Sanjosest 29 43 72
Houston 41 27 68
Date of game: 12/7/2013

Recap: Houston vs. San Jose St

Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Jalen James had a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the San Jose State Spartans won a close game against the Houston Cougars, 72-68, in a non-conference tilt at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Rashad Muhammad scored 21 points in 23 minutes for the Spartans (3-6). Devante Wilson added 16 points.

The Cougars (6-4) were paced by Jherrod Stiggers' 20 points. Brandon Morris added 17 points and five rebounds, while TaShawn Thomas chipped in 12 points.

Houston took advantage of the Spartans' 11 first-half turnovers which allowed the Cougars to take 14 more shots. The home team held a 41-29 lead at the break. San Jose State shot a weak 35 percent from the field but made 5-of-12 from 3-point range. Houston made 41.2 percent of its field goal attempts.

The Spartans came out of the break on fire, making 60 percent of their shots from the floor and draining 9-of-14 from beyond the arc. With 1:34 remaining, Muhammad hit a go-ahead 3-pointer to put the Spartans up, 68-66, and they held on to the lead down the stretch.

James recorded just the second triple-double in school history.

Game Notes

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Lions clinch playoff spot

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Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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