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By: Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State Spartans’ men basketball team often practices and plays to the catchy song of “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris ft. Ne-Yo, but this week gives the song a whole new meaning as San Jose State has to get back in the win column after six straight losses. Like Ne-Yo sings in his verse “Let’s go. Make no excuses now. I’m talking here and now.”
Now, let us tell you what you need to know prior to SJSU’s tipoff vs. Bethune Cookman Thursday night on KLIV 1590 AM with Justin Allegri.
Game No. 8
Bethune Cookman (4-4) vs. San Jose State (1-6)
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:00 pm PST
Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
Pregame with Prioleau
Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau will be the subject of the second “Pregame With Prioleau” held Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 am PST in the Spartans Men’s Basketball Team Lounge inside YUH on campus. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to hear from Prioleau as he recaps the season thus far and looks forward to what is next.
Cost is $25 and involves a full breakfast. Free street parking is available. To RSVP, email Blake Sasaki at email@example.com
Spartan fans can view live stats of all SJSU men’s basketball games, home and away, by accessing the Live Stats feature at www.sjsuspartans.com. Click on the link on the women’s basketball schedule page to follow the action.
The Mountain West Network is your all-access passport to Spartan Athletics. For live and recorded video/audio of SJSU men’s basketball home and Mountain West road contests, the Mountain West Network is your home. Go to Mountain West Network logo at top of the Spartans Athletics home page or go to www.sjsuspartans.com/video.
SJSU’s top five scorers are all newcomers led by the junior transfer trio of Brae Ivey (13.3), Michael Steadman (13.3) and Craig LeCesne (10.4). Freshmen Seneca Knight (6.1) and Christian Anigwe (6.0) round out the list.
In case you missed it
SJSU dropped to 1-6 as Indiana State went off for 86 points after shooting 76 percent from the floor in the half and finishing at 64 percent for the game. SJSU found little success on their end of the scoresheet, converting just 30 percent from the field.
Winning the boards
Prioleau preaches the importance of winning the boards, and his team has taken care of business in that department thus far. SJSU currently leads their opponents in rebounding margin at +3.7 and have particularly strong on the offensive boards, ranking second in the conference (12.4 per game).
JUCO transfer Michael Steadman is off to a hot start at his new home at SJSU. He currently ranks 5th in the conference in total rebounds per game (8.9) and is riding a five-game streak of double digit scoring. He was named to the Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament team after averaging 11.7 points and 7 rebounds per game. Steadman has two of the team’s three double-doubles this season.
Second season for Prioleau
Prioleau is entering his second season at the helm of SJSU men’s basketball and is coming off his first full offseason with the program. Prioleau was hired on Aug. 4, 2017, and given just three months to prepare for his debut season. Now with a full offseason under his belt to prepare the team, Prioleau and his staff are excited about the team’s potential.
Jean Prioleau made some changes to his staff in the offseason as he brought in former NC State All-American Julius Hodge as an assistant coach. He also promoted director of basketball operations, Ryan Cooper, to assistant coach.
First ever meeting between the teams
Bethune Cookman’s stop at the Event Center is the second of a three-game California road trip. The Wildcats will face St. Mary’s on Tuesday and finish at Cal Poly on Saturday, Dec. 8. Entering the road trip, they are 4-4 with wins over Trinity Baptist (104-44), Johnson University (97-47), Stetson (84-74) and Florida Atlantic (72-70). They’re averaging 75 points per game and have limited opponents to just 38.9 percent shooting from the field.
Thursday’s game will be the first meeting between the programs.
Big Game Baumann
SJSU sophomore Noah Baumann is once again displaying his impressive 3-point shooting abilities this season after finishing in the top-40 in the Mountain West in that department as a freshman. He’s currently 12-of-23 from downtown for a 52.2 percent clip that ranks third in the conference.