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By: Ana Kieu
It was a tale of two halves as San Jose State men’s basketball fell to the New Mexico Lobos, 92-60, at the Pit Wednesday evening. The Lobos shot 50% from the field while the Spartans were held to a 35.3 clip.
Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau chose a starting lineup featuring the talented likes of Zach Chappell, Noah Baumann, Seneca Knight, Michael Steadman and Ashtin Chastain.
Both teams came out with a strong offensive showing to start the game. SJSU (3-20, 0-11 MW) did most of their damage in the paint with 16 points while New Mexico (11-13, 5-7 MW) relied on the deep ball, making eight from the 3-point range. The Lobos would go on to finish with 14 threes (14-of-27).
Knight, making his fifth-straight start, drained a corner trey to give the Spartans a 14-11 advantage at the 11:56 mark and Baumann drained his second three of the half to give SJSU a 30-27 lead with 5:01 remaining in the, however that would be the Spartans final field goal of the half.
New Mexico took advantage and went on 15-2 run over the final 5:01 to close out the half and take a 42-32 lead into the locker room. The Spartans shot 41% from the field prior to the run, but finished with a 37% clip for the half.
The run carried over to the second half as the Lobos opened with three quick treys and took advantage of the Spartans’ scoring woes. New Mexico extended the run to 35-6 that spanned a total of 12:41 and was able to close out the game comfortably. New Mexico finished the half shooting 54%, while SJSU shot just 33.3%.
Turnovers, which have been an Achilles heel for the Spartans all season, were a non-factor as they finished with just 11 and didn’t commit their first until the 9:36 mark in the opening half. New Mexico, however, did take advantage of those few committed with 14 points scored off. The Lobos also dominated on fast-break opportunities as they outscored the Spartans 35-2.
Baumann led the Spartans with 10 points. With his two made 3s, the Phoenix, Arizona native, extended his consecutive games with a 3-pointer streak to 21 games, tying the school record set in 2009-10 by Robert Owens. Chastain had a team-best 11 rebounds to go with seven points, while Knight finished with nine points.
Keith McGee led the Lobos with 20 points while Corey Manigault added 17 of his own. The Lobos scored 18 points at the charity stripe (18-of-27), while the Spartans were 8-of-15. New Mexico won the rebound battle 44-39.
The Spartans return to the Event Center Saturday as they host UNLV. Tip-off set for 2:00 pm PT on AT&T SportsNet and TuneIn.