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By Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team begins a three-game homestand with UC Riverside visiting the Provident Credit Union Event Center on Sunday for a 2 pm tipoff.
Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s game.
SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (3-9, 0-2 Mountain West)
PPG: 65.8 | FG%: 39.4 | 3FG%: 27.8 | FT%: 67.1
NOTES: The Spartans trailed by as much as 17 points in the second half at Santa Clara on Wednesday. SJSU cut the lead to six late in the game, but couldn’t complete the comeback at the Leavey Center. The Spartans scored 58 points in the second half after posting 26 points in the first half. Five players scored in double figures led by Zach Chappell’s career-high 20 off the bench. Chappell went 6-of-8 at the free throw line and 2-for-4 from three. Wednesday was the first time this season the Spartans shot better than 45% from the field and lost the game.
UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS (7-5, 0-0 Big West)
PPG: 63.8 | FG%: 43.6 | 3FG%: 33.2 | FT%: 68.7
SERIES: The Spartans lead, 4-3 (3-1 in San Jose)
LAST: SJSU lost, 66-64, on Dec. 12, 2011 in Riverside
NOTES: UC Riverside opened up the season with a 66-47 upset at Nebraska, but have stumbled a bit lately, falling to Cal Baptist on Dec. 4, Washington State on Dec. 15 and Northern Arizona on Thursday. The Highlanders are led offensively by Callum McRae’s 10.3 points per game. He also leads UCR with 7.4 rebounds per game. Dragan Elkaz is shooting 42.5% from three (31-of-73) while Dominick Pickett is shooting 44.2% from long range (19-of-43).
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SAN JOSE STATE COMES UP JUST SHORT AT SANTA CLARA
Down by as much as 17 points in the second half, the Spartans rallied back, but the comeback fell short in an 89-85 loss at Santa Clara on Dec. 18 … SJSU scored 58 points in the second half after scoring just 26 in the first half … The Spartans had five players score in double figures for the first time since a win over Life Pacific on Nov. 7, 2018 … Zach Chappell tallied a career-high 20 points off the bench and dished out a team-high six assists … In his first career start, Ralph Agee posted 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds … SJSU outrebounded Santa Clara, 36-25.
HEARTBREAKER AT SAN DIEGO STATE
The Spartans suffered a heartbreaking loss at San Diego State on Dec. 8. Up by a point with five seconds remaining, the Spartans saw Malachi Flynn hit a deep three-pointer at the buzzer for the win … 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 game on Nov. 20 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.
BALANCED 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 … 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. He scored 12 of his 23 points in the final four minutes, including a stretch of three straight threes to put the game away … It was SJSU’s first win in a road opener since 2010-11 when the Spartans topped the Eastern Washington Eagles, 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.