Richard Washington shines, but San Jose State loses to Colorado State 90-57

Photo credit: @SanJoseStateMBB

By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State men’s basketball team hosted the Colorado State Rams at the Ability 360 Sport and Fitness Center in Phoenix on Thursday night. Spartans senior guard Richard Washington shined, but SJSU lost to CSU 90-57 in the first game of a two-game tilt.

The Spartans had their game faces on, but the Rams struck first and went on a quick 5-0 run. Adam Thistlewood hit a fast break 3-pointer for a 3-0 Rams lead 50 seconds into the first half. Kendle Moore made a fast break layup at 18:19. The Spartans ended the Rams’ run at 17:22 with a 3-pointer from Jalen Dalcourt off of a Rams turnover.

The Rams proceeded to pour it on for safe measure. Kendle Moore hit a second-chance 3-pointer, James Moors made a paint layup, and Isaiah Stevens made two jumpers to make it 16-7 Rams at 11:47. After a Spartans drought of 2:04, Hugo Clarkin made a paint layup to pull within 20-9. CSU, however, took a 29-9 lead after a P.J. Byrd 3-pointer with 8:27 left.

If things weren’t bad enough, James Moors made a paint layup to make it 31-11 Rams with 6:37 left. Despite a late 6-0 run, SJSU trailed 46-26 at halftime. Richard Washington had 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting at halftime. Washington also recorded his 10th game of the season in double figures and 23rd game of his career.

Richard Washington continued his strong play in the second half. Washington hit back-to-back 3-pointers, but the Rams still led by 16 points at 15:09. Washington added a 3-pointer to pull the Spartans within 63-44 at 11:35.

The Rams used a 12-0 run to build a 31-point lead, 82-51, with 5:05 left. Ralph Agee ended the Rams’ run with a paint layup with 4:50 left. The Rams went on another quick run, 5-0, to take a 87-53 lead with 3:52 left. Trey Smith made a paint layup off of a Rams turnover, Jalen Dalcourt made a jumper off of a Rams turnover and John Tonje dribbled out the clock. The Spartans lost 90-57.

SJSU fell to 2-9, 0-7 MW. Richard Washington led all scorers with 35 points.

CSU improved to 9-2, 6-1 MW. Kendle Moore led all scorers with 18 points.

The Spartans and Rams meet again on Saturday, January 16 at 3 pm PT.

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