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By Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team visits its South Bay rival Santa Clara on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Leavey Center.
Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s non-conference contest.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (3-8, 0-2 Mountain West)
PPG: 64.1 | FG%: 38.8 | 3FG%: 26.8 | FT%: 66.0
NOTES: The Spartans are in the midst of an incredibly difficult schedule, facing three Pac-12 teams and the top two teams in the MW over its last five games. Most recently, the Spartans fell to Stanford 78-58 on Saturday at the Event Center. Seneca Knight is averaging a team-best 12.5 points per game. Christian Anigwe leads the Spartans with 6.0 rebounds per game and 13 total blocked shots.
SANTA CLARA BRONCOS (10-2, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
PPG: 76.9 | FG%: 47.2 | 3FG%: 32.8 | FT%: 75.1
SERIES: The Spartans trail 31-80 all-time.
LAST: SJSU lost 71-63 in San Jose last year.
NOTES: Santa Clara has won two straight games since falling to Nevada. The Broncos defeated Cal 71-52 on Dec. 7 and Sacramento State 60-58 on Dec. 14. Guglielmo Caruso, a native of Naples, Italy, leads Santa Clara in both scoring (11.2) and rebounding (5.5). DJ Mitchell is averaging 10.7 PPG while shooting 46.4% from three.
SAN JOSE STATE SUFFERS HEARTBREAK AT SAN DIEGO STATE
SJSU suffered a heartbreaking loss at SDSU on Dec. 8 … Up by a point with five seconds remaining, the Spartans saw the Aztecs’ Malachi Flynn hit a deep three-pointer at the buzzer for the win … SJSU’s Ralph Agee posted his first double-double for the Spartans with 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench … SJSU held SDSU to just 31.7% shooting … SJSU matched a season-low with 11 turnovers.
SAN JOSE STATE STYMIES GRAMBLING STATE
Grambling State entered the Nov. 20 game with the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense, averaging 114 points over its first three 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 threes.
SAN JOSE STATE SHOWS EFFORT IN WIN OVER SIMPSON
The Spartans had 13 different players score in an 85-60 win over Simpson on Nov. 17 … Zach Chappell came off the bench to score a season-high 14 points, including a pair of threes … Seneca Knight was 6-of-8 shooting for 15 points … Craig LeCesne added 13 points in 19 minutes … Ralph Agee posted 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting … Harminder Dhaliwal made his collegiate debut and had two points and two rebounds in six minutes.
SAN JOSE STATE STUNS HOFSTRA IN SEASON OPENER
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, JC transfer and former Wake Forest guard, Richard Washington, posted a team-high 23 points off the bench on 8-of-13 shooting … Washington scored 12 of his 23 points in the final four minutes, including a stretch of three straight threes to put the game away … Craig LeCesne had his first career double-double with a career-high 19 points plus 11 rebounds … It was the Spartans’ first win in a road opener since 2010-11 when SJSU 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.