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By Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team returned home to host the Simpson Red Hawks at the Provident Credit Union Event Center on Sunday. SJSU got blown out by #19 Arizona, 87-39, last Thursday.
SJSU’s starting five was Brae Ivey, Seneca Knight, Christian Anigwe, Eduardo Lane and Craig LeCesne.
SJSU won the tip-off and the home game was underway. SJSU opened the scoring, thanks to Knight’s 3-pointer just 20 seconds into the first half. Simpson responded with a 3 of their own, courtesy of Blake Trent, at the 18:47 mark.
The 3-3 tie wasn’t the only tie of the game. The Red Hawks’ Nathan Presnell hit a jumper and Knight made a game-tying layup to tie it 5-5 at the 16:31 mark. The Spartans’ Richard Washington made a layup in the paint and Presnell hit a jumper to tie it 7-7 at the 14:48 mark.
From there, SJSU got ahead of the game. Ralph Agee hit back to back jumpers in the paint, Zach Chappell hit a 3 and Washington hit a fastbreak 3. The Spartans led 17-9 at the 12:19 mark.
But Simpson had other plans. The Red Hawks pulled within 3 at the 11:07 mark. Kon Anguik hit a 3 and Brycen Wight made a fastbreak layup in the paint.
The Red Hawks never got back up for the remainder of the half. The Spartans went on a 8-0 run and a 9-0 run, respectively, to take a 42-26 lead to the locker room at the halftime break.
The Red Hawks scored first to open the second half, but the Spartans maintained their lead from that moment on. LeCesne made a pair of layups to extend the Spartans’ lead to 46-28 at the 18:14 mark. Then, SJSU went on an 8-0 run to make it 56-29 at the 16:06 mark. Lane made a layup, Ivey hit a 3 and Knight made a fastbreak layup in the paint, fastbreak free throw and a dunk.
But the Spartans refused to back down. SJSU continued to make the plays and put the points on the scoreboard. These two teams went on their own little runs, and while the Red Hawks’ Wight capped off the scoring with a fastbreak layup in the paint, it was the Spartans who won the game by a final score of 85-60.
With the win, SJSU improves to 2-2, while Simpson falls to 0-1.
“Yes, the chemistry definitely played a role in the win and our points off the bench,” Seneca Knight and Zach Chappell said when asked about the team’s chemistry. “Some guys, including us, have been getting along with each other and they’ve been practicing really hard because they want to do a great job and also make the fans happy.”
“Agee means a lot to our team,” Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau said when asked about Ralph Agee. “He brings a lot of energy. I thought he was really good tonight in the middle of our zone because he communicates, and when he communicates, he allows the forwards and whoever’s on the back side to kind of match up and know where they’re supposed to be. I thought he did a really job there. He’s really athletic. He’s a great team player. He loves being here. He loves being on the team. We’re expecting a lot out of him and I think the sky’s the limit for him, and I appreciate the fact that he’s thinking about the team rather than himself.”
The Spartans host the Grambling State Tigers on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 pm PST.