San Jose State 57

(5-12, 1-3 WAC)

Idaho 53

(3-12, 0-5 WAC)

    5:05 PM ET, January 21, 2006

    Cowan Spectrum, Moscow, Idaho

    1 2 T
    SJSU 22 3557
    IDHO 18 3553

    Top Performers

    San Josť St: A. Elam 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl

    Idaho: D. Dubois 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    San Jose State 57, Idaho 53

    MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- Demetrius Brown and Alex Elam scored 16 points apiece and the San Jose State Spartans withstood a late Idaho charge to defeat the Vandals 57-53 in a Western Athletic Conference matchup Saturday.

    The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Spartans (5-12 overall, 1-3 WAC), who had lost 11 of their last 12 coming into the game and hadn't won a conference road game since Feb. 15, 2003.

    It was the sixth consecutive loss for Idaho (3-12, 0-5).

    The Vandals had a chance to tie when junior forward Igor Vrzina pulled up for a 3-pointer with 3 seconds to play. Bu this shot was well off the mark and San Jose State put the Vandals out of reach when Tyree Gardner hit the second of two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining.

    San Jose State led 22-18 after a cold-shooting first half by both teams. The Spartans made good on just 8 of 25 field-goal attempts (32 percent) over the game's first 20 minutes, while Idaho was 8-for-26 (30.8 percent).

    The pace quickened after the break. San Jose State converted four straight shots to open the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers, and the Vandals were four-for-seven from the floor during the same span.

    The Spartans extended their advantage to 42-33 on an alley-oop from Carlton Spencer to Brown with 10:03 remaining. Idaho gradually closed the gap to 46-42, then pulled within 2 points on a Keoni Watson runner with 5:50 to play. After a Brown free throw at the other end, the Vandals missed 3-point tries on four straight possessions, any of which would have tied the score.

    The Vandals managed to pull within 53-51 on a pair of Tanoris Shepard foul shots with 41.2 seconds left. Shepard missed another pair of free throws that would have brought the Vandals within a point with 21.3 seconds remaining, but Watson kept Idaho in contention with two foul shots that cut the Spartan lead to 55-53 with 12.4 seconds to play.

    Brown hit one of two free throws with 10.9 seconds to go, setting up the game's final sequence of events.

    Watson and David Dubois had 17 points apiece for the Vandals.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 57 53
    FG Made-Attempted 18-50 (.360) 18-53 (.340)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-19 (.316) 2-20 (.100)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-27 (.556) 15-20 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 1

    2005-06 Season

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