San Jose State ends regular season with 83-61 loss to Air Force

Photo credit: @SJSUMBB

By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans entered Clune Arena on Saturday afternoon for yet another Mountain West matchup against the Air Force Falcons.

In case you missed it, SJSU picked up their first conference win of the season with a close 64-62 win over the Utah State Aggies at the Event Center on Wednesday night. It was also SJSU’s first conference win at home since February 18, 2017, and first win over USU in San Jose since 2008.

Jaycee Hillsman and Keith Fisher III contributed to most of the Spartan offense in the first half. Hillsman and Fisher III had all 10 points for the Spartans, but there was too much offensive pressure from the Falcons, especially from senior guard Jacob Van. The Spartans trailed by five, 15-10, at the 11:34 mark.

Fisher III had 10 points at one moment in time, but he managed to connect with a long-range jumper to pull the Spartans within 11 with 6:38 left. This was an even deeper deficit, but at least the Spartans tried their best to get back into the game.

The Spartans trailed the Falcons 50-26 at the end of the first half. Fisher III led all scorers with 14 points and five rebounds. Meanwhile, Air Force was 10-18 from the 3-point line.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Hillsman and Noah Baumann forced the Falcons to a call a timeout. Though, SJSU still had a long way to go in redeeming themselves as they trailed the Air Force 57-38 at the 15:20 mark.

The Spartans cut the lead by 20, but continued to trail the Falcons 81-61 with less than a minute remaining in regulation. Air Force dribbled out the final 15 seconds and Falcons coach Dave Pilipovich shook hands with Spartans coach Jean Prioleau as Pilipovich’s team cruised to a 83-61 win at home.

The Spartans finished the 2017-18 season with a record of 4-25 overall (1-17 MW) while the Falcons ended the season 12-18 overall (6-12 MW).

Notes
Spartans’ starting lineup: Oumar Barry, Jalen James, Keith Fisher III, Jaycee Hillsman and Ryan Welage.

Falcons’ starting lineup: CJ Siples, Jacob Van, Trevor Lyons, Ryan Manning and Frank Toohey.

Up Next
The No. 11 Spartans take on the No. 6 seed in Game 3 of the First Round of the Mountain West Tournament on Wednesday, March 7 at 4:00 pm PT.

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