San Jose State looks for second straight win on Saturday against Northern Arizona

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By: Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Last week, San Jose State snapped its six-game losing skid with a down-to-the-wire 67-65 win over Bethune Cookman at home. This week, San Jose State is looking for its second straight win as they wrap up their four-game homestand with a game vs. Northern Arizona on Saturday night.

Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming game:

Game #9
Northern Arizona (2-5) vs. San Jose State (2-6)
Friday, Dec. 12, 7:00 pm PT
Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.

Live Stats
Fans can view live stats of all San Jose State 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.

All-Access Passport
The Mountain West Network is your all-access passport to Spartan Athletics. For live and recorded video/audio of San Jose State 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.

Back In The Win Column
San Jose State ran away with a 67-65 win over Bethune-Cookman in their last meeting on Dec. 6 to improve to 2-6 on the season. It was the Spartans’ first win over a Division I opponent since Feb. 28, 2018 at Utah State (64-62).

Last Time Out
After struggling to find much offense in the first half vs. Bethune-Cookman, the Spartan offense came to life in the second half as they shot 48% from the field and nailed five triples to come from behind and take down the Wildcats 67-65. Noah Baumann hit 3 of 5 treys in the second half, while Oumar Barry tallied a career-high 13 points and Michael Steadman finished with his third double-double of the season of 15 points and 13 rebounds in the win.

Steady Steadman
JUCO transfer Michael Steadman has had quite the debut for the Spartans this season. The 6’10 forward is averaging a team-high 13.5 points per game and ranks fourth in the Mountain West with 9.4 rebounds per game, which also ranks him in the top-40 nationally. Steadman has three double-doubles on the season, ranking fourth in the conference and has scored in double figures in 7-of-8 games, including six straight.

Staff Shake Up
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.

What About The Lumberjacks?
Northern Arizona enters Saturday’s contest at 2-5 and hopes to end a four-game losing skid. After picking up early season wins over Jacksonville University (97-82) and University of Nebraska at Omaha (76-66), the Lumberjacks have since lost to Hawaii, UC Davis, Santa Clara and Utah Valley. Four Northern Arizona players are averaging double figures in scoring led by Carlos Hines’ 15 ppg. Northern Arizona is led by Jack Murphy in his seventh season.

This will be the seventh overall meeting between the programs. Northern Arizona currently leads the series 4-2 and were the victors in the last installment, which was played on Dec. 15, 2007 at the DeAnza College Gymnasium.

The Baumann Factor
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. Baumann is currently 15-28 (.536) from the 3-point range, which ranks second in the Mountain West.

Baumann came up huge for the Spartans in their win over Bethune-Cookman. After the team finished 0-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half, Baumann sparked the Spartan offense by draining 3-of-5 second half attempts and finished with a season-high 12 points to help lead San Jose State to a victory.

Barry’s Big Day
Senior Oumar Barry had his best game of the season vs. Bethune-Cookman as he finished with a career-high 13 points and tied his season-high of 7 rebounds.

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