SAN JOSE -- San Jose State's leading scorer James Kinney and starting forward Louis Garrett did not travel with the Spartans on their current road trip as they serve indefinite suspensions for violating team rules.
The pair were not in the lineup for Thursday's 73-37 loss to Denver. They will not play in Saturday's game at New Mexico State and also did not make the trip when San Jose State lost to Utah State on Jan. 11.
After the Utah State game, Nessman said the players "were left behind this trip for failure to meet team policies," according to a San Jose State release.
Reached Friday night, Kinney declined to discuss the suspension but said: "It's something that me and the coaching staff are working on together to get resolved and it will be handled soon."
"They had something they need to do at home," Nessman also said in the release. "They will be unavailable to us, by our choice, until they get these situations rectified. It is unfortunate, but it happens. They are young men and are going to make mistakes."
The Spartans traveled back home to San Jose after the Utah State game before hitting the road again. After losing at Denver on Thursday, SJSU headed to Las Cruces, N.M., to face New Mexico State.
It's the second suspension this season for Kinney, who did not play in a Dec. 22 loss to James Madison in Las Vegas. That was also due to a violation of team rules.
Kinney is averaging 20.6 points per game, which leads the Western Athletic Conference. The Spartans are 9-5 with Kinney in the lineup and 0-3 without him.
Garrett, in his first year at SJSU after transferring from Salt Lake Community College, has started seven games, including the last six before his suspension. He had a season-high of 21 points in a win over Seattle on Jan. 5 and backed that up with 14 points in a win over New Orleans on Jan. 8. He hasn't played since.
The 37 points scored in the blowout loss to Denver was the fewest since scoring 36 in a loss to Cal in 2011 and the second-lowest point total in Nessman's eight years as coach.
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