The San Jose State Spartans ended the 2016-17 NCAA men’s basketball season with a 74-62 loss to the Wyoming Cowboys at Arena-Auditorium on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans trailed by one point early in the game. Then, Brandon Clarke was all over the place, applying offensive pressure on the Cowboys. SJSU took a 13-11 lead over Wyoming at 11:51 of the first half.
However, the Cowboys responded, taking a 29-28 lead with 4:21 left in the half.
The Spartans received plenty of chances, but were unable to capitalize on them. Brandon Mitchell seemed upset after collecting a pass underneath the rim that went past his fingers. SJSU had 15 turnovers in the half. Both teams had six tied scorers.
The Spartans trailed the Cowboys 36-31 at the half.
The Spartans continued to heat up from the field, tying the score 38-38 early in the second half.
However, turnovers continued to cost the Spartans, who trailed the Cowboys 44-40 at 15:08.
The Cowboys’ surge occurred in the final several minutes of the game. They had a comfortable 12-point cushion over the Spartans with less than a minute remaining.
Clarke had 20 points for the ninth time in Mountain West play, but the Spartans fell to the Cowboys 74-62 in Wyoming. They had a season-high 21 turnovers.
The Spartans finished the regular season with a 14-15 record, finishing below .500. They were dealt a ninth seed and will face Utah State in the first round.