San Jose State falls short in opening round of the Junkanoo Jam, 85-77, to Weber State

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By: Ana Kieu

San Jose State men’s basketball was wheels up for Bimini, The Bahamas, but there was trouble in paradise on Thursday night. Despite a big second half comeback, the Spartans fell short in a 85-77 loss to Weber State in the opening round of the Junkanoo Jam.

The Spartans’ starting lineup consisted of Michael Steadman, Brae Ivey, Zach Chappell, Oumar Barry and Seneca Knight. The lineup was legit, but the Spartans trailed the Wildcats 15-7 at a timeout just under 12 minutes left in the first half.

If there was anything to be positive about in the first, the Spartans tried their best to get back into the game. Chappell hit a three-pointer to cut the Wildcats’ lead to seven, 20-13, just seconds before the media timeout. Moreover, Christian Anigwe led the Spartans with six points at the time.

At the final media timeout of the first, Anigwe and Steadman combined for 11 rebounds and 14 of the Spartans’ 23 points. The Spartans trailed the Wildcats 38-23, which was out of reach to say the least.

The Spartans were down 45-29 at the end of the first. Anigwe had six points and seven rebounds, while Steadman had eight points and five rebounds. The Spartans pulled down 13 offensive rebounds, but found very little success from the floor.

The second half wasn’t much better for the Spartans. But Steadman reached double figures for the second time of his early career at San Jose State with 12 points and seven boards. Steadman was a bright spot on the Spartan roster.

The Spartans were a new-look squad late in the second as they shot 59.3% from the floor and went on a 10-0 run to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 76-69 with 4:31 left in regulation,

It was a six-point ballgame with just under a minute left on the clock. The Spartans trailed the Wildcats by six, 80-74, and Anigwe recorded his first double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

The Spartans used a big second half to make a comeback bid, but they fell short in a 85-77 loss to the Wildcats inside the Gateway Christian Academy.

The Spartans return home to host the Santa Clara Broncos on Saturday, November 24 at 3:00 pm PT.

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