San Jose State defeats Benedictine Mesa 80-64 for second win of the season

Photo credit: @SanJoseStateMBB

By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans stayed in Phoenix to face the Benedictine Mesa Redhawks at the Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center on Monday night.

SJSU recently added Benedictine Mesa to their non-conference schedule over the weekend. This turned out to be a good idea as the Spartans beat the Redhawks 80-64 to pick up their second win of the season and snap their 6-game losing skid.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau stuck with the same starting lineup, keeping Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Trey Smith, Nate Lacewell and Ralph Agee. The Spartans won the tip and the game between the two bottom-feeders was underway.

The Redhawks opened the scoring in the first half. Tyler Fernstrom hit a 3-pointer just 17 seconds into the half. The Spartans used a 12-0 run, capped by Ralph Agee’s 8 points and 5 rebounds, to take a 14-5 lead at 13:25. Jalen Grijalva ended the Spartans’ run with a 3-pointer at 13:01.

Jalen Dalcourt continued to impress the masses as he went 4-for-4 on 3-pointers with 3:33 left in the half. Dalcourt previously posted 23 points in his Spartan debut on Sunday. The Spartans were all smiles at the break when they took a 47-28 lead into halftime over the Redhawks.

The Redhawks scored first to open the second half. Nick Sessions made a jumper to cut the Spartans’ lead to 47-30 just 13 seconds into the half.

Ralph Agee broke out in a big way and recorded a career-high 18 points as the Spartans led 70-54 with 6:04 left in the half. The Spartans were a little scared of the Redhawks, who pulled within 10 points when Nick Sessions hit a 3-pointer with 4:02 left in the half, but they weren’t intimidated. The Spartans took care of business and won by a final score of 80-64 in Phoenix.

SJSU improved to 2-6, 0-4 MW. Ralph Agee led all scorers with 18 points.

BM fell to 0-4, 0-0 CAL PAC.

The Spartans take on the Fresno State Bulldogs for a rivalry matchup on Friday, January 8 at 6 pm PT.

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