San Jose State shoots for third straight win on Saturday

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By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team will go for a third straight win at 7 pm on Saturday evening when the Portland State Vikings visit the Provident Credit Union Event Center.

Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s contest.

SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (3-2, 0-0 Mountain West)
PPG: 68.6 | FG%: 42.2 | 3FG%: 27.0 | FT%: 58.6

NOTES: The Spartans are looking for their first three-game winning streak since 2016-17 when SJSU won four consecutive games as part of a 14-16 season. The Spartans are shooting for their fourth win of the season just three weeks into the season after posting four total wins in each of the previous two years. Seneca Knight is averaging a team-high 11.8 points per game while shooting 48.9% from the field.

PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (1-3, 0-0 Big Sky)
PPG: 79.5 | FG%: 41.7 | 3FG%: 28.8 | FT%: 68.1

SERIES: SJSU leads, 4-1 (2-1 in San Jose)

LAST: SJSU won 76-73 in OT on 12/28/07 in Portland

NOTES: Portland State is 1-3 to start this season after going 16-16 last year, including an 11-9 mark in Big Sky play. Holland Woods is averaging a team-high 18.3 PPG. He had 27 points against Indiana and 22 on Wednesday against Portland. The Vikings are just 19-of-66 from 3-point range this season. Matt Hauser has hit nine of those 3s.

BROADCASTS
TELEVISION: None

STREAM: Stream all non-televised SJSU home games via the Mountain West Digital Network at sjsuspartans.com/watch.

RADIO: Justin Allegri on the call through TuneIn.com and the TuneIn app. Search TuneIn for “San Jose St. Basketball”.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow @SanJoseStateMBB on Twitter for in-game updates

ZEALOUS ZACH
A constant in the Spartans’ two straight wins has been the play of reserve guard Zach Chappell. Chappell tallied a season-high 14 points in a win over Simpson on Nov. 17, going 5-of-7 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers. Chappell then posted 10 points in the win against Grambling State, again knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. The Spartans are shooting just 27.0 percent on threes on the season but Chappell is shooting 38.1% from deep.

SPARTANS STYMIE GRAMBLING STATE
Grambling State entered the game on Nov. 20 at SJSU with the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense, averaging 114 points over its first three games. The Spartans held the Tigers to 38 points under their average in an 83-76 win at the Provident Credit Union Event Center. Grambling State was 1-of-10 shooting on 3-pointers.

EFFECTIVE EFFORT IN WIN OVER SIMPSON
The Spartans had 13 different players score in an 85-60 win over Simpson on Nov. 17. Zach Chappell came off the bench to score a season-high 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Seneca Knight was 6-of-8 shooting for 15 points. Craig LeCesne added 13 points in 19 minutes. Ralph Agee posted 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Harminder Dhaliwal made his collegiate debut and had two points and two rebounds in six minutes.

SPARTANS STUN HOFSTRA IN SEASON OPENER
SJSU opened the 2019-20 season with a bang, defeating Hofstra on the road, 79-71, on Nov. 6. Hofstra won 27 games last year, SJSU lost 27 games. In his Spartan debut, Richard Washington, a JC transfer and former Wake Forest guard, posted a team-high 23 points off the bench on 8-of-13 shooting. He scored 12 of his 23 points in the final four minutes, including a stretch of three straight 3-pointers to put the game away. Craig LeCesne had his first career double-double with a career-high 19 points plus 11 rebounds. It was SJSU’s first win in a road opener since 2010-11 when the Spartans topped Eastern Washington, 67-60. The Spartans snapped a 21-game road losing streak dating back to 2017-18. SJSU won on the East Coast for the first time since 2001-02, when the Spartans defeated Fairleigh Dickinson at the BCA Tournament hosted by NC State in Raleigh, N.C.

FOUR WINS FOLLOWED BY A TITLE
SJSU hopes to duplicate the success of the 1995-96 squad. The Spartans won the Big West Conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year after going 4-23 during the 1994-95 season. The Spartans went 4-27 last season.

SEEING RETURNING STARTERS 
The Spartans return seven players who started at least one game a season ago. Seneca Knight is the most experienced, as the sophomore started 17 games, including the final 12, of his rookie season. Brae Ivey was just behind Knight, as the former junior college transfer started 16 games last season. Craig LeCesne and Zach Chappell both started 15 games last year. Christian Anigwe, guard Isaiah Nichols and walk-on guard Trey Smith each started one game.

SIX NEW PLAYERS
Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau will have the help of six newcomers on the roster in 2019-20. The Spartans have three new junior college transfers in Richard Washington (Tallahassee CC), Eduardo Lane (Marshalltown CC) and Ralph Agee (East LA College). Washington started his collegiate career at Wake Forest, where he played eight games as a freshman before an injury caused him to miss the entire 2017-18 season. Another Wake Forest transfer will join the Spartans on the floor this season, as center Samuel Japhet-Mathias will be eligible after a redshirt season last year. The former four-star recruit appeared in 17 games off the bench at Wake Forest as a freshman in 2016-17. He posted six points and four rebounds at No. 17 Xavier. Prioleau added two freshmen this season in guard Omari Moore and walk-on center Harminder Dhaliwal.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE
SJSU will play 10 games on TV this season, including three at home. SJSU hosts an ESPN networks game this year for the first time since 2010-11, when ESPN2 or ESPNU will carry the SJSU against Utah State on Dec. 4. SJSU will also be on ESPN2 or ESPNU when visiting Utah State on Feb. 26. SJSU will have four non-conference games on TV, all against Pac-12 teams. The Spartans will be on CBS Sports Network when hosting Stanford at the Provident Credit Union Event Center on Dec. 14. SJSU will battle both UCLA and Arizona on Pac-12 Networks and meet Oregon State on FS1 for a neutral site matchup in Las Vegas. The Spartans will also have four Mountain West games on AT&T SportsNet this season — Jan. 15 at UNLV, Jan. 21 at New Mexico, Feb. 8 at Nevada and Feb. 29 vs. UNLV.

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Joey Friedman: Young team finding each other scrapped to get last win; Face Kansas Saturday

photo from Kansas.com: Kansas Jayhawks Senior guard Lagerald Vick lines up during a Tennessee free throw in the NIT Season Tip-off tournament in Brooklyn, New York. Kansas defeated Tennessee 87-81 in overtime to win the tournament. The Jayhawks host the Stanford Cardinal this Saturday night. 

#1 The Stanford Cardinal got only one win in three games in the Bahamas during last week’s Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. Stanford got a second win in their last four games on Wednesday night back home at Maples Pavilion in a 79-69 over the Portland State Vikings.

#2 Down by four 14-10 with 12 minutes left in the first half the Cardinal rallied with a lay up by Lukas Kisunas, Cormac Ryan’s three-pointers, and Jaiden Delaire on a dunk for a 17-14 in the first half.

#3 The bench helped out for Stanford in the last five minutes of the first half to get the Cardinal up 30-23. It didn’t last long as the Portland State Vikings moved the ball on a 12-2 run and took a 35-34 one point lead at half time.

#4 In the back and forth game, the Cardinal were able to manage a 79-67 win.

#5 It’s off to Kansas for Saturday, Dec. 1st game against the Cardinal’s third meeting against a ranked school. Stanford is 0-2 against ranked opponents this season.

Join Joey each Friday for the Stanford Cardinal podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com 

 

Stanford handles Portland State to the tune of a 79-67 win

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By Joey Friedman

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Stanford came off a disappointing the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament (during which they could only pull off a single win) to face the Portland State Vikings on Wednesday Night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal beat the Vikings by a final score of 79-67.

Stanford’s return to their home court got off to a slow start; despite how they held Portland State scoreless of the first four minutes, their own offense was slow to act. The Vikings quickly regained momentum and jumped out to a 14-10 lead with 12 minutes left to play in the first half. Momentum swung back the Cardinal’s way out of a timeout with a Lukas Kisunas layup, Cormac Ryan three-pointer, and Jaiden Delaire dunk on consecutive possessions to give Stanford a 17-14 lead.

With 5 minutes left in the half, Stanford would grind out a 7 point lead with the score 30-23 thanks to some scrappy basketball from bench players of the likes of Kodye Pugh and Lukas Kisunas. However, the Vikings would go on a 12-2 run to crawl back to a three-point lead with a minute left. Viking junior guard Michael Nuga did most of the damage; He would finish the first half with 17 points. Nobody else on either team would finish with more than seven. The Vikings took a 35-34 lead to the locker room at the break.

Stanford and Portland State shot 46% and 34% from the field, respectively, in the first half. In the same time frame, both teams combined to shoot 3-24 from beyond the arc, while Stanford was out-rebounded 28-16 overall (specifically 14-13 on their own defensive boards). Stanford turned the ball over 11 times, while PSU did so 5 times. KZ Okpala, Stanford’s team leader in both minutes and points per game this, only received 5 minutes of action in the first half, despite making the expected appearance in the starting lineup.

Stanford would start the second half reenergized and they would jump to a 7-point lead and an 8-0 run with the starting lineup of Cormac Ryan, Daejon Davis, KZ Okpala, Oscar da Silva, and Bryce Wills leading the way. The Vikings tied the game at 46 points each when a free throw fell with just over 11 minutes to play, but Stanford would inch their way forward, eventually edging out an eight-point advantage over the next 3 minutes. At the five minute mark, Vikings’ junior forward Sal Nuhu and Stanford traded contested slam dunks to settle the score at 63-53. Stanford’s lead lasted to a 79-67 final.

For the Cardinal, sophomore Oscar da Silva finished with 12 points while freshman Bryce Wills had a career-high 10 points. Jaiden Delaire and Josh Sharma each finished with 9. Josh Sharma also had 7 rebounds. 

For the Vikings, Michael Nuga finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds, Sal Nuhu had a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Holland Woods had 18 points and 5 assists.  

Stanford finished with a 54% field goal percentage, they shot 2-16 from beyond the arc, turned the ball over 9 times, collected 36 rebounds, and blocked 9 shots. Portland State finished by shooting 32% from the field and shooting 2-24 from beyond the arc. They also had 9 turnovers and 51 rebounds. 

What’s Next?
Stanford will be back in action on the road on December 1st against the #2 Kansas Jayhawks. It will be their third time playing against a ranked opponent thus far in the non-conference schedule. They are 0-2 against ranked opponents this season.

Portland State will face Portland Bible at home on December 1st.

Cal to face Portland State

By George Devine, Sr.

After losing their initial non-conference game against Northwestern, 44-30, the Golden Bears will host the Vikings of Portland State at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, at Memorial Stadium. PSU, a member of the Big Sky Conference, showed its mettle in defeating Eastern Oregon (NAIA), 57-17, in its first game of the season.

The game showed off the talents of the Vikings’ offense, which racked up 672 yards, 450 of them on the ground. That will challenge the Bears to ramp up their defense which allowed two Northwestern touchdowns late in the game to change the outcome. Moreover, Sonny Evans’ charges, who were easily picked off by Northwestern, will have to polish their “Bear Raid” offense – led in dramatic fashion by true freshman QB Jared Goff — against the likes of Aaron Sibley who ran an interception 64 yards into the end zone, in addition to Corey Crowder and Jeremy Lutali who each intercepted the Mountaineers. Portland State notched five turnovers in all.

Besides sharpening their general offensive skills, Cal will have to continue the inventive approach that Evans has signed his name to, what with the fake field goal that had kicker Vincenzo D’Amato actually receiving a lateral from holder Jackson Bouza and sending it back to Bouza, who reached the end zone. It is the kind of thing Evans became known for in his last post at Louisiana Tech, and it has left the Berkeley fans hungry for more.

After the Portland State game, Cal hosts one more non-conference foe, Ohio State, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 14. The remaining games, all Pac-12 conference games, are as follows, with kickoff times TBD:

September 28 @ Oregon
October 5 Washington State
October 12 @ UCLA
October 19 Oregon State
October 26 @ Washington
November 2 Arizona
November 9 USC
November 16 @ Colorado
November 23 @ Stanford