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UND men's basketball falls 76-51 at San Jose State

Tim Miles-led SJSU pulls away in the second half

San Jose State's Ibrahima Diallo shoots over UND's Reid Grant during Friday night's game at San Jose State. San Jose State downed UND 76-51. Photo / San Jose State Athletics

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- UND had a respectable first half but couldn’t keep pace in the second as San Jose State -- led by former Mayville State coach Tim Miles -- rolled past the Fighting Hawks 76-51 on Friday night.

The loss dropped UND to 3-6 while San Jose State improved to 4-3.

UND fell behind 15-5 in the first nine minutes but then strung together nine solid minutes and gained a 23-22 lead on a hookshot jumper by Tsotne Tsartsidze with 1:54 to go in the half.

San Jose, however, scored five points in the next minute to lead 27-26 at the break.

The Spartans came out strong in the second half and went up by 19 points in the first six-and-a-half minutes.


Mitchell Sueker led UND with 16 points. He was the only UND player to reach double figures. Caleb Nero added nine while Tsartsidze added seven.

Poor shooting plagued UND as the Hawks shot only 26 percent, compared to a 48-percent showing for San Jose State.

UND committed only 12 turnovers but the Spartans turned those into 20 points. Also SJSU had 20 assists to only nine for UND.

The Spartans were led by Trey Smith and Trey Anderson. Both ended with 17 points.

Miles, who is in his sixth head coaching position, took over San Jose State this season after sitting out the past two years as he was a network college basketball analyst.

UND will remain in California for a few more days. On Tuesday, UND is scheduled to play at California Baptist, which beat San Jose State by one point earlier this season in a game played in Riverside.

UND’s next home game is scheduled Dec. 11 against Eastern Washington.


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