San Jose St 62, Idaho 57
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Spencer Carlton scored a season-high 26 points, including a key 3-pointer down the stretch, and San Jose State defeated Idaho 62-57 on Saturday.
Menelink Barbary added 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Spartans (5-24, 4-12 in the WAC) ended a five-game losing streak. Julian Richardson made both of his free throws with 3.6 seconds left to seal the victory. Jamon Hill scored 11 points.
Keoni Watson scored 14 points to lead the Vandals (3-26, 1-15), who are suffering their worst season in school history and will carry a 12-game losing streak into next week’s WAC tournament at New Mexico State.
Idaho lost its fifth straight to San Jose State and hasn’t won here since 1981.
The teams will play each other again on Tuesday in the conference tournament play-in game. The winner plays top-seeded and 11th-ranked Nevada in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Desmond Nwoke sparked a 12-3 Idaho run in the first four minutes of the second half with a thunderous dunk, followed by a pair of free throws. The Vandals took a 29-28 lead with 16:19 remaining to play.
The game remained close until Spencer hit his 3-pointer with 3:47 left, giving the Spartans a 57-53 edge.
After making just five of 22 shots in the first 20 minutes, Idaho made five of its first nine after the intermission.
Both teams shot under 30 percent in the first half but the Spartans scored 10 straight points to take a 25-17 halftime advantage.