SAN JOSE, Calif. – Despite a late Thunderbird rally to pull within two of the Spartans late in the second half, Southern Utah fell to San Jose State, 82-92.
"Proud of our guys' effort in the third game in five days over three states," head coach Todd Simon said. "We struggled to make threes with only 4-19 shooting, but we won the rebounding battle and kept them out of transition."
Randy Onwuasor led all scorers, pouring in 28 points after shooting 11-23 from the field. James McGee added 19 points as Will Joyce chipped in a season-high 11 in just 16 minutes of play.
McGee also led the Thunderbirds in assists with four. Both the Thunderbirds and the Spartans shot 46% from the field.
The Thunderbirds never saw the lead in the first half and trailed 34-44 at halftime. SJSU captured a 70-62 advantage with just under eight and a half minutes to play before a six-point T-Bird run forced a two-point game.
The Spartans responded with a seven-point rally to regain a comfortable lead at 77-68, which guided them to a 92-82 victory and extended their winning streak to three.
The Thunderbirds begin Big Sky Conference play on Dec. 31 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.
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