Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Mexico State ends the Spartan season 90-69

San Jose State kept it within reach through the first half and beyond but a Troy Gillenwater scoring run advanced the lead to the unrecoverable distance and the game ended with the Aggies on top 90-69.

It was a Gillenwater three-point play followed thereafter by a Gillenwater trey that led a 10-0 run, a streak of points that put New Mexico State ahead 58-44 and the Spartans couldn't close the gap.

Adrian Oliver scored 23 points and set a new SJSU mark for the most free throws attempts in a single season. He finished with 699 points this go-around, three shy of the late Ricky Berry's all-time record.

Justin Graham contributed 14 points, six assists and four rebounds on the night.

Jonathan Gibson led NMSU with 22 points, followed by Jahmar Young with 16. Wendell McKines produced a double-double of 15 points and 14 boards.

For the game, San Jose State shot 43%, going 5-17 from three-point range. The Spartans also went an 'en fuego' 18-21 from the foul line.

New Mexico State shot 55% overall, scoring 51 second half points on 60% shooting. The Aggies grabbed 38 rebounds on the night to 25 for SJSU. Turnovers were just about even at 10 and 11.

The score was 39-31 in favor of the Aggies at the half. The Spartans went ahead 25-23 but an 11-point burst scooted the New Mexico Staters ahead 34-25 with 2:47 remaining in the initial 20 minutes.They never trailed again.

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