SAN DIEGO — The final numbers were ugly, and that doesn't include the score.
The Associated Press
That wasn't very pleasing either to San Jose State coach Dave Wojcik.
The visiting Spartans got thumped by No. 13 San Diego State, 90-64, in a Mountain West game on Tuesday night.
"They really are long but we didn't play really smart," Wojcik said. "We competed and we played hard but we didn't play smart. When I say smart that's taking care of the basketball. We had too many turnovers which lead to easy baskets."
The Spartans (7-20, 1-14 MW) tied a season-high by committing 22 turnovers. Off those miscues, San Diego State (24-3, 13-2) scored 33 points.
"They are really aggressive on the defensive end and force a lot of turnovers," said San Jose State guard Rashad Muhammad, who tied Jaleel Williams with 14 points. "We just got to get better with that pressure full court."
Winston Shepard, Dwayne Polee II and JJ O'Brien each scored 12 points to lead a balanced offense for the Aztecs. They did so in front of another rowdy Viejas Arena crowd in winning their 13th straight at home.
"It definitely was a great experience, my first time playing here and it was crazy," Muhammad said.
San Jose State, which won its first conference game in school history last week at Nevada, didn't have an answer for the Aztecs defense. The Spartans were forced to rely on their outside shooting, seldom getting to the rim and that was proven when they attempted zero first-half free throws. They did attempt 19 in the second-half, but many came after the game was all but decided.
"I thought we had to be more aggressive in going to the basket," Wojcik said. "We were settling for 3s and when you settle for 3s against a team like this you get run outs and easy baskets at the other end and that's what happened in the first half."
The Aztecs put the game away with a 19-1 run starting with 15 minutes left in the second half. The Spartans committed seven fouls over that stretch and San Diego State's defense continued to cause problems.
The Aztecs held the Spartans without a point over 7 minutes. The Spartans went more than eight minutes between field goals as the Aztecs defeated a California team for the 40th straight time.
The Aztecs held a 44-30 halftime lead, thanks in part to a pesky defense which had 11 steals.
The Spartans hung around early, thanks to the long ball. They hit six 3-pointers in the first half, with four in the opening seven minutes.
"They take and make a lot of 3s," San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said. "We made a goal of five 3s for the game and they had that many 3s at the first TV time out."
But after trailing by just one with 12 minutes left in the half, the Aztecs' defense tightened and the Spartans quickly gave ground.
San Diego State stretched its lead to 31-21 on Shepard's finger roll at the 7:25 mark and was ahead by 14 heading into the second half.
The Aztecs also had 14 steals, the most collected by any San Jose State opponent this year.
"We've got to take care of the ball better," Muhammad said. "That's just on us, definitely. I think we allowed the turnovers to beat us more than they beat us on the offensive end."