San Jose State suffers fourth straight loss 76-74 to Central Michigan in third game of the Junkanoo Jam

Photo credit: @SJSUMBB

By: Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans had hoped to snap a three-game losing skid, but that never happened in Sunday’s game against the Central Michigan Chippewas inside the Gateway Christian Academy in Bimini, The Bahamas.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau decided on a starting lineup, which consisted of Michael Steadman, Brae Ivey, Oumar Barry, Noah Baumann, and Craig LeCesne. The Spartans won the tipoff and Barry sinked the first bucket of the game. The Spartans and Chippewas were underway in Bimini, and the Spartans were off to a pretty good start.

At the first media timeout, SJSU led Central Michigan 10-9. But then, it was a one-point game with 7:24 left to go in the first half. The Spartans trailed the Chippewas 22-21, and at the time, LeCesne led the Spartans with 8 points. Fast forward to the final minutes of the half, where the Spartans were 5-for-9 from downtown and held onto a 37-33 lead with 48 seconds left in the half.

The Spartans were on top of the Chippewas 39-35 at the half. LeCesne led 11 points and 3 rebounds. Steadman came in second with 10 points. Moreover, SJSU shot 58.3% (14-for-24) from the floor.

SJSU, however, slipped a bit early in the second half. The Spartans trailed 48-46 at the 14:55 mark, but let’s take a look at the bright side, as Baumann was 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. The Spartans continued to trail the Chippewas, but they turned things around at the 12-minute mark, as they took a 53-50 lead on a 3-pointer by Zach Chappell.

Then, the knight appeared from downtown, as Seneca Knight drained a three from the corner and the Spartans took a 10-point lead, 60-50, midway through the half.

The Spartans held onto a 63-55 lead with 7:35 left in the half. That, my friends, was the positive effect, as the Spartans were 10-for-20 from the 3-point range.

Fans were on the edge of their seats, as they were gearing up for an exciting finish to the game. The Spartans led 67-64 with 3:27 left to play in the half.

The Chippewas, however, refused to back down. CMU took a 74-73 lead with 16 seconds left to play in the half. Not only that, CMU hit a floater to extend its lead to 76-74 with 3 seconds left on the clock. The Spartans fell to the Chippewas 76-74 in the third and final game of the Junkanoo Jam.

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

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