San Jose State hosted its highest-ranked opponent in 23 years Wednesday night, and the result was about as expected -- a 75-50 loss to No. 7 San Diego State before 4,117 at the Event Center. It was the first time the Spartans hosted a top-10 team since No. 1 UNLV came to town in 1991, and it produced the largest home crowd this century, which saw SJSU remain winless in Mountain West Conference play. After an ugly first half by both teams, the pace improved to start the second half. SJSU (6-13, 0-7 MW) made five of its first seven shots and trailed 35-30 with 17:14 left in the game. Then San Diego State (17-1, 6-0) turned out the lights. The Aztecs swarmed the Spartans defensively with an aggressive full-court press. They went on a 16-0 run that was punctuated with dunks on three straight possessions, the last two coming off turnovers forced in the backcourt. They followed that up with another 16-0 run as the game spiraled out of control. "They imposed their will in the second half," SJSU coach Dave Wojcik said of the Aztecs. "And that's what they've done every game this year. They ratchet up that defensive pressure and force turnovers and ratchet up pressure on the backboard, and that really hurt us." SJSU shot only 20.7 percent (6 of 29) while scoring a season-low 19 points in the first half. San Diego State only made 29 percent of its first-half shots and led 29-19, but connected on 50 percent in the second half.
No. 7 San Diego State routs San Jose State 75-50
San Jose Mercury News | Jan 23