SJSU MBB caps doubleheader on Sunday vs. Simpson

Photo credit: sjsuspartans.com

By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State men’s basketball will cap a doubleheader with the San Jose State women’s basketball team on Sunday with a 4 pm PT tip against Simpson at the Provident Credit Union Event Center.

That being said, one ticket will be good for entry into both contests. Contact the SJSU ticket office for more information.

EVENT CENTER PARKING
– The most convenient place to park for basketball games at the Provident Credit Union Event Center is the South Garage on Seventh Street.

– Remember your license plate, you need to enter in the number at the pay stations after parking.

SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (1-2, 0-0 MW)
PPG: 58.3 | FG%: 36.8 | 3FG%: 22.7 | FT%: 50.0

NOTES: The Spartans open up a three-game homestand on Sunday against the Simpson Red Hawks. SJSU plays host to Grambling State on Nov. 20 and Portland State on Nov. 23 before hitting the road for a neutral site contest with Oregon State in Las Vegas on Nov. 27. Guard Richard Washington has been averaging a team-high 13.0 points per game in a team-leading 29.7 minutes per game. Guard Seneca Knight has grabbed a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game.

SIMPSON RED HAWKS (1-3, 0-0 CalPac)
PPG: 68.7 | FG%: 47.5 | 3FG%: 29.8 | FT%: 53.4

SERIES: First meeting

LAST: N/A

NOTES: Simpson is 1-3 this season and plays at Cal Poly on Friday night. Simpson features three players averaging double-figures, led by Blake Trent’s and Chisti Alvis-Iabadie’s 14.0 ppg. Simpson plays in the California Pacific along with UC Merced, Antelope Valley, Benedictine-Mesa, Cal Maritime, La Sierra, Embry-Riddle, Pacific Union and Saint Katherine.

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: None

STREAM: Stream all non-televised SJSU home games via the Mountain West Digital Network at sjsuspartans.com/watch.

RADIO: Justin Allegri on the call through TuneIn.com and the TuneIn app. Search TuneIn for “San Jose St. Basketball”.

EFFICIENT EDUARDO
– Junior college transfer Eduardo Lane has had a nice start to his SJSU career.

– The Brazilian is shooting 63.6 percent from the floor (7-for-11), tops on the team this season.

– Lane is averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game.

– He had nine points and four boards in 19 minutes in Thursday’s loss at Arizona.

SPARTANS STUN HOFSTRA IN SEASON OPENER
– SJSU opened the 2019-20 season with a bang, defeating Hofstra on the road, 79-71.

– Hofstra won 27 games last year, SJSU lost 27 games.

– In his Spartan debut, JC transfer and former Wake Forest guard, Richard Washington, posted a team-high 23 points off the bench on 8-of-13 shooting. He scored 12 of his 23 points in the final four minutes, including a stretch of three straight three-pointers to put the game away.

– Senior forward Craig LeCesne had his first career double-double with a career-high 19 points plus 11 rebounds.

– It was SJSU’s first win in a road opener since 2010-11 when the Spartans topped Eastern Washington, 67-60.

– The Spartans snapped a 21-game road losing streak dating back to the 2017-18 campaign.

– SJSU won on the East Coast for the first time since 2001-02, when the Spartans defeated Fairleigh Dickinson at the BCA Tournament hosted by NC State in Raleigh, N.C.

LOTS OF STARTERS BACK
– The Spartans return seven players who started at least one game a season ago.

– Guard Seneca Knight is the most experienced, as the sophomore started 17 games, including the final 12, of his rookie season.

– Point guard Brea Ivey was just behind Knight, as the former junior college transfer started 16 games last season.

– Forward Craig LeCesne and guard Zach Chappell both started 15 games last year.

– Forward Christian Anigwe, guard Isaiah Nichols and walk-on guard Trey Smith each started one game.

SIX NEW FACES
Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau will have the help of six newcomers on the roster in 2019-20.

– The Spartans have three new junior college transfers in Richard Washington (Tallahassee CC), Eduardo Lane (Marshalltown CC) and Ralph Agee (East LA College). Washington started his collegiate career at Wake Forest, where he played eight games as a freshman before an injury caused him to miss the entire 2017-18 season.

– Another Wake Forest transfer will join the Spartans on the floor this season, as center Samuel Japhet-Mathias will be eligible after a redshirt season last year. The former four-star recruit appeared in 17 games off the bench at Wake Forest as a freshman in 2016-17. He posted six points and four rebounds at No. 17 Xavier.

– Prioleau added two freshmen this season in guard Omari Moore and walk-on center Harminder Dhaliwal.

SAN JOSE STATE TV SCHEDULE
– SJSU will play 10 games on TV this season, including three at home.

– SJSU hosts an ESPN networks game this year for the first time since 2010-11, when either ESPN2 or ESPNU will carry the SJSU tip against Utah State on Dec. 4. SJSU will also be on ESPN2 or ESPNU when visiting Utah State on Feb. 26.

– SJSU will have four non-conference games on TV, all against Pac-12 competition. The Spartans will be on CBS Sports Network when hosting Stanford at the Provident Credit Union Event Center on Dec. 14. SJSU will battle both UCLA and Arizona on Pac-12 Networks and meet Oregon State on FS1 for a neutral site matchup in Las Vegas.

– The Spartans will also have four Mountain West contests on AT&T SportsNet this season — Jan. 15 at UNLV, Jan. 21 at New Mexico, Feb. 8 at Nevada and Feb. 29 vs. UNLV.

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