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By: Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State men’s basketball will host the New Mexico Lobos inside the Event Center on Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. Mountain West clash that will be televised on AT&T SportsNet. Drew Goodman (play-by-play) and Dave Bollwinkel (analyst) will have the call. Spartan fans can still hear Justin Allegri’s call on the TuneIn app.
Game No. 27
New Mexico (11-15, 5-9) San Jose State (3-23, 0-14)
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:00 pm PT
Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
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 men’s basketball schedule page to follow the action.
Check out the video below for a quick tutorial on how to access the Spartans’ radio call on the TuneIn app.
What Would a Win Mean?
Breaking a 17-game losing skid for the Spartans’ first conference win of 2019. It would also be SJSU’s second-ever against the Lobos.
Recap of Game One vs. New Mexico
SJSU started well against the Lobos in Albuquerque, taking a 30-27 lead with five minutes to play in the first half, however, they went cold and allowed a 35-6 run that bridged the half. New Mexico went on to win 92-60.
Noah Baumann had a team-high 10 points. Ashtin Chastain pulled down 11 rebounds and had seven points. Seneca Knight finished with nine points.
Newcomers on the Rise
The Spartans have played nine first-year players this season, including regular starters Michael Steadman, Zach Chappell, Craig LeCesne and Brae Ivey. The newcomers are accounting for 70.3% of the Spartans’ offense (1,188-1,689).
Steadman alone is accounting for 20% of the Spartan offense with 341 points (20.1%).
The Zach Chappell Show
Freshman Zach Chappell has come on strong as of late, starting the last three games and averaging 7.4 points in the last five games. Against UNLV, he finished with 11 points, a career-high six rebounds and nine assists — tied for the most by a Spartan this season. He had 10 points vs. Colorado State.
Baumann the Boss
Sophomore Noah Baumann is shooting lights out from beyond the arc this season, so good in fact that he ranks second in the MW in 3-point percentage at 44.7%. He also ranks in the top-10 in the MW in 3-pointers per game (2.3).
Baumann set a new school record of 22 consecutive games with a 3-point bucket made against UNLV on February 16, breaking a tie with Robert Owens, who closed out the 2009-10 season on a 21-game streak, for the new record. His streak is currently at 24.
In the loss to Utah State, Baumann had one of the most impressive performances of his career as he scored a career-high 29 points and tied the school record with seven 3-pointers (7-of-10). He also set career highs in 3-point attempts and field goal attempts.
Baumann holds the first and third highest-scoring performances by a Spartan this season with 29 vs. USU and 23 vs. Northern Arizona. He’s averaging 9.6 points in conference play, second-most on the team (Steadman).
Last season as a freshman, Baumann finished the year 40-for-87 (.460) from the 3-point range. He has already eclipsed those numbers with five regular season games to go (59-132, .447).
Chastain in Charge
Junior Ashtin Chastain has been tasked to fill in the gap in the starting lineup as senior Oumar Barry has been sidelined with an injury. Chastain has started the last nine games in his stead.
Spartans head coach 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 and promoted director of operations Ryan Cooper to assistant coach.
Despite losing 90-71 to Colorado State, SJSU might’ve found a hidden gem in the form of junior walk on Brian Rodriguez-Flores, who played 17 minutes and scored a season-high 13 points. He followed that with a season-best 33 minutes at Air Force where he was the first player off the bench and finished with 12 points.
Freshman guard Seneca Knight has upped his game recently as well. In the last five games, he’s averaging 9.2 points. In his last outing against Colorado State, he led the team with a 14 point performance. He followed with 12 points at Air Force.
JUCO transfer Michael Steadman has made a big impact this season as a leader on and off the court. The 6’10” forward is averaging a team-high 13.1 points per game and ranks sixth in the MW with 8.3 rebounds per game. He has eight double-doubles on the season, ranking fifth in the conference and has scored in double figures in 19-of-26 games. He also has 11 games with double-digit rebounds.
Steadman leads the team with four games with at least 20 points, including back-to-back efforts vs. Air Force and USU. He put up a career-high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss to Air Force. He then followed up with 20 points at USU and had 16 in his last game out at Boise State.
In his last outing at Air Force, Steadman pulled down a career-best 17 points to go with 21 points.
Change It Up
Prioleau has used 10 different lineups throughout the season with no one player starting each time out. Barry had started the first 17 games before an injury kept him out of the lineup the last four games. Seven newcomers have made starts, including Knight, Chappell, Trey Smith and Christian Anigwe.
On the Board(s)
SJSU ranks second in the MW in offensive boards with 11.1 per game. They rank sixth in defensive boards with 26.0.
Series History vs. New Mexico
New Mexico holds a 14-1 record in the all-time series and has won the last three since SJSU took down the Lobos 78-68 inside the Pit on February 4, 2017.
The Lobos check in to Tuesday’s game 11-15 and will look to break a two-game losing skid. UNM, led by second-year head coach Paul Weir, are exceptional at taking the ball away. They lead the MW with 6.9 steals per game.