San Jose State loses 88-61, gets swept by Colorado State

Photo credit: @SanJoseStateMBB

By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State men’s basketball team wrapped up its two-game tilt on a sour note as they lost to Colorado State Rams 88-61 at the Ability 360 Sport and Fitness Center in Phoenix on Saturday.

Richard Washington checked into Saturday’s game as the nation’s fourth-leading scorer with 22.8 PPG. On another note, albeit far less important, SJSU felt like home as their staffers decorated some of the stands with San Jose State Spartans and Provident Credit Union banners.

The first half featured a lot of creative plays on the both ends of the court. CSU struck first for an early 2-0 lead as James Moors made a second-chance layup in the paint, but SJSU responded right out of the gate with a 3-pointer from Jalen Dalcourt.

The Spartan offense woke up midway through the first half. Ralph Agee made a layup to help the Spartans pull within four at 12:17. Sebastian Mendoza hit two nothing-but-net 3-pointers to put up a team-best eight points.

The Rams rained on SJSU’s parade by igniting scoring surges. Isaiah Stevens made a 3-pointer off of a Spartans turnover and CSU took a 42-26 lead with 48 seconds left in the first half. Richard Washington wrapped up the Spartans’ scoring with a layup in the paint. Both Washington and Sebastian Mendoza scored eight first-half points. The Spartans went into the locker room, trailing 42-28.

Just 11 seconds into the second half, Richard Washington drew first blood with a jumper to make it a 12-point game, 42-30. Washington came out to play with 13 points and the Spartans chipped away at the Rams’ lead 51-40 at 16:14.

The Rams had other plans. CSU hit five of their last seven to extend their lead to 63-44 at 12:03. Sebastian Mendoza wrapped up the scoring with a pair of second-chance free throws off of a Rams turnover and a layup. The Spartans lost 88-61.

SJSU fell to 2-10, 0-8 MW. Richard Washington led all scorers with 15 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds.

CSU improved to 10-2, 7-1 MW. Isaiah Stevens and Adam Thistlewood scored 16 points apiece.

The Spartans travel to St. George, Utah to face the New Mexico Lobos in a two-game set starting Thursday, January 21 at 12 pm PT.

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