San Jose State falls short in a wild game, losing 87-86 to Boise State

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans looked to start the new year on the right foot as they wrapped up a back-to-back series against the Boise State Broncos at Grand Canyon University Arena on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Spartans weren’t granted that wish, but it was a closer outcome than expected as they fell short 87-86.

The Spartans’ starting lineup featured Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Trey Smith, Nate Lacewell and Ralph Agee. The Spartans won the tip and were underway in Phoenix. Lacewell made a shot from the 3-point line to help the Spartans get on the board 3-2 at the 19-minute mark of the first half. Lacewell’s five early points helped the Spartans hang tough as they trailed 8-5 at 15:10 of the half.

Jalen Dalcourt entered the game to make his Spartan debut. Dalcourt went on to hit a 3-pointer and accumulated seven points at the final media timeout of the half. SJSU trailed 31-24 with 3:30 left in the half.

Richard Washington buried back-to-back triples to give the Spartans a much-needed boost with 45 seconds left in the half. The Spartans trailed by eight, 42-34, heading into the locker room at halftime.

Omari Moore opened the second half with a 3-pointer from the corner. A little less than three minutes later, Nate Lacewell hit another 3-pointer from downtown. The Spartans trailed by four, 46-42, at 16:20 of the half.

SJSU picked up the pace. Richard Washington knocked down a 3-pointer and Jalen Dalcourt followed up with two and one to help the Spartans to a 53-52 lead at 13:24 of the half.

SJSU experienced some hiccups, but they fought hard to pull off an upset. Richard Washington was back with his old tricks, scoring 19 points (5-of-8 from the 3-point line) and Jaen Dalcourt drew a foul on a 3-point attempt and knocked down all three attempts at the charity stripe. Ralph Agee made a pair of free throws to help the Spartans regain the lead, 70-69, with 6:30 left in the half.

The Spartans’ upset never happened, but it was a closer outcome than expected. Richard Washington’s seventh triple made it a one-point game with 14.6 seconds left in the half. The Spartans had a chance to win the game on their final possession, but they missed a potential game-winning shot.

The Spartans lost 87-86. SJSU fell to 1-5, 0-4 Mountain West.

BSU improved to 8-1, 4-0 Mountain West.

The Spartans face their recently added nonconference opponent Benedictine Mesa Redhawks (0-3) on Monday, January 4 at 6:30 pm PT. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Bears couldn’t hold their own in second half lose to Ducks 82-69

The Oregon Ducks were taking to the hoop in the second half with a 46-34 difference on the Cal Bears at Matthew Knight Arena at the University of Oregon on Thu Dec 31, 2020 (USA Today photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, in the first half action of Cal’s (5-5) game against the Oregon Ducks (7-1) the Bears looked like they might make an interesting game of it trailing the Ducks just by a point at the half 36-35.

#2 The Bears Matt Bradley returned after missing two games and suffering an injury. Bradley led the Bears with 21 points at Matthew Knight Arena on New Year’s eve.

#3 The Bears Makale Forman in spite of the loss had a hot hand with 14 points and four three pointers. You got to like what he brings to the Cal offense.

#4 The Ducks had a second half surge outscoring Cal 46-34 and the Ducks top scorer Eugene Omoruyi led the Ducks with 26 points Omoruyi was a huge contributor towards keeping the Bears from playing catch up.

#5 The Bears head to Oregon State to face the Beavers. The Beavers had their game against Stanford on Thursday night canceled due to Covid-19 testing results and contact tracing issues. The Bears hope for the Beavers to be healthy and ready for Sat Jan 2nd’s game tell us how you see this match up.

Join Michael for the Cal Bears podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

No. 21 Oregon methodically (and patiently) dismantles Cal, 82-69

By Morris Phillips

The Oregon Ducks don’t have a center or frontline size typical of Power 5 teams. They also don’t have a traditional point guard. And they came into Thursday’s contest with Cal lacking continuity as their previous game against UCLA was canceled due to COVID concerns.

What they do have is loads of talent directed by record-setting coach Dana Altman, which makes them a problem, an assessment with which the Bears would certainly agree.

The Ducks afforded Cal some open looks early which translated into one seven-point lead in the first half and a four-point lead early in the second half. But that was it, after Cal’s second lead the No. 21 Ducks responded in a big way while coasting to a 82-69 win.

“I thought the first half we played really confidently and we competed well throughout the night,” Bears coach Mark Fox said. ”In the second half, we just had a drought. We put so much pressure on our defense.”

Matt Bradley returned to the Cal lineup after missing two games and put up an efficient 21 points to pace his team. But as the game progressed Oregon’s defense did too, eventually shutting down Bradley and others while forcing a slew of turnovers, with nine of Cal’s 17 giveaways after halftime.

Eugene Omoruyi was the central figure in discombobulating Cal with five steals to go with a game-best 26 points. Despite being listed at 6’6″, Omoruyi was dominant inside, setting up shop near the baseline and attacking Cal at the basket relentlessly, so much so Cal’s 7-foot center Lars Thiemann fouled out in just 18 minutes of floor time.

“I thought Eugene did a lot of good things and the five steals – his activity there was really good,” said head coach Dana Altman. “He was really unstoppable inside.”

Without size or an offensive catalyst, the Ducks rely on their defense to create a bunch of good things. That took place Thursday, it just took basically a half to materialize which may have been due to the Ducks’ unusually long 11-day layoff.

Over the final 12:45, Oregon stretched their narrow lead to 13 while limiting Cal to 20 points.

The Ducks won for the 27th consecutive time at Matthew Knight Arena, and beat Cal for the eight consecutive time dating back to February 2016. Altman kept his name moving up the all-time wins list for coaches with his 676th in 31 plus seasons at the Division I level. Next up in 22nd place with 677 wins, Altman will equal former Cal coach Mike Montgomery.

The Bears (5-5, 0-3) next play at Oregon State on Saturday, a team they’ve already lost to this season in early December. The Bears have a ceiling to break through with conference losses to Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon along with the loss to OSU that doesn’t count in the Pac-12 standings.

Coronavirus issues postpones Stanford-Oregon State game on Thursday night

Gill Coliseum in Corvallis OR home of the Oregon State Beavers site of Thu Dec 31, 2020 game that was postponed due to Covid-19 testing results vs. the Stanford Cardinal. The Pac 12 is working on rescheduling the game. (file photo from Corvallis Gazette Times)

By Daniel Dullum

Sports Radio Service

Thursday, December 31, 2020

For the sixth time this season, Stanford has had to cancel or postpone a men’s basketball game due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cardinal’s Dec. 31 Pac-12 game at Oregon State was postponed due to COVID-19 testing results and contact tracing within the Beavers’ program.

According to the Stanford men’s basketball Web page, the Pac-12 Conference will work with the Cardinal and Oregon State programs to find a mutually agreeable date to reschedule the game. Details will be provided as they become available.

Stanford is scheduled to continue its schedule on Saturday at No. 21 Oregon, starting at 7 p.m. PST.

San Jose State taken down by Boise State 106-54 in first game of Phoenix trip

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By Ana Kieu

San Jose State men’s basketball looked to snap a four-game losing skid against the Boise State Broncos on New Year’s Eve. After all, who wouldn’t want to ring in the New Year with a bang?

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case as the first game of the teams’ back-to-back series was lopsided from the get-go. The Spartans got blown out by the Broncos 106-54 at the Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center on Thursday evening.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau switched his starting lineup, moving Richard Washington in for Seneca Knight and Trey Smith in for Sebastian Mendoza.

Ralph Agee led the Spartans early in the first half with 6 points. Still, the Broncos led 13-9 at the under-12 timeout.

Nate Lacewell knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner before drawing a foul. Lacewell shot 2 out of the break. The Spartans trailed 43-22 with 3:58 left in the half.

Though Ralph Agee had 10 points and Trey Smith added 7 points at the break, the Broncos’ potent offense stymied the Spartans. Both Derrick Alston and Marcus Shaver were in double figures. The Spartans trailed 54-29 going into the locker room.

The Spartans dug themselves into a hole that they couldn’t crawl out of.

Derrick Alston hit two 3-pointers in the first 70 seconds of the second half. Alston went on to score 21 points for his fourth straight 20-point game. Abu Kigab recorded his first double-double of the season.

The Spartans trailed 71-32 at 15:33 of the half. Yet, the Broncos continued to pour it on in the half. Emmanuel Akot hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 8 minutes left in the half.

The Broncos finished with four players in double figures: Derrick Alston with 23 points, Marcus Shaver Jr. with 14 points, Emmanuel Akot with 13 points, RayJ Dennis with 13 points, and Abu Kigab with 12 points.

The Spartans suffered a 106-54 loss to the Broncos. SJSU fell to 1-5, 0-3 Mountain West. BSU improved 7-1, 3-0 Mountain West.

The Spartans and Broncos meet again on Saturday, January 2 in a nationally televised game on FS1 at 6:30 pm PT.

San Jose State no longer undefeated after losing to Ball State 34-13 in Arizona Bowl

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By Ana Kieu

The #22 San Jose State Spartans battled it out with the Ball State Cardinals in the Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium on New Year’s Eve. The Arizona Bowl was a battle between two conference champions who wanted to make program history, but it wasn’t in favor of the Spartans.

The short-handed Spartans fell behind early. The Cardinals started fast and handed the Spartans their first loss of the season, 34-13.

Derrick Deese took a nasty hit and landed on his head on the first play of the game. Deese went to the injury tent and later headed into the locker room.

BSU wasted no time getting going, scoring the game’s first 27 points.

SJSU quarterback Nick Starkel’s pass was intercepted and Antonio Phillips returned it for 53 yards for a touchdown. Jacob Lewis missed the extra point. The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead at 12:47 of the first quarter.

Will Jones ran for 3 yards for a touchdown. Jacob Lewis kicked an extra point. The Cardinals took a 13-0 lead at the 10-minute mark of the first.

Ty Evans ran for 3 yards for a touchdown. Jacob Lewis kicked an extra point. The Cardinals made it 20-0 with 5:15 left in the first.

Drew Plitt ran for 1 yard for a touchdown. Jacob Lewis kicked an extra point. BSU led 27-0 at the end of the first.

SJSU couldn’t catch a break in the second quarter.

Although Jacob Lewis missed a short-range field goal early in the second quarter, SJSU backup quarterback Nick Nash threw an interception into the end zone. SJSU quarterback Nick Starkel walked off the field holding the back of his knee after completing a 38-yard pass to Dominic Mazotti. Mazotti held his wrist, too.

SJSU kicker Matt Mercurio missed a 49-yard field goal attempt to close out the first half. The Spartans trailed 27-0 heading into the locker room for halftime.

BSU opened the scoring in the second half. Drew Plitt threw a pass to Yo’Heinz Tyler, who ran 48 yards for a touchdown. The Cardinals extended their lead to 34-0 with 9:42 left in the third quarter.

SJSU showed signs of life on offense, but their offensive efforts weren’t enough. Charlie Bostic III returned Jacob Lewis’ punt 99 yards for a touchdown. The Spartans’ 2-point conversion was ruled as no good. The Spartans trailed 34-6 with 9:28 left in the third.

Nick Starkel returned to the field. Starkel threw a pass to Jermaine Braddock, who ran for 8 yards for a touchdown. Matt Mercurio kicked in an extra point. The Spartans trailed 34-13 with 1 second left in the third, and were down 34-13 after three quarters.

BSU maintained their 34-13 lead in the fourth quarter. Despite their efforts, the Spartans lost to the Cardinals 34-13. Both teams finished their respective seasons with respectable 7-1 records.

SJSU quarterback Nick Starkel announced that he’ll return for a final college football season. SJSU will look to replace some offensive seniors in the offseason.

Stanford Cardinals basketball podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Stanford men’s looking for 5th straight win; Stanford women ranked No.1 in AP poll

Stanford women’s head coach Tara VanDerveer talks with guard Kiana Williams on Tue Dec 15, 2020 just before becoming the winningest coach in NCAA women’s basketball history against Pacific University (AP News photo)

On the Stanford podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry taking a look at a couple of Stanford men’s last two games the Cardinal had to be happy to get wins against the Arizona Wildcats Sat Dec 19th 78-75 and a win over Cal State Bakersfield Mon Dec 21, 63-50.

#2 The two wins over Arizona and Cal State Bakersfield were Stanford’s third and fourth wins in a row. A good streak to carry over as the Cardinal head to Oregon State on New Year’s eve and Oregon on Jan 2.

#3 The win over the Wildcats on Dec 19th was the first time the Cardinal won a game  in 20 games against the Wildcats. The Stanford defense prevented Arizona from scoring and held them to only 35% meanwhile the Cardinal were able to open it up on offense with 61%.

#4 Turning to Stanford women’s basketball. The Cardinal women rank No.1 in the AP poll. Stanford received 26 first place votes as of last Monday.

#5 The Cardinal women have made movements on No.2 Louisville, North Carolina State had moved up to No.3 just edging out UConn.

Join Jerry F every Thursday for Stanford basketball podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Bears coming off two home wins face Oregon New Years Eve

The Cal Bears Joel Brown (1) who scored 12 finished second in scoring as the Bears defeated the Seattle University Redhawks last Tue Dec 22 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley (calbears.com photo)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris the Bears did pick up two home wins defeating Cal Northridge on Sat 19th and Seattle U on Tue 22nd.

#2 In the latest win against Seattle the Bears Ryan Betley scored 17 points he’s one of the young transfer who proved to be a important factor in helping Cal out in scoring in accomplishing a win.

#3 Joel Brown had 12 points talk about his performance and will Cal head coach Mark Fox get the ball to Brown more often?

#4 Kuany Kuany also finished in double figures with 11 points it seemed like he got plenty of time to shoot against the Seattle defense as the Bears wound up getting a five point win.

#5 The Bears are at Oregon (6-1) on New Year’s eve on Thu Dec 31 and have won seven straight games and the Bears are at Oregon State (4-3) on Jan 2. The Beavers have won two of their last five games.

Join Morris Mondays for the Cal Bears podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitleberg: Cardinal getting scoring from key players key for success in four game win streak

Stanford Cardinal Ziaire Williams who led the Cardinal in scoring on Monday night against CSU Bakersfield is seen here battling against the Arizona Wildcats on Sunday Dec 20, 2020 at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz (midtownpress.com photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 The Stanford Cardinal got scoring from Ziaire Williams who led with 17 points in the Cardinal’s win over the  CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners on Monday night in Santa Cruz.

#2 Bryce Wills finished second in scoring with 14 points, Taze Moore 11 and Oscar da Silva with ten points for Stanford. Jerry talk about how important their offensive contributions are.

#3 With the win over the Roadrunners on Monday Stanford have now won four straight games and are becoming a formable Pac 12 contender. Certainly winning is breeding confidence.

#4 During the midway point of the game the Cardinal had the lead and never looked back. The Cardinal led in both ends of each half.

#5 The Cardinal will get ten days off before their next game at Oregon State scheduled for New Years Eve for a 3:00pm tip. It will be Stanford’s first meeting of the season against the Beavers.

Join Jerry F each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com for the Stanford Cardinal podcasts

San Jose State falls to Utah State 85-52

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans concluded its back-to-back conference series against the Utah State Aggies at the Smith Spectrum on Wednesday evening.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau switched up his starting five, which featured Omari Moore, Seneca Knight, Sebastian Mendoza, Ralph Agee, and Hugo Clarkin.

After a scoreless one minute and 51 seconds, USU got on the board as guard Brock Miller knocked down a jumper to make it 2-0 Aggies. The game was tied at 3-3 at 17:16, thanks to a three-point jumper from SJSU guard Sebastian Mendoza. But the Aggies stifled the Spartans’ starters and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the first half.

If there were any silver linings to the Spartans’ lackluster play, it would be Seneca Knight, Sebastian Mendoza, and Hugo Clarkin. All three of them contributed to the Spartan offense and kept the team to a manageable deficit. SJSU trailed USU 42-25 at the end of the half.

Sadly, the second half didn’t provide relief for the Spartans, who were outscored 43-27 before the final buzzer sounded. USU forward Justin Bean opened the scoring with a two-point tip shot just 26 seconds into the half. The Aggie offense continued to wreck havoc on the Spartans’ defenders, who missed a lot of shots and turnovers. SJSU guard Caleb Simmons wrapped up the scoring with a lone free throw, but it was too little, too late. The Spartans fell to the Aggies 85-52.

SJSU fell to 1-4, 0-2 Mountain West. Richard Washington led the Spartans with 11 points.

USU improved to 5-3, 2-0 Mountain West. Rollie Worster led the Aggies with 15 points.

The Spartans continue their conference slate with a game against the Boise State Broncos on December 31 at 5:30 pm PT.