San Jose State arrives in Las Vegas, ready to take on UNLV

Photo credit: sjsuspartans.com

By: Ana Kieu

LAS VEGAS — The San Jose State Spartans flew out of the Bay Area and arrived in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon. They got ready for round two with the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center.

 

Here are the game notes and stats you need to know: /

Spartans prepare for Runnin’ Rebels

San Jose State will take on UNLV on Wednesday night at 8 pm PT on AT&T SportsNet.

UNLV escaped with a 82-76 overtime win over SJSU in their first matchup this season at the Event Center.

Spartan fans can tune into KLIV 1590 AM to listen to Justin Allegri’s play-by-play. The pregame show begins at 7:30 pm PT.

Game #21
SJSU (3-17, 0-9 MW) at UNLV (15-6, 4-4 MW)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 8:00 pm PT
Thomas & Mack Center (18,000)
Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
Series: UNLV leads, 36-6
Last Meeting: UNLV defeated SJSU, 82-76, in overtime in San Jose on January 3, 2018.
Just some history

SJSU defeated UNLV in both meetings last season, making it the first time since the 1993-94 season. But the Runnin’ Rebels got revenge in San Jose earlier this season with an 82-76 overtime win.

UNLV holds a 36-6 lead over the Spartans in the all-time series. Prior to last season, they haven’t lost a game to SJSU since 1996.

Most recent meeting
SJSU made a 10-point comeback in the final 4:50 of regulation and forced overtime, but UNLV came out on top in overtime for an 82-76 win. The Spartans closed out regulation on a 12-2 run, thanks to¬†Ryan Welage¬†and¬†Noah Baumann. However, some late miscues in overtime along with the failure to secure enough rebounds cost SJSU what could’ve been their third straight win over UNLV. Welage finished with a team-high 23 points and Baumann finished with 12 points–all from beyond the arc. Brandon McCoy led UNLV with 23 points.

The Ryan Welage show
Ryan Welage¬†scored a new career-high 37 points in SJSU’s 80-76 overtime loss to Wyoming on Saturday. He scored 25 points in the second half, helping SJSU erase a 16-point deficit. He made 12-of-20 field goals–both career-highs–and knocked down 11-of-12 free throws. His 37 points are the second-most by an individual in the MW this season behind Chandler Hutchison’s 44-point performance against San Diego State on January 13. Welage was on the floor for all 45 minutes of the game against Wyoming.

Jalen James nearly gets triple-double
Senior point guard¬†Jalen James¬†is currently playing his best basketball of the season. He nearly got a triple-double in SJSU’s last game against Wyoming. He finished the night with nine points, nine rebounds and eight assists. He was the floor for a career-high 42 minutes and helped the Spartans get out of a 16-point deficit in the second half and force overtime. He took the ball the length of the court with 5.1 seconds left in regulation and made a layup to send the game into overtime. He’s averaging 6 points, 4.1 assists and 4 rebounds over his last three games.

Noah Baumann is league’s most accurate 3-point shooter

Freshman wing Noah Baumann is shooting 60.0 percent (18-30) from beyond the arc during league play, which ranks first among all MW players. He has been deadly all year long from downtown with an overall percentage of 51.7 (31-60).

UNLV got a taste of what Baumann could do in the first meeting this year when he hit 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. Some defenses in league play have clamped down on Baumann including the last game against Wyoming where he only took one shot.¬† New Mexico and SDSU allowed him to take only six shots combined. However he’s had break through games of three-plus hits from deep in four MW games.

Field goal percentage defense remains solid 

SJSU’s current 43.1 field goal percentage defense is the best it’s had in a very long time. The Spartans took the MW’s fifth-ranked 42.4 field goal percentage defense into the beginning of last week before Boise State knocked down 53.1 percent of its shots on Wednesday, followed by 44.1 percent on Saturday by Wyoming.

If the season with that 42.4 percentage, it would be the best for any Spartan team since the 2000-01 season. Last season, Spartan opponents hit 46 percent of their shots. UNLV hit 47.3 percent of its shots against the Spartans in the first meeting of the season.

SJSU outshoots Wyoming

SJSU shot 48.4% (30-62) on Wednesday night compared to Wyoming’s 44.1% (30-68). It’s the sixth time in nine MW games that the Spartans have finished with a higher shooting percentage than the opponent and the fourth time have equal or more amount of made field goals.

Yet, the Spartans come into Wednesday’s tilt winless in league play. In games where SJSU outshoots its opponent, it’s generally turnovers and 3-point shooting that push the game in the opponents’ favor. The Spartans’ 17.6 turnovers per game are the most in Division I basketball, and MW foes have made an average of 8.2 or more three-point baskets per game than SJSU.

Welage continues to climb the SJSU career ranks

Ryan Welage¬†became the 15th player in SJSU men’s basketball history (108th season) to score 1,000-career points on January 9, 2018, at SDSU. Since then, he’s worked his way up to 12th place on the all-time scoring list and is just 11 points shy of passing Sid Williams for 11th.

Welage now has 136 made 3-pointers in his career, ranking third on the Spartans’ all-time list. He is two away from tying Adrian Oliver with 138 made threes and then he’ll only be trailing the program’s all-time leader, Tim Pierce, who made 153.

1. 1,767 – Ricky Berry (84 games)
2. 1,750 – Adrian Oliver (80 games)
3. 1,504 – Stu Inman (123 games)
4. 1,432 – Wally Rank (102 games)
5. 1,272 – Justin Graham (119 games)
6. 1,236 – Chris McNealy (81 games)
7. 1,173 – Coby Dietrick (72 games)
8. 1,139 – Terry Cannon (97 games)
9. 1,136 – Johnnie Skinner (73 games)
10. 1,125 – Ken Mickey (82 games)
11. 1,095 – Sid Williams (111 games)
12. 1,085 –¬†Ryan Welage¬†(81 games)
13. 1,050 – S.T. Saffold (72 games)
13. 1,050 – Olivier Saint-Jean (51 games)
15. 1,049 – Carroll Williams (75 games)

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