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By: Ana Kieu
San Jose State men’s basketball has nothing to play for except for pride, but it’d be great if they picked up their first conference win of the season against the Air Force Falcons Saturday afternoon at the Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tipoff has been scheduled for 1:00 pm PT and Justin Allegri has the Spartans play-by-play call on the TuneIn app.
Like SJSU (3-22, 0-13 MW), AF (11-15, 6-8 MW) plays in the same conference so this likely will be a tough test for both teams. SJSU lost 16 in a row with its last loss occurring at home versus the Colorado State Rams on February 20th. AF, on the other hand, edged the Fresno State Bulldogs 64-61 on the road on February 20th. So there you have it folks, these two teams will likely battle it out on the hardwood.
In case you missed the SJSU vs. CSU matchup, I just have to emphasize that the Spartans fell to the hot-shooting Rams, who shot the ball with authority as six players finished in double figure scoring led by Kris Martin’s 19 points. The Rams shot 59.3% for the game and were 48.5% from the 3-point range. Moreover, the Rams’ 16 made 3s were the most the Spartans have surrendered this season.
The Spartans struggled from the floor, shooting 42% for the game and finished 5-of-21 from the 3-point range. SJSU was limited to just 39.3% in the first half. That was an embarrassment to put it lightly.
Still, the Spartans were delighted by a silver lining, despite what appeared to be a lot of negatives. SJSU committed just three second-half turnovers and wrapped up the game with only 11 total turnovers.
I’d also like to add that the Spartans out-performed the Rams in both points off turnovers (20-6) and points in the paint (42-34). SJSU improved from its 8-21 performance from the free throw line against UNLV (9-14). CSU struggled, finishing just 5-of-11.