SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Chris Oakes scored a career-high 21 points to lead the San Jose State Spartans to victory over the Utah State Aggies 70-67 on Monday night.
Jaycee Carroll led Utah State with a game-high 31 points. The Aggies (18-9, 8-4) have lost three straight for the first time this season.
Utah State forward Tai Wesley was ejected for committing a blatant foul in the first 90 seconds.
Even so, Utah State chipped away at a double-digit San Jose State lead in the second half. Carroll’s layup with 15:03 remaining got the Aggies within nine points of the lead. But Tim Pierce drained a 3-pointer with 13:21 left to get the lead back to 12-points for the Spartans.
The Aggies were just 1-of-9 from the field to start the game. The Spartans jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first six minutes and would lead by 15 points with 2:40 remaining in the first half.
San Jose State (12-13, 4-8) has won two straight. The Spartans have not won more than 10 games since the 2000-01 season when the program was 14-14.