SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jaycee Hillsman scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds and San Jose State picked up its first conference win, edging Utah State 64-62 on Wednesday night, snapping a 16-game losing streak.
Ryan Welage added 16 points and six rebounds for the Spartans (4-24, 1-16 Mountain West Conference), who close out their season at Air Force on Saturday. Oumar Barry had nine points and six rebounds and Keith Fisher III had eight points and led the team with nine rebounds.
San Jose State shot 46 percent from the field compared to 36.5 percent for Utah State.
The teams were tied 37-all at the break and Jalen James and Welage made 3-pointers early in the second half to help give the Spartans a 52-49 advantage with 11:43 to play. A jumper by Hillsman gave the Spartans the lead for good, 60-58, with 5:38 left and they held on for the win.
Sam Merrill scored 26 points to lead the Aggies (14-16, 7-10) who have lost four straight. Daron Henson added 11.