San Jose State spreads holiday cheer in hospital pediatric unit

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By Ana Kieu

San Jose State football linebackers Tysyn Parker and Alii Matau and gymnasts Chelsey Andrada, Jada Mazury and Emma Milne spent an afternoon after final exams distributing toys to children in the pediatric unit of Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif.

Bags of toys and donations to purchase additional gifts were collected at an athletics department-hosted student-athlete party prior to final exams.

“The stuff they have to go through on a daily basis is pretty tough. The fact they have to spend the holidays in the hospital and possibly fight every day for their life is tough. I don’t think I would be able to do it as an adult. For then to do it as a young kid, it’s hard,” said Parker, one of the football team’s most active players in the Beyond Football program.

“If it’s just me showing up and giving them a toy, see a smile, and give them a little bit of hope, I can make a difference.”

“It’s absolutely wonderful to have San Jose State here to help our pediatric patients recover. The kids really enjoy seeing the athletes come in and share time with them and their families,” said Joe DeSchryver, Good Samaritan Hospital Chief Executive Officer and a close friend of San Jose State football head coach Brent Brennan.

“It’s actually unique to have visitors come and see our patients. We have musicians that come here at times, but we’re very fortunate that San Jose State reached out to us (through Beyond Football coordinator Tobruk Blaine) and provided the community with good will through the Beyond Football program. We’re very excited to have them here.”

“It was very humbling to see the families and kids here. We just got to talk to the kids a little bit, but they were mostly excited about their new toys. I was happy to see that,” said Andrada, who has experienced spreading holiday cheer to less fortunate families in her hometown of Benicia, Calif.

The visit consisted of hospital staff escorting the Spartan contingent of the five student-athletes, Coach Brennan and his wife Courtney Brennan, director of football operations Ben Thienes, Blaine from Beyond Football, and director of football digital communications Cam Radford to patients’ room in the pediatric unit.

“I love seeing the kids happy. I remember when I was younger the struggles my family and I went through. They always provided my brother and I with toys and gifts and it brightened up the mood. Now, I can return the favor to children in need. It puts a smile on my face,” said Matau, who remembers handing out Christmas dinners as a teenager in church-sponsored events. Matau credits his parents with instilling a sense of philanthropy through his family.

“My parents said giving is more important than receiving. And, I can feel that, especially the last couple of years when I stuff to give. It was just awesome to give back. I love giving.”

“It meant a lot for all of us to be here and help the kids, wish them a Merry Christmas and happy holidays, because they will remember it for the rest of their lives. It’s important to give back to the community,” said Mazury, a freshman who has volunteered at food banks in San Jose and at home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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San Jose State Spartans podcast with Ana Kieu: A similar men’s basketball team in terms of losses

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On the SJSU Spartans podcast with Ana:

1. Men’s basketball: SJSU dropped a thriller to San Diego State 59-57 on Sunday, Dec. 8.

2. Men’s basketball: SJSU returns home to host Stanford on Saturday, Dec. 14.

3. Women’s basketball: SJSU won conference opener 76-61 over Utah State on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

4. Women’s basketball: SJSU downed SDSU 84-67 on Saturday, Dec. 7.

5. Softball: SJSU signed four student-athletes for 2021.

Ana’s final thoughts…

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NCAAF podcast with Michelle Richardson: Sooners defeat Bears in OT; Appalachian State gets win over Louisiana Lafayette; plus more

photo from Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Jalen Hurts threw a touchdown for the overtime win over the Baylor Bears on Saturday afternoon.

On NCAAF podcast with Michelle:

#1 The Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) beat the Baylor Bears (11-2) by a touchdown 30-23 in overtime. The Sooners quarterback Jalen Hurts threw 17-24 for 287 yards, one touchdown and one interceptions.

#2 Appalachian State University (12-1) defeated Louisiana Lafayette (10-3) 45-38, Appalachian State quarterback Zac Thomas threw for 9-17 for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

#3 Ohio State (9-0) basketball: The Buckeyes defeated Penn State (7-2) 106-74. The Nittany Lions Kaleb Wesson led all scorers with 28 points.

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

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San Jose State Spartans podcast with Ana Kieu: Is there hope for the men’s basketball team?

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On the SJSU Spartans podcast with Ana:

1. Ana, talk about SJSU football beating Fresno State 17-16 and reclaiming the Valley Trophy last Saturday night.

2. SJSU men’s basketball suffered a blowout by UCLA 93-64 this past Sunday.

3. SJSU men’s basketball lost to #25 Utah State 71-59 on Wednesday night.

4. SJSU men’s basketball heads to Viejas Arena to take on SDSU on Sunday.

5. SJSU baseball added 6 signees to its 2020 signing class.

Ana’s final thoughts…

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Cardinal bounce back with hoop win over Seahawks 72-54

photo from The Stanford Cardinal Tyrell Terry (3) goes for the throw down in the Cardinal victory over WNC Wilmington at Maple Pavilion on Sunday afternoon

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Stanford returned to the win column in men’s basketball on Sunday, as the Cardinal defeated UNC-Wilmington 72-54 in non-conference play at Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal are off to their best start since 2011, when they won 10 of their first 11 contests.

Oscar da Silva netted a career-high 26 points, as the Cardinal bounced back from their only loss of the season. Da Silva was 11 of 14 from the field and grabbed five rebounds despite missing a few minutes early in the second half after taking an errant elbow to the head.

Spencer Jones scored 17 points, including a career-high five f3-pointers for the Cardinal (8-1). Freshman Tyrell Terry was in early foul trouble, but still scored nine points while collecting four rebounds and five assists.

Marten Linssen and Jaylen Sims scored 12 points each to lead the Seahawks, who have not defeated a Pac-12 team since 2006.

Stanford never trailed in the game, leading by as many as 25. It was UNC-Wilmington’s fifth game in 10 days, and, after falling behind 12-0, the Seahawks never caught up. The Cardinal held a 33-30 rebounding edge.

The Cardinal led by 19 in the first half behind the inside-outside games of da Silva and Jones. Jones sank four of his 3-pointers in the first half, as Stanford built a 38-19 lead.

The two head coaches — Jerod Haase of Stanford and C.B. McGrath of Wilmington — were teammates for two years while playing at Kansas, and coached together for 14 seasons at North Carolina.

Stanford has nearly two weeks off before its next game on Dec. 14 at San Jose State.

San Jose State Spartans podcast with Ana Kieu: SJSU to battle Fresno State in football season finale; SJSU men’s basketball exceeds expectations; plus more

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On the SJSU Spartans podcast with Ana:

1. Football: SJSU dropped a heartbreaker at UNLV 38-35 on Saturday, November 23rd.

2. Football: SJSU gets ready to host arch-rival Fresno State in season finale on Saturday, November 30th.

3. Men’s basketball: SJSU got blown out by Portland State at home 91-76 on Saturday, November 23rd.

4. Men’s basketball: SJSU got blown out by Oregon State at Las Vegas Classic 83-48 on Wednesday, November 27th.

5. Men’s basketball: SJSU heads to UCLA to take on the Bruins on Sunday, December 1st.

Ana’s Final thoughts

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SJSU Spartans podcast with Ana Kieu: Has football bye helped?; Does home court help men’s basketball?; plus more

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On the SJSU Spartans podcast with Ana:

1. Football: SJSU was on a bye week last week. The Spartans take on the UNLV Rebels on Saturday, Nov. 23.

2. Men’s basketball: SJSU hosted the Simpson Red Hawks on Sunday, Nov. 17.

3. Men’s soccer: Fourth-seeded CSU Bakersfield scored a late goal to end SJSU’s postseason on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

4. Women’s basketball: SJSU picked up first road victory with 73-70 win over UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Nov. 15.

5. Women’s golf: SJSU signed two winning golfers for the 2020-21 season.

Ana’s final thoughts…

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Headline Sports with Barbara Mason: 49ers will have to step it up against Green Bay on Sunday; Raiders squeeze by winless Bengals; plus more

sfgate photo: San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo looks to pass in 4th quarter of Niners’ 36-26 win over Arizona Cardinals in NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 The San Francisco 49ers cut it close in their last two games vs. Seattle and Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals in a last minute comeback touchdown to squeak it out.

#2 The Oakland Raiders just got by the Cincinnati Bengals in a 17-10 win. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw 25-29, 292 yards, one touchdown, and an interception.

#3 A tough loss in New Orleans as the Golden State Warriors dropped a 108-100 contest to the Pelicans Sunday but tonight they finally pulled off a win against the Memphis Grizzlies 114-95 ending a seven game loss streak.

#4 The Sacramento Kings just got by the Boston Celtics 100-99. The Kings have to thank Buddy Hield, who scored 35 points on Sunday at Golden 1 Center.

#5 The #3 Stanford women came up with a huge victory over Gonzaga 76-70 in overtime. Lexie Hull scored 20 points of 22 after halftime.

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SJSU Spartans podcast with Ana Kieu: Which football team came out to play?; What’s up with the men’s basketball team?; plus more

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On the SJSU Spartans podcast with Ana:

1. Football: SJSU came up just short at Hawaii 42-40 on Nov. 9th.

2. Football: SJSU’s next game will be at UNLV on Nov. 23rd.

3. Men’s basketball: SJSU opened the season with a 79-71 win over Hofstra on Nov. 6th.

4. Men’s basketball: SJSU dropped home opener to Portland 72-57 on Nov. 10th. Also, do you think SJSU’s game at #21 Arizona on Nov. 14th was a revenue game?

5. Men’s soccer: SJSU couldn’t complete comeback in regular season finale at Seattle University in 3-1 loss on Nov. 9th.

Ana’s final thoughts.

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Cardinal routs Long Beach for third win 86-58

photo from Jaiden Delaire (11) for the Stanford Cardinal took possession of the ball against Long Beach State defender Romelle Mansel (13) during Tuesday night’s contest at Maples Pavillion in Palo Alto

By Daniel Dullum

Stanford men’s basketball is off to its best start in three years. The Cardinal won their third game to open the season on Tuesday, defeating Long Beach State 86-58 at Maples Pavilion.

Sophomore Jaiden Delaire led a balanced Stanford attack with a career-high 14 points. Freshman Tyrell Terry also had 14 points for the Cardinal, and Oscar da Silva contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.

Max De Geest was the 49ers’ top scorer with 13 points, followed by Jordan Griffin with 12.

The Cardinal (3-0) began pulling away after a media timeout in the first half, and built a 21-point lead at 4:43 of the half. Terry’s layup 17 seconds before halftime put Stanford up 47-22, taking advantage of 12 49er turnovers.

Stanford outscored LBSU 30-8 in the paint. Lukas Kisunas grabbed seven boards in 10 minutes as the Cardinal held a 38-30 rebounding edge. Overall, Stanford shot 54 percent (35 of 65 total, 10 of 23 3-point).

A Terry dunk at 14:00 of the second half gave the Cardinal a 38-point cushion. Griffin’s 3-pointer sparked an 11-0 run for the Beach (1-1), but Stanford had the game all but put away.

In attendance on the media side was Mike Montgomery, who served as color analyst for the Pac-12 Network telecast. Montgomery played for Long Beach State in the 1960s and coached Stanford for 18 seasons. He’s in the Athletic Hall of Fame for both schools.

Stanford hosts Santa Clara on Saturday night, then plays its first road game of the season at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City on Nov. 25.