NCAA March Madness podcast with Michelle Richardson: Utah State edges San Diego State; Kentucky moves up past Florida; plus more

lexingtonheraldleader.com: The Kentucky Wildcats Ashton Hagans (0) holds the ball away from the Florida Gators guard Ques Glover (0) in Saturday night’s game at Ganinesville Florida

NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson:

#1Utah State got the 2020 NCAA Tournament first auto wrapped up with a razor close game against San Diego State 59-56.

#2 West Virginia crushed No.4 Baylor 76-64, WVU’s Emmett Matthews scored 18 points and Oscar Tshiebwe scored 16 points to lead West Virginia.

#3 The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Florida Gators 71-70 Nick Richards finished on top with 19 points Immanuel Quickly with 12 points

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Join Michelle for March Madness podcasts each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Terry has been a force in Cardinals’ success as Kansas comes calling Sunday

gostanford.com photo: The Cardinal bench erupts in celebration as they defeated San Diego last Sat Dec 21st at Chase Center at the Al Attles Classic

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 Jerry talk about the job that guard Tyrell Terry, Terry led the Cardinal (11-1) in scoring against San Diego (6-8) last Saturday at Chase Center in the Cardinal’s win 62-59.

#2 Terry’s numbers were impressive and he’s been the go to guy to throw the ball down he amassed 20 points, seven assists, and three assists.

#3 Second in scoring for the Cardinal was Oscar da Silva with 19 points scored, 11 rebounds, and one assist. da Silva very consistent and reliable in helping Stanford get those critical points.

#4 The Cardinal held their own getting a three point win over San Diego 62-59, for San Diego a team that is two games under .500 playing a team that is 10 games over .500 they didn’t cave a bit either.

#5 Kansas Jayhawks (9-2) come in next Saturday Dec 29th and although the Cardinal have lost only one game out of their last 12 games the Jayhawks are no slouches.

Jerry Feitelberg does the Stanford Cardinal podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cardinal overcomes slow start, edge San Diego 62-59 in Al Attles Classic

photo from sfgate.com: San Diego forward Yauhen Massalski (25) defends against Stanford guard Bryce Wills (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in San Francisco

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Tyrell Terry took a while to get going after a one-game absence, but when he did, his big second half sparked a late Stanford run, and the Cardinal held on for a 62-59 non-conference men’s basketball win Saturday over San Diego in the Al Attles Classic at Chase Center.

Terry scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half. Cardinal center Oscar da Silva contributed 19 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, as Stanford (11-1) continued its best start in 11 years.

For San Diego (6-8), the loss snapped a three-game winning streak. Joey Calcaterra led the Toreros with 17 points, followed by Marion Humphrey with 16.

Terry sat out the Cardinal’s win on Tuesday over San Francisco because of what was termed an upper body injury. The freshman was cleared for practice on Friday.

Terry sank three 3-pointers and scored on a reverse layup that capped an 11-0 run to put the Cardinal up 56-44. Da Silva added four points as part of that Stanford surge.

Despite a sloppy start, Stanford led at halftime, eventually finishing with a season-worst 20 turnovers. After the Toreros took a 24-16 lead, Spencer Jones and Terry made back-to-back 3’s to pull the Cardinal back into the game.

Jones hit game-tying 3 and Daejon Davis converted a tip-in in the final second of the first half, putting Stanford up 31-29 at the break.

The Cardinal’s defense was a key to their win, forcing 17 turnovers while holding San Diego to 36.5 percent shooting. So far this season, Stanford has held all 12 of its opponents to 70 points or fewer.

San Diego was trying to get Division I win No. 600.

Stanford’s next game is on Dec. 29, when the Cardinal host No. 1-ranked Kansas.

Stanford Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Haase rallies the troops in comeback game against USF

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On the Cardinal podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Great coaching by Stanford head coach Jerod Haase as the Cardinal were able to rally the troops against the USF Dons on Tuesday night at Maples Pavilion with a comeback second half. Down 23-18, the Cardinal came back with a 46-33 second half.

#2 Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis each scored 18 points for Stanford Tuesday. Two of four players to get into double figures.

#3 Talk about how impressive this team is now improving to 10-1. They will certainly get some national attention real soon.

#4 Bryce Willis had 12 points and Spencer Jones had 10 to follow up behind da Silva and Davis in scoring.

#5 Up next for the Cardinal, they will face San Diego at Chase Center in San Francisco this Saturday December 21st in the Al Attles Classic

Jerry does the Cardinal podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

SDSU remains undefeated with 59-57 win over SJSU

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State men’s basketball team had hoped to snap a 4-game losing skid at Viejas Arena against San Diego State on Sunday afternoon, but the Spartans’ hopes weren’t granted in the Mountain West contest.

SJSU’s starting five featured Brae Ivey, Omari Moore, Christian Anigwe, Seneca Knight and Sam Japhet-Mathias.

SDSU jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the first media timeout at the 15:18 mark of the first half. Though, neither team was off to the best of starts as the Spartans and Aztecs combined for just 7-of-24 from the floor at the 12-minute mark of the first.

Ralph Agee scored 5 points off the bench to provide a beautiful yet fiery spark for the Spartans with 9:52 left in the first. Then, Christian Anigwe hit a 3-pointer and Zach Chappell scored off the high glass with 6:08 left in the first.

Omari Moore made a move and delivered a 3 to cut the deficit to 10, Ralph Agee knocked down a triple to cut the deficit to 8 and SJSU scored 6 unanswered points to cut the deficit to 5 late in the first. But, despite the Spartans’ efforts, SJSU trailed 30-25 at the halftime break.

SJSU was off to a great start to open the second half. The Spartans scored back-to-back buckets and Ralph Agee had one of his best outings in a Spartan uniform with a season-high 12 points at the 15:46 mark of the second. Yet, SDSU led 39-31 at the first media timeout of the second.

Brae Ivey made a 3 from downtown to cut the deficit to 5 once again. SJSU trailed 41-36 at the 12:34 mark of the second. Ivey later buried a triple to keep the Spartans in the game with 8:55 left in the second.

Two perfect 3-point buckets from Seneca Knight and Christian Anigwe cut the deficit to 3 to trail 52-49 with 4:18 left in the second. SDSU led 54-49 at the final media timeout with 4 minutes left in the second. Knight hit a 3 to cut the deficit to 2 and Brae Ivey buried a triple to lift the Spartans to a 55-54 lead — their first lead of the game — with 1:29 left in the second. Knight scored a layup to extend the lead 57-54 with 1:03 left in the second.

But the Spartans’ contentedness was short-lived as the Aztecs took the lead 59-57 with 0:9 left on the clock. Malachi Flynn hit the game-winning 3 over three Spartan defenders. The Aztecs won 59-57.

With the win, SDSU remains undefeated with a 10-0, 2-0 MW record. With the loss, SJSU fell to 3-7, 0-2 MW.

The Spartans return home to host the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 pm PST.

San Jose State visits undefeated San Diego State on Sunday

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By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team continues its opening week of Mountain West play with a visit to undefeated San Diego State on Sunday afternoon.

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

SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (3-6, 0-1 MW)
PPG: 65.6 | FG%: 39.8 | 3FG%: 27.0 | FT%: 65.2

NOTES: The Spartans trailed by just three at the half and kept it close until a late run by No. 25 Utah State in Wednesday’s 71-59 conference-opening loss. SJSU is 3-0 when shooting better than 45% on field goals and is 0-6 when shooting under 45%. After using the same starting lineup for the first six games of the season, Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau has used a different combo in each of the last three. Freshman guard Omari Moore has started twice in that stretch.

SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS (9-0, 1-0 MW)
PPG: 77.0 | FG%: 47.1 | 3FG%: 40.1 | FT%: 71.9

SERIES: SJSU trails, 35-40 (8-26 in San Diego)

LAST: SJSU lost, 84-56, on 3/2/19 at SDSU

NOTES: SDSU has started a season 9-0 for the second time in program history. The Aztecs opened Mountain West play on Wednesday with a 79-57 win at Colorado State. Malachi Flynn, a Washington State transfer, had a game-high 23 points plus 7 assists. Flynn is sixth in the MW in points per game (16.9) and second in assists per game (5.4).

BROADCAST INFORMATION
TV: Fox Sports SD with Steve Quis and Ros Gold-Onwude

STREAM: Foxsports.com/live

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

AMAZING ANIGWE 
Sophomore Christian Anigwe has been an anchor for the Spartans in the middle this season. Anigwe ranks ninth in the MW in rebounds per game at 6.6 RPG. The 6-foot-9 big man is also seventh in the MW in blocked shots per game at 1.2 BPG. He has had a season-best three blocked shots vs. both Grambling and Oregon State.

SAN JOSE STATE STYMIES GRAMBLING STATE
Grambling State entered the game on Nov. 20 with the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense, averaging 114 points over its first three games. The Spartans held the Tigers 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.

SAN JOSE STATE DOWNS 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 3s. 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 2 points and 2 rebounds in six minutes.

SAN JOSE STATE STUNS 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, JC transfer and former Wake Forest guard, Richard Washington, posted a team-high 23 points off the bench on 8-of-13 shooting. Washington scored 12 of his 23 points in the final four minutes, including a stretch of three straight 3s 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.

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, Isaiah Nichols and Trey Smith each started one game.

SIX NEW PLAYERS
SJSU 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 6 points and 4 rebounds at No. 17 Xavier. Prioleau added two freshmen this season in guard Omari Moore and walk-on center Harminder Dhaliwal.

TV 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 either ESPN2 or ESPNU will carry the SJSU tip 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 competition. 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 game in Las Vegas. The Spartans will also have four Mountain West contests on AT&T SportsNet this season — Jan. 15 at UNLV, Jan. 21 at New Mexico, Feb. 8 at Nevada and Feb. 29 vs. UNLV.

San Jose State loses its homecoming game against San Diego State, 27-17

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By Ana Kieu

San Jose State was looking to stun San Diego State in their Homecoming game Saturday night. But the Spartans’ wish wasn’t granted as the Aztecs spoiled one of the liveliest games of the year at CEFCU Stadium.

Ultimately, a strong first half and a late comeback attempt against one of the nation’s top defenses wasn’t enough as San Diego State battled past San Jose State for a 27-17 win. The Aztecs improve to 6-1, while the Spartans fall to 3-4.

San Jose State quarterback Josh Love threw for 218 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but San Diego State dueled their way to a win.

“We just made a few too many mistakes to beat a team as good as them,” said Spartans head coach Brent Brennan after the game. “It was a little frustrating because I felt like there were moments where we had a chance to make it fun.”

San Jose State found themselves in an early deficit after the game’s opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown. However, the Spartans would promptly answer right back, going on a four play, 66-yard scoring drive to tie the score at 7-7 at 13:11 of the first quarter.

The quick-hitting scoring possession was capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Love to Spartan freshman running back Kairee Robinson. The play marked the first career reception and touchdown for Robinson.

Ranked #4 nationally in rushing defense heading into the afternoon, San Diego State was able to limit the Spartan ground attack for the majority of the night. San Jose State finished with 54 total yards on the ground and was led by a 59-yard performance for Robinson.

“I thought Kairee did a really nice job tonight,” Brennan said when asked about Robinson. “It was exciting to see him get in there. He’s a freshman and it’s always fun to see a freshman go in there and run the football against a good group like he did.”

San Jose State wideout Bailey Gaither also impressed and found the end zone on a late 8-yard touchdown reception. Gaither would end the day leading all players with four receptions for 75 yards.

After getting even at 7-7, San Diego State tallied 20 of the game’s next 23 points to take a 27-10 lead. The only interruption to the run came on a third quarter field goal off the foot of the Spartan kicker Matt Mercurio, a 25-yarder that was the freshman’s ninth of the season.

The scoring drive went an impressive 68 yards, spanning 14 plays that featured four Love completions and four Robinson carries.

The Aztecs tallied a pair of touchdown runs — one short (1 yard), one long (50 yards) — on their next two possessions but the hosts refused to go quietly into the night.

Starting from its own 1-yard line with just over nine minutes remaining, San Jose State marched 99 yards down the field to keep itself in the game. Highlighted by a huge 52-yard reception for Gaither, he would then snag a touchdown pass from Love three plays later to cut the deficit to 27-17.

The 99-yard touchdown drive marked the Spartans’ longest of the season.

A spirited Spartan defense got the ball back for its offense on the ensuing possession, pushing San Diego State back for negative three yards on five plays. The comeback attempt would soon be extinguished, however, as the Aztecs forced their first turnover of the night following yet another punt that pinned San Jose State on its own 1-yard line.

San Jose State ended the night with a 218-88 advantage in passing yards and were only flagged once to San Diego State’s 12 penalties. The Aztecs entered Saturday ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense (13.2 points per game) and the Spartans converted on all three of its trips inside the red zone before the night was over.

NOTES: For the first time this season, San Jose State is 1 game under .500 after the loss to San Diego State … The 348 yards San Jose State allowed in the San Diego State game was the second fewest allowed in a game this season … San Jose State allowed 287 yards in the season-opening Northern Colorado victory … San Jose State’s 99-yard touchdown scoring drive in the fourth quarter was its longest of the season and its second 90-plus yard touchdown drive in 2019 … The Spartans had a 93-yard, 7-play drive in the New Mexico win on October 4 … San Jose State’s two quarterback sacks are the most in a game since the four sacks in the Northern Colorado season opener … Kairee Robinson became the fourth different starting running back this season for San Jose State when he was on the field for the first Spartan offensive play of the San Diego State game. Robinson scored his first major college touchdown on a 15-yard reception. He led the Spartans in rushing with 59 yards on 14 carries, the most rushing yards in a game by a Spartan running back this season … The 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game by San Diego State’s Kaegun Williams was the first kickoff return for a touchdown against San Jose State since Stanford’s Chad Owusu returned a kickoff 94 yards against the Spartans in 2009 … Matt Mercurio’s 25-yard third-quarter field goal was his sixth straight conversion since he missed a 41-yard try against New Mexico … Spartan linebacker Tysyn Parker shared game-high honors for tackles with 10 stops. It was the second time in his career he was credited with 10-plus tackles in a game. Both double figure tackle games were against San Diego State. As a freshman in 2016, he was in on 16 tackles … For the second straight game, San Jose State was 3-for-3 in red zone scoring opportunities … The San Diego State game marked the second time this season the Spartans didn’t come up with a fumble recovery or interception.

UP NEXT: The Spartans look ahead to their non-conference finale, where they’ll travel to New York to face the Army Black Knights on Saturday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m. PT at Michie Stadium.

San Jose State looks forward to Homecoming

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By Ana Kieu

San Jose State has had its ups and downs so far this season, but if there’s something for them to look forward to, it’s Homecoming versus the San Diego State Aztecs this Saturday night.

Here’s what you need to know:

GAME #7
San Jose State vs. San Diego State
CEFCU Stadium, San Jose, Calif.
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4:00 p.m. PT
Facebook Live

SJSU RECORD
3-3, 1-2 Mountain West. The Spartans lost at Nevada, 41-38, on October 12.

SDSU RECORD
5-1, 2-1 Mountain West. The Aztecs have a two-game winning streak after defeating Wyoming, 26-22, on October 12.

PLAY-BY-PLAY COVERAGE
KKSF (910 AM, Oakland), RealTalk 910, is the new flagship radio station for San Jose State football. Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play. Kevin Richardson provides commentary. The San Diego State broadcast begins at 3:30 p.m. PT with a pregame show.

Network affiliates are KION (1460 AM/101.1 FM, Salinas), KFIV (1360 AM, Modesto), KWSX (1280 AM, Stockton).

The San Jose State-San Diego State broadcast with Justin Allegri and Kevin Richardson calling the action also will be carried on www.siriusxm.com Channel 976.

KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) also will broadcast the San Jose State-San Diego State game starting at 3:45 p.m. PT.

TELEVISION
Facebook Live will provide broadcast coverage beginning at 1:00 p.m. PT. Ari Wolfe calls the play-by-play. Jordan Palmer provides commentary. Dani Klupenger is the sideline reporter. The Facebook Live presentation begins at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: • sjsuspartans.com/ticketsticketmaster.com.

Ticket prices range from $10.00 for a general admission seat to $58.00 for a reserved seat.

For home games at CEFCU Stadium:

• Modern family plan

• Group ticket pricing starting at $12.00 per ticket

• Three-game mini plans starting at $59.00

SERIES HISTORY
San Diego State leads the series, 21-19-2. The Aztecs have won the last six games, all of them Mountain West contests, between these teams including last year’s 16-13 decision in San Diego. The three-point differential was the closest game these teams have played as Mountain West members.

San Jose State’s last win in the series was a 38-34 comeback win in San Diego on September 22, 2012. The last time the Spartans defeated the Aztecs in San Jose was a 35-10 decision on September 13, 2008.

HOMECOMING HISTORY
San Jose State plays its 83rd Homecoming game on October 19 against San Diego State. The Spartans’ most recent Homecoming win was a 33-10 triumph over UNLV in 2014. This year’s Homecoming marks the fifth time San Diego State served as the opposition. San Jose State has a 47-33-2 win-loss record in Homecoming games.

1942: San Diego State 26, San Jose State 0

1973: San Jose State 27, San Diego State 27

1996: San Diego State 49, San Jose State 20

2005: San Diego State 30, San Jose State 7

ANOTHER CHANCE TO BE ABOVE .500
For the fourth time this season, San Jose State has the opportunity to be one-game above the .500 mark with a victory over San Diego State. The Spartans have win-loss records this season of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2.

The last time San Jose State had a 4-3 win-loss record after seven games was in the 2013 season after defeating Wyoming, 51-44, at Homecoming.

RING OF HONOR
At the halftime of the San Diego State game, linebacker David Chaney, (1969-71), will be enshrined into the CEFCU Stadium Ring of Honor. The two-time All-American was the first Spartan to have his jersey retired, was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in the 1980’s and was named one of the top-100 football players in San Jose State history during the Spartans’ centennial celebration of the sport in 1995. Chaney still holds the school record for career tackles at 527.

NATIONAL LEADER IN TURNOVER MARGIN
For the second consecutive week, San Jose State is the national leader in turnover margin.

The Spartans’ turnover margin at +12 or 2.0 per game in games played through October 12. The Spartans have 13 interceptions, which leads the country, and five fumble recoveries.

For its first six games, San Jose State lost the ball six times, tied for eighth best in the country, on four fumbles and two pass interceptions.

POINTS OFF OF TURNOVERS
After six games, San Jose State has scored 51 points off of opponent turnovers. The first opponent points off a Spartan turnover came in the October 12 Nevada victory on an interception return for a touchdown.

30-POINT GAMES
The October 12 game at Nevada is the fourth time this season San Jose State scored 30 or more points. The Spartans are 3-1 in games scoring 30 or more points this season.

Last year, San Jose State scored 30 or more points four times and was 1-3 in those games. The 2016 season was the last time the Spartans scored 30 or more points in five games.

400-PLUS YARD PASSING GAMES
For the first time since the end of the 2013 season, San Jose State produced consecutive games with at least 400 passing yards. The Spartans passed for 412 yards in the October 4 win over New Mexico and 405 yards in the October 12 loss at Nevada.

San Jose State routed by San Diego State 84-56

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By: Ana Kieu

San Jose State men’s basketball faced another conference foe, the San Diego State Aztecs, in Viejas Arena Saturday night. SJSU previously held on for a 89-82 win over the New Mexico Lobos in the Event Center Tuesday night.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau announced a starting lineup featuring Zach Chappell, Noah Baumann, Seneca Knight, Michael Steadman and Ashtin Chastain.

As expected, Steadman was in full force, giving the Spartans a 2-0 lead just 43 seconds into the first half. The Aztecs got on the board, courtesy of Jalen McDaniels, who hit a 3-pointer to put the Aztecs up 3-2 at the 18:58 mark. SJSU responded with Knight’s 3 for a 5-3 lead at the 18:29 mark. SDSU countered with McDaniel’s jumper in the paint at the 18:08 mark, but Steadman made a layup in the paint to lift SJSU to a 7-5 lead at the 17:48 mark.

However, SJSU cooled off and SDSU heated up. The Spartans trailed 13-9 at the first media timeout. Then, the Aztecs used a 14-2 run to rise up 22-11 at the 12:19 mark.

The Spartans tightened up the score, 22-18, thanks to Knight’s 3 along with Chappell’s jumper and a pair of free throws by the time the scoreboard showed there was 9:35 left. Still, the Aztecs looked to extend their lead as Matt Mitchell made a pair of free throws for a 24-18 lead with 9:09 left. SJSU trailed 24-18 at the second media timeout.
Moreover, Baumann drew a foul and shot 2 of the timeout.

The Spartans trailed 39-26 at the final media timeout. Nathan Mensah made a layup in the paint with four seconds left. SJSU shrugged it off as they headed to their locker room, trailing 41-29 at halftime. Steadman led both categories with 10 points and 6 rebounds at halftime.

Devin Watson’s 3 extended the Aztecs’ lead 44-29 just 29 seconds into the second half. Though, back to back 3s by Chappell and Baumann at the 19:07 and 18:10 marks brought the Spartans within 9, 44-35.

The Aztecs shot 50% and hit 10 3s to keep the Spartans down by 20, 63-43, at the 11:10 mark. SJSU continued to score as Brae Ivey made a fastbreak layup in the paint and Baumann made a pair of free throws before Watson prevented the Spartans from using a run to catch up to the Aztecs.

Fast forward to the final timeout with 3:40 left. SJSU trailed 73-50, which was pretty darn bad. The Aztecs’ offense was stout, but that was sort of a given considering all the success their men’s basketball program has achieved in the past few years or so.

Michael Sohikish hit a 3 with 2:52 left, and just seconds after the 2-minute mark, Sohikish knocked down a jumper to extend the Aztecs’ lead 78-51 with 1:53 left. Ed Chang made a free throw and missed the other before he hit a fastbreak 3 to extend the Aztecs’ lead 82-51 with 1:11 left. Mensah closed out the Aztecs’ scoring with a jumper in the paint, while Chappell hit a 3 to call it a night for the Spartans.

SJSU (4-24, 1-15 MW) lost to SDSU (19-10, 11-5 MW) by a final score of 84-56 on the road.

SJSU returns home to host the Wyoming Cowboys Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm PT.

San Jose State looks to make it two wins in a row at San Diego State on Saturday

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By: Ana Kieu

The dog days for San Jose State men’s basketball finally came to a screeching halt Tuesday night when the home team shockingly picked up its first conference win of the season 89-82 over the New Mexico Lobos inside the Event Center. As expected, the crowd was loud, but it was pretty much Spartan alumni and/or season-ticket holders. Hopefully, more current SJSU students flock to these games, but in the meantime, let’s take a look at what to expect in Saturday’s road game.

At a Glance
SJSU, fresh off their first conference win of the season, will look to keep the momentum rolling as they face San Diego State Saturday inside Viejas Arena. Fans can catch the game on Fox Sports San Diego or Mountain West Network. As always, Justin Allegri will provide the Spartan radio call on the TuneIn app.

Game No. 28
SJSU (4-23, 1-14) at SDSU (18-10, 10-5)
Saturday, March 2, 7:00 pm PST
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, Calif.

Live Stats
Fans can view live stats of all SJSU men’s basketball games, home and away, by accessing the “Live Stats” feature at www.sjsuspartans.com. Click on the link on the men’s basketball schedule page to follow the action.

What Would a Win Mean?
The Spartans are looking for win No. 5 on the season, which would be the most in the last two season since going 14-16 in 2016-17. A win over the Aztecs would also be the second in conference play, also the most since winning seven in 2016-17.

Recapping Game One vs. SDSU
Game one of the two-game series this season against the Aztecs resulted in an 11-point loss inside the Event Center. SJSU played well enough to win, but was unable to hold off SDSU as they took advantage of three Spartan turnovers in a span of three minutes to take a 13-point lead. SJSU was unable to make up the ground and fell 67-56.

Craig LeCesne (14) and Brae Ivey (12) led the Spartans in scoring, while Michael Steadman pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds.

Reviewing the Big Win
SJSU’s 89-82 win over UNM was a historic night inside the Event Center. Not only did it break a 17-game losing streak, it also boasted a plethora of records.

» The win was the second all-time against the Lobos and the first-ever in San Jose.

» Noah Baumann broke his own school record with eight 3-pointers on 8-of-12 shooting. He finished with a team-best 26 points.

» Brae Ivey tied a school record with six steals on the evening. He was one of multiple players to tally six steals, but just the first since Justin Graham versus the Santa Clara Broncos on December 10, 2010.

» Michael Steadman had his second-straight game with 21 points as well as his second-straight double-double. He had 10 made field goals and 20 field goal attempts, both the most by a Spartan this season.

» Steadman and Baumann became the first duo to score 20 points this season and were the first since Ryan Welage and Jaycee Hillsman versus Wyoming in the Mountain West Tournament last season (3/7/18).

Nice Newcomers
The Spartans have played nine first-year players this season, including regular starters Michael Steadman, Zach Chappell, Craig LeCesne and Brae Ivey. The newcomers are accounting for 69.9% of the Spartans’ offense (1,243-1,778).

Steadman alone is accounting for 20% of the Spartans’ offense with 362 points (20.3%).

Baumann the Boss
Sophomore Noah Baumann has been shooting lights out from beyond the arc this season, so good in fact that he leads the MW in 3-point percentage (46.5%). Baumann also ranks in the top-10 in the MW in 3-pointers per game (2.5).

Baumann set a new school record of 22 consecutive games with a 3-point bucket made against UNLV on Feb. 16, breaking a tie with Robert Owens, who closed out 2009-10 on a 21-game streak, for the new record. His streak is currently at 25.

In the loss to Utah State, Baumann had one of the most impressive performances of his career as he scored a career-high 29 points and tied the then-school record with seven 3-pointers (7-of-10). He also set career highs in 3-point attempts and field goal attempts.

Baumann has hit the school record in 3-point makes twice the season, the second time, however, versus New Mexico, he broke the record outright with eight. He finished 8-of-12 from the 3-point range to lead the Spartans to a win over New Mexico.

Baumann holds the first and seconnd highest-scoring performances by a Spartan this season with 29 versus Utah State and 26 versus New Mexico. The sophomore is averaging 10.7 points in MW play, second-most on the team (Steadman). He’s also second to Steadman with 11.6 points in the last five games.

The Zach Chappell Show
Freshman Zach Chappell has come on strong as of late, starting the last five games and averaging 9.4 points in those starts. Against UNLV, Chappell finished with 11 points, a career-high six rebounds and nine assists — tied for the most by a Spartan this season. He had 10 points versus Colorado State.

In the win over New Mexico, Chappell finished with a career-high 17 points and dished out 9 assists. He now has two games with 9 assists on the season, which was tied with Craig LeCesne for the most by any Spartan.

Chastain in Charge
Junior center Ashtin Chastain has been tasked to fill in the gap in the starting lineup with senior Oumar Barry sidelined by injury. Chastain has started the last 10 games in his stead.

Ch-Ch-Changes
Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau made some changes to his staff in the offseason as he brought in former NC State All-American Julius Hodge as an assistant coach and promoted director of operations Ryan Cooper to assistant coach.

Hidden Gem
Despite losing 90-71 to CSU, the Spartans may have found a hidden gem in the form of junior walk-on Brian Rodriguez-Flores, who played 17 minutes and scored a season-high 13 points. He followed with a season-best 33 minutes at Air Force, where he was the first player off the bench and finished with 12 points.

Starry Knight
Freshman guard Seneca Knight has upped his game recently. In the last five games, he has been averaging 9.6 points, third-best on the team in that stretch. Against Colorado State, he led the team with a 14 point performance. He followed with 12 points at Air Force.

Steady Steadman
JUCO transfer Michael Steadman has made a big impact this season as a leader on and off the court. The 6’10” forward is averaging a team-high 13.4 points per game and ranks sixth in the MW with 8.4 rebounds per game. He has nine double-doubles on the season, ranking fourth in the conference and has scored in double figures in 20-of-27 games. He also has 12 games with double-digit rebounds.

Steadman leads the Spartans with five games with at least 20 points, and has twice achieved the feat in back-to-back efforts. First was against AF and USU. He put up a career-high 24 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss to AF. He then followed up with 20 points at USU.

Steadman has also achieved the feat in the last two games, starting with a career-best 17 rebounds and 21 points at AF. In his last outing, he finished once again with 21 points and pulled down 11 boards in the win over UNM.

Steadman is averaging 14. 8 points per game in the last five games and is averaging 13.4 in MW games.

Change It Up
Prioleau has used 10 different lineups throughout the season with no one player starting each time out. Barry had started the first 17 games before an injury kept him out of the lineup the last four games. Seven newcomers have made starts, including freshmen Seneca Knight, Zach Chappell, Trey Smith and Christian Anigwe.

Baumann and Steadman Remain as Keys
In SJSU’s four wins this season, there have been two critical factors: Noah Baumann and Michael Steadman.

In those four games, the pair is averaging 15.3 points each. Steadman has pulled down 11.3 rebounds in those games while Baumann has been red-hot from the 3-point range in each game, averaging 69.6% from the 3-point range (16-23).

On the Board(s)
SJSU ranks third in the MW in offensive boards with 11.0 per game and rank sixth in defensive boards with 26.0.

Series History: SDSU
The Aztecs lead the series by a slim margin 39-35, but have claimed nine of the last 10, including the last three. The Spartans’ last win came on February 7, 2017 at home 76-71. Prior to that win, SDSU had a seven-game win streak, the second-longest streak in the series. The longest such streak belongs to the Spartans, who won nine straight from 1948-1952. SDSU won the first game against SJSU this season 67-56 in San Jose.

The Aztecs, under second-year head coach Brian Dutcher, enter Saturday’s game on a one-game losing skid after USU knocked them off of a five-game winning streak 70-54 in Logan, Utah.

SDSU excels at shooting the 3-ball. They rank second in the MW in 3-point percentage with a 36.6% clip and also rank third in 3-point defense (33.0%). The lethal scoring duo of Jalen McDaniels and Devin Watson will once again prove to be a huge test against SJSU as they each rank in the top-10 in the MW in scoring. The duo combined for 49 points the first time the teams met in February (Watson: 27, McDaniels: 22).

Baumann Chases History
Noah Baumann is having a season to remember in his second season as the Spartans’ sharpshooter. In addition to breaking two school records already (consecutive games with a 3 and single-game 3-pointers), he is quickly ascending the single-season mark for made 3-pointers.

Baumann is 67-of-144 from the 3-point range with three regular season games to go. His 67 makes currently rank as the seventh most in school history.

SJSU Single-Season 3-Point Record Leaders
1. Robert Owens (2010) … 78
2. Rashad Muhammad (2014) … 75
3. Billy Landrum (2000) … 74
4. Adrian Oliver (2011) … 70
5. Tim Pierce (2008) … 69
6. Mac Peterson (2010) … 68
7. Noah Baumann (2019) … 67

Baumann’s 46.5% 3-point percentage is also on pace to break his own school record set last season (46.0%).