Big Spartan Second Half Dooms Aggies In San Jose

Jahmar Young scored a career-high 34 points but it wasn't enough as the Aggies fell 93-84 at San Jose State on Saturday night. The Aggies and Spartans were deadlocked in a tight battle early on as the Aggies trailed 21-20 with 9:10 left in the first half when the Aggies went on a 19-0 run to take a 39-21 lead with 2:38 left in the half. However, the Spartans would finish the half on an 11-2 run to cut the deficit from 18 down to just nine at 41-32 at halftime.

Coming out in the second half the Aggies extended their halftime lead to 15 at 49-34 as they outscored the Spartans 7-2 in the first 1:08 of the second half. The Spartans cut the Aggie led down to 10 at 52-42 with 16:51 left to play and the Spartans would cut the lead to just four points at 56-52 with 13:37 left to play. The Spartans continued their run and took the lead for the first time since the 8:48 mark of the first half when Mac Peterson hit a three pointer to give the Spartans a 57-56 lead with 12:33 left to play.

The two teams would battle back and forth over the next four and a half minutes and the game was tied at 64 with 8:01 left to play. SJSU's Jerelle Wilson hit a layup to put the Spartans back up 66-64. The Spartans' Adrian Oliver hit a jumper with 7:04 left to play to give the Spartans a four point cushion at 68-64 but Jahmar Young would hit a jumper and was fouled with 6:53 left to play. He hit the free throw to cut the Spartans' lead to one at 68-67 but that was as close as the Aggies would get the rest of the game.

San Jose State answered the three point play by Jahmar Young with a 10-3 run to build a 78-70 lead with 4:31 left to play. The Aggies would close the gap to five points at 86-81 with 1:18 left to play after Jahmar Young hit a three pointer but San Jose State would seal the game with free throws and hold on for a 93-84 win.

Jahmar Young's career-high 34 points came on 13-of-24 shooting. He was 6-of-14 from beyond the three point arc and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. He added five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block. Jonathan Gibson scored 19 points on 6-of-20 shooting. He was 5-of-14 from beyond the three point arc. Hernst Laroche added 13 points for the Aggies on 3-of-6 shooting. Laroche hit a pair of threes and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Laroche also finished with four assists, no turnovers and four rebounds. Wendell McKines scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

San Jose State was led by Mac Peterson who scored 25 points on 6-of-8 shooting from behind the three point arc. Peterson was also 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Adrian Oliver added 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Oliver added five assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block. Justin Graham scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and grabbed six rebounds, had six assists, two steals and one block. Robert Owens scored 15 oints and made 5-of-8 three point attempts. The Spartans played without C.J. Webster.

The Aggies attempted a modern-era school record 38 three pointers breaking the previous record of 36 set against Utah State on March 12, 2000. Both Jonathan Gibson and Jahmar Young were one attempt shy of tying the school record of 15 three point attempts which was set by Brad Bestor versus Idaho on February 11, 1998 and Jeff McCool versus Mississippi Valley State on December 19, 1988.

The Aggies finished the game shooting 39.4 percent from the field (28-of-71) while San JOse State was a sizzling 56.4 percent (31-of-55). San Jose State hit 12-of-20 three point attempts (60 percent) while the Aggies hit 14-of-38 (36.8 percent). The Aggies shot just 14-of-24 from the free throw line (58.3 percent) while San Jose State shot 19-of-30 (63.3 percent). The Aggies committed a season-low six turnovers. San Jose State outrebounded the Aggies by one 37-36.

The loss drops the Aggies into a tie with Utah State at 5-2 in league play. The Aggies currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with Utah State by virtue of the Aggies' victory to open league play. San Jose State improves to 4-3 in league play with the win and is tied with Nevada one game behind the two Aggie schools.