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By Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team will meet their second straight Pac-12 foe on Sunday when SJSU and UCLA tip at 5 pm PST in Pauley Pavilion on the Pac-12 Network.
Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s game.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (3-4, 0-0 Mountain West)
PPG: 66.7 | FG%: 40.1 | 3FG%: 25.3 | FT%: 63.4
NOTES: The Spartans will face their third Pac-12 foe of the young season on Sunday evening at UCLA. SJSU played Arizona on Nov. 14 in Tucson and Oregon State last Wednesday in Las Vegas. Guards Seneca Knight (11.9 PPG) and Richard Washington (10.1 PPG) are also getting after it on the glass, combing for 11.6 rebounds per game. Guard Zach Chappell is averaging 11.8 PPG off the bench over the Spartans’ last four contests.
UCLA BRUINS (5-3, 0-0 Pac-12)
PPG: 71.2 | FG%: 45.1 | 3FG%: 32.3 | FT%: 69.6
SERIES: SJSU is 1-8 all-time vs. UCLA (0-5 in LA)
LAST: SJSU lost, 94-71, on Dec. 11, 1982 in LA
NOTES: UCLA went 1-2 last week at the Maui Invitational, with a win over Chaminade and losses to BYU (78-63) and Michigan State (75-62). The Bruins feature four players averaging double figures in scoring led by Chris Smith’s 12.0 points per game. The Bruins lost to Hofstra, 88-78, while SJSU knocked them off on the road in their season opener 79-71.
TV: Pac-12 Network
STREAM: pac-12.com/live with a cable login
RADIO: Justin Allegri on the call through TuneIn.com and the TuneIn app. Search for “San Jose St. Basketball”.
A constant in the Spartans’ last four games has been the play of reserve guard Zach Chappell … Chappell posted a season-high 17 points, including 3-of-3 shooting from deep, iu Saturday’s loss to Portland State … Chappell tallied 14 points in a win over Simpson on Nov. 17, going 5-of-7 from the field including a pair of 3-pointers … The Spartans are shooting just 25.3% from 3 on the season but Chappell is shooting 43.8% from deep.
SAN JOSE STATE STYMIES GRAMBLING STATE
Grambling State entered the game on Nov. 20 with the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense, averaging 114 points over its first 3 games … The Spartans held the Tigers 38 points under their average in an 83-76 win at the Provident Credit Union Event Center … Grambling State was 1-of-10 shooting on 3s.
BEAUTIFUL BALANCE OVER SIMPSON
The Spartans had 13 different players score in an 85-60 win over Simpson on Nov. 17 … Guard Zach Chappell came off the bench to score a season-high 14 points, including a pair of 3s … Guard Seneca Knight was 6-of-8 shooting for 15 points … Forward Craig LeCesne added 13 points in 19 minutes … Forward Ralph Agee posted 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting … Freshman walk-on Harminder Dhaliwal made his collegiate debut and had 2 points and 2 rebounds in 6 minutes.
SAN JOSE STATE STUNS HOFSTRA
SJSU opened the 2019-20 season with a bang, defeating Hofstra on the road, 79-71, on Nov. 6 … Hofstra won 27 games last year, SJSU lost 27 games … In his Spartan debut, JUCO 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 4 minutes, including a stretch of 3 straight 3s 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 2017-18 … 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.
STARTERS TO STAY
The Spartans return seven players who started at least 1 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 Brae 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 started 1 game apiece.
Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau will have the help of 6 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 4-star recruit appeared in 17 games off the bench at Wake Forest as a freshman in 2016-17. He posted 6 points and 4 rebounds at No. 17 Xavier … Prioleau added two freshmen this season in guard Omari Moore and walk-on center Harminder Dhaliwal.
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 … 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.