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By Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team looked to snap a five-game losing skid with a win over the Stanford Cardinal at the Provident Credit Union Event Center on Saturday evening.
For the Spartans, that was easier said than done as the Cardinal entered the non-conference contest with just one loss, a one-point loss to the #18 Butler Bulldogs 79-78 on November 26, 2019.
The Spartans’ starters were Brae Ivey, Omari Moore, Christian Anigwe, Seneca Knight and Sam Japhet-Mathias.
The Spartans’ Brew and Vine event was in full swing. Fans enjoyed beer and wine tastings. The Battle of the Bay tip-off was underway. Stanford won its first ever game against SJSU 78-73 on December 18, 2018.
Stanford scored the first six points, but SJSU scored the next four points early in the first half. Omari Moore knocked down the Spartans’ first bucket of the evening to cut their deficit to 6-2. The score was 6-4 Stanford at the first media timeout.
Ralph Agee made a big-time block and Seneca Knight moved to get past defenders to make his shots, but the Cardinal held a 10-7 advantage at 13:03. Stanford led 13-9 at the second media timeout. Then, Stanford extended its lead to 19-9 at the under-eight timeout.
SJSU got the looks, but needed shots to fall. Richard Washington ended the Spartans’ scoring drought with a score. The Spartans trailed 32-19 at the halftime break.
SJSU had a lot of work to do in the second half.
Oscar da Silva added a lot of points from the get-go and the Cardinal defense played very well in the opening minutes. The Spartans had some shots like Seneca Knight’s fastbreak layup and two-handed jam as well as Brae Ivey’s fastbreak three-pointers, but they trailed 41-29 at the first media timeout.
Zach Chappell made a pair of fastbreak free throws to cut the deficit to 46-33. The Spartans trailed 46-33 at the second media timeout.
Seneca Knight knocked down a jumper with 9:50 left, but the Spartans trailed 53-35 at the third media timeout. The Spartans’ shooting slowed down in the closing minutes, but Caleb Simmons and Craig LeCesne made their respective layups. LeCesne added a fastbreak free throw. After that, Simmons hit a three, which going the crowd going, but it was too little, too late.
SJSU took their final timeout. The clock winded down and Trey Smith had the last score, a jumper, with three seconds left to play, but the Cardinal won 78-58.
With the win, Stanford improved to 9-1, 0-0 Pac-12. With the loss, SJSU fell to 3-8, 0-2 Mountain West.
The Spartans take on the Santa Clara Broncos at the Leavey Center on Wednesday, December 18 at 7 pm PST.