Both San Jose State and Nevada came out sluggish Wednesday night in a sleepy Event Center Arena. The dismal Spartans crowd is mostly attributed to the dread surrounding San Jose State's current basketball season. San Jose State's trials continued. Nevada played to the level of their competition, but squeaked out a 61-55 victory.
San Jose State's best asset was Nevada's unusually lackadaisical offense. Nevada shoots over 31 percent from deep this season, but finished just 2-12 from three on Wednesday night. San Jose State's offense picked up with 10 minutes left in the first half as the Spartans went on a 7-0 run over a three minute span to put them up by one. Freshman forward Ryan Welage led the way for San Jose State, inking 14 points, four rebounds, and two blocks. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough.
With just 22 points to their name at halftime, Nevada had to etch their way into a 31-22 deficit in the second half. An 8-0 run early in the second half was just what Nevada was looking for as the score tightened up down the stretch. As per usual, Nevada was led by senior guard Marqueze Coleman with 15 points en route to victory.
Quite simply, this game was ugly. Turnovers, air-balls, failed isolation, missed threes, and lack of offensive movement characterized the performances of both squads. Chalking up this low-scoring game to being a cliche "defensive battle" would be irresponsible. It wasn't a defensive battle so much as it was an offensive disaster. Both offenses created the low-scoring environment through silly mistakes.
Both teams will look to correct their sloppiness this weekend. San Jose State hosts a tough San Diego State team on Sunday, and Nevada travels to UNLV on Saturday.