The (11 seed) San José State Spartans (8-23) fall to their arch-rival the (6 seed) Fresno State Bulldogs (19-12), 69-67 in overtime, inside the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
The Spartans were a 13.5-point underdog and they really made this a heck of a rivalry game to watch.
The depressing news: SJSU is now 0-8 all-time in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
Omari Moore was a beast for the Spartans and finished with a double-double (nearly a triple-double), scoring 19 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and finished with eight assists.
Alvaro Cardenas (13), Myron Amey Jr. (11), and Trey Anderson (10) were the other Spartans that finished in double-figures.
San José State made 26-of-53 (49.1%) shots from the field, 10-for-22 (45.5%) from 3-point range, but they were a horrendous 5-for-14 (35.7%) at the free throw line.
SJSU finished with 14 turnovers that Fresno State scored 17 points off of, and SJSU allowed Fresno State to grab 14 offensive rebounds that allowed the Bulldogs to score seven second chance points on. That’s 21 points in a two-point game. Just can’t allow that to happen.
It’s a frustrating loss because this was a winnable game and this would have been a big win for the Spartans in year one under Tim Miles.
The offseason. Caleb Simmons, Eduardo Lane and Trey Smith were all seniors this season. With the transfer portal ever so popular nowadays, who knows who else, if anyone, is going to leave the program.
This offseason will allow Tim Miles to start getting his recruits in his system. Miles does have this program heading in the right direction, so Spartan Nation, you have a lot to be excited about for the future of the program.