14, Watson 2-6 2-2 6, Augusto 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-48 12-21 64.

San Jose State (12-14, 4-8)—Webster 3-8 6-8 12, Oakes 3-4 0-3 6, Oliver 3-12 8-11 14, Graham 6-9 5-6 17, Owens 3-8 2-2 11, Thomas 4-9 2-3 10, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Peterson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-52 23-33 72. Halftime—Idaho 33-32. 3-Point Goals—Idaho 6-14 (Morris 3-4, de Souza 3-7, Hopson 0-1, Simmons 0-2), San Jose St. 3-9 (Owens 3-6, Peterson 0-1, Oliver 0-2). Fouled Out—Jefferson, Wiley. Rebounds—Idaho 18 (de Souza 5), San Jose St. 43 (Thomas 10). Assists—Idaho 17 (Hopson 8), San Jose St. 14 (Graham 6). Total Fouls—Idaho 26, San Jose St. 19. A—1,752.

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