San Jose State Stuns New Mexico 89-82, Picks Up First Conference Win
San Jose State ends its 17 game losing streak.
San Jose State avoids a winless conference record.
Noah Baumann scored 26 points, recording a program record eight three pointers in a game, and San Jose State (4-23, 1-14 MW) put away New Mexico (11-16, 5-10 MW) 89-82 on Tuesday night.
The Spartans led by as many as thirteen in a game where they led for 30 minutes and 14 seconds, but the Lobos closed the gap to 70-65 with 8 minutes and 38 seconds remaining, but back to back three pointers from Baumann stretched the lead back to 11.
The Lobos cut it to 5 once more with just 29 seconds remaining, but two made throws by Baumann followed by a costly turnover that led to a Christian Anigwe dunk sealed a loss that was marred with turnovers.
“We could never get stops consistently on the defensive end. . . We turned the ball over, unfortunately, consistently throughout the night,” said Lobos head coach Paul Weir.
A big part of the turnover problem?
“We have players that like to dribble and I like them to pass,” continued Weir.
The Spartans scored 22 points off of 16 opponent turnovers, taking care of the ball only slightly better than the Lobos with 14 turnovers in the game.
Prior to the victory, San Jose State was losing conference games by an average margin of more than 20 points per game.
For New Mexico, the loss highlights a season of ups and downs including beating then No. 6 Nevada on Jan. 5 before losing to the conference’s last place team on Tuesday.
San Jose State: Noah Baumann (26 points, 8-12 three point shooting, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), Michael Steadman (21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist), Zach Chappell (17 points, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound)
New Mexico: Keith McGee (25 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal), Carlton Bragg (17 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 1 steal), Corey Manigault (17 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist), Makuach Maluach (14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal)
New Mexico hosts Colorado State at Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit on Saturday.
San Jose State looks to flip its losing streak to a winning streak on Saturday against San Diego State at Viejas Arena.