San Jose State picks up second straight win in 59-58 defeat of Air Force

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State men’s basketball team looked to keep their winning ways alive as they welcomed the Air Force Falcons to Phoenix for a two-game set starting on Thursday night. SJSU was the designated home team, and not only that, they defeated AF 59-58 at the Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center.

The Falcons got things started in a back-and-forth game. Ameka Akaya converted a second-chance dunk for a 2-0 Falcons lead at 19:20. SJSU, however, quickly tied the game 2-2 on a jumper by Ralph Agee and took a 8-4 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Jalen Dalcourt and Trey Smith. The Falcons made it a 1-point game on a 3-pointer by A.J. Walker at 15:29.

Just 25 seconds later, SJSU evened the score 10-10 on a jumper by Jalen Dalcourt, then picked up the pace on both offense and defense. Sebastian Mendoza hit a 3-pointer to pull the Spartans within 3 points at 11:56. Omari Moore threw down a fastbreak dunk off of a Falcons turnover to give the Spartans a 10-point lead with 4:43 left in the first half.

The Falcons wrapped up the first half with a free throw by Keaton Van Soelen with 31 seconds left. The Spartans led 36-30 at the halftime break. For the second straight game, Trey Smith led the Spartans with 11 points at the break. SJSU shot 63% from the floor and were a perfect 9-9 on 2-point field goals.

The Falcons opened the second half with a second-chance layup by Glen Mcclintock. Mcclintock followed up with a free throw off of a Spartans turnover. Jalen Dalcourt responded with a layup, but the Falcons evened the score 38-38 on a fastbreak 3-pointer by Ameka Akaya at 16:57.

The Falcons took a 42-38 lead on back-to-back layups by Akaya and Keaton Van Soelen, but the Spartans regained the lead 51-48, thanks to Ralph Agee’s layup in the paint with 7:09 left in the second half.

The two teams exchanged leads and ties until the final buzzer. The Falcons evened the score 55-56 and took a 58-56 lead, but the Spartans wrapped up the second half scoring. Omari Moore made a fastbreak free throw off of a Falcons turnover, Ralph Agee threw down a second-chance dunk and the Spartans got the stop to seal a 59-58 win over the Falcons.

SJSU improved to 4-11, 2-9 Mountain West. Ralph Agee led all scorers with 15 points.

AF fell to 4-11, 2-9 Mountain West. A.J. Walker led all scorers with 21 points.

The Spartans and Falcons conclude its two-game series on Saturday, January 30 at 3 pm PT.

San Jose State tops New Mexico 83-71 for first conference win

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State men’s basketball team finally picked up their first conference win of the season with a 83-71 victory over the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday at Burns Arena in St. George, Utah.

With the win, SJSU snapped a five-game losing skid and improved to 3-11, 1-9 Mountain West. Jalen Dalcourt, Sebastian Mendoza, Ralph Agee and Trey Smith all finished with 16 points. Omari Moore finished with 14 points.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau made two changes to his starting lineup, inserting Trey Smith and Caleb Simmons into the first five. The remaining starters were Omari Moore, Jalen Dalcourt and Ralph Agee.

Omari Moore opened the scoring with a layup for a 2-0 Spartans lead 48 seconds into the first half. It wasn’t long before the Lobos tied the game 2-2 at 18:46 when Valdir Manuel knocked down a jumper. The two teams went back and forth for the rest of the first half. Sebastian Mendoza started a fast break and finished it with a dunk to tie the game 33-33 with 1:27 left in the first half. Just 14 seconds later, UNM went ahead 35-33 on a 2-pointer from Rod Brown.

The Spartans trailed 35-33 at the halftime break. Trey Smith made four of six 3-point attempts for a career-best 12 points at halftime.

The Spartans reignited themselves for the second half. SJSU surged for their largest lead of the game, 59-54, with 8:36 left in the second half. Caleb Simmons made the layup. Just 28 seconds later, Omari Moore added a fast break dunk to make it 61-54 Spartans.

From there on out, SJSU didn’t let UNM affect their game. The Spartans extended their lead to 71-60 with 3-pointers from Sebastian Mendoza and Jalen Dalcourt in a span of 2:52. Jalen Dalcourt wrapped up the Spartans’ scoring with a pair of free throws, while Valdir Manuel concluded the game’s overall scoring with a jumper.

UNM fell to 5-9, 1-9 Mountain West. Valdir Manuel led all scorers with 25 points.

The Spartans take on the Air Force Falcons at the Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 pm PT.

San Jose State unable to get first conference win after 67-51 loss to New Mexico

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State men’s basketball team looked to avoid a five-game losing streak with a win over the New Mexico Lobos at Burns Arena, the home of the Dixie State Trailblazers, on Thursday. Neither team had a conference win prior to tipoff, but things changed at the buzzer — just not in favor of the Spartans. The Spartans lost to the Lobos 67-51 in St. George, Utah.

The Spartans’ starting lineup stayed the same. Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Jalen Dalcourt, Nate Lacewell and Ralph Agee took the court to play the sport they love. As of January 20, Washington is ranked the nation’s No. 1 top scoring small forward in the NCAA.

The Lobos opened the scoring in the first half. Kurt Wegscheider made a jumper to make it a 2-0 game at 18:32. Just 27 seconds later, the Spartans tied the game 2-2 when Richard Washington made a layup.
But New Mexico piled on the points and went on a 10-4 for a 9-point lead, 21-19, with 7:04 left.

As if things weren’t bad enough, New Mexico took advantage of seven Spartan turnovers for a 10-point lead, 27-17, with 3:49 left. As a result, Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau called a timeout to give his team time to regroup. While the Spartans showed some glimpses of hope in Sebastian Mendoza’s layup and Caleb Simmons’ free throws, the Lobos kept a 10-point lead, 31-21, at the end of the first half.

The Spartans shot just 8 of 23 from the field in the first half, and to add insult to injury, Richard Washington didn’t return for the second half. Washington took an apparent shot to the face during the first half.

It took Valdir Manuel just 20 seconds into the second half to score against the Spartans. Manuel gave the Lobos a 33-21 lead with a jumper. Jalen Dalcourt responded with a fast-break layup to cut the deficit to 10, 33-23, at 19:14.

At one point, New Mexico didn’t score for three minutes. Ralph Agee made a layup to pull the Spartans within nine, 50-41, with 8:08 left. The Spartans had a chance to correct their mistakes and bounce back, but the Lobo offense was on fire. Makuach Maluach finished with 25 points and six rebounds for the Lobos.

The Spartans wrapped up the second half scoring, but it was too little, too late. Jalen Dalcourt made a fast-break 3-pointer to pull within 16, 67-51, with 1:02 left in regulation. Makuach Maluach made a steal, the Lobos dribbled out the clock, and the Spartans lost 67-51. San Jose State fell to 2-11, 0-9 Mountain West. Ralph Agee led the Spartans with 14 points.

Meanwhile, the Lobos picked up their first conference win of the season. New Mexico improved to 5-8, 1-8 Mountain West.

The Spartans and Lobos face off again on Saturday, January 23 at 12 pm PT.

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

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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.

Richard Washington shines, but San Jose State loses to Colorado State 90-57

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State men’s basketball team hosted the Colorado State Rams at the Ability 360 Sport and Fitness Center in Phoenix on Thursday night. Spartans senior guard Richard Washington shined, but SJSU lost to CSU 90-57 in the first game of a two-game tilt.

The Spartans had their game faces on, but the Rams struck first and went on a quick 5-0 run. Adam Thistlewood hit a fast break 3-pointer for a 3-0 Rams lead 50 seconds into the first half. Kendle Moore made a fast break layup at 18:19. The Spartans ended the Rams’ run at 17:22 with a 3-pointer from Jalen Dalcourt off of a Rams turnover.

The Rams proceeded to pour it on for safe measure. Kendle Moore hit a second-chance 3-pointer, James Moors made a paint layup, and Isaiah Stevens made two jumpers to make it 16-7 Rams at 11:47. After a Spartans drought of 2:04, Hugo Clarkin made a paint layup to pull within 20-9. CSU, however, took a 29-9 lead after a P.J. Byrd 3-pointer with 8:27 left.

If things weren’t bad enough, James Moors made a paint layup to make it 31-11 Rams with 6:37 left. Despite a late 6-0 run, SJSU trailed 46-26 at halftime. Richard Washington had 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting at halftime. Washington also recorded his 10th game of the season in double figures and 23rd game of his career.

Richard Washington continued his strong play in the second half. Washington hit back-to-back 3-pointers, but the Rams still led by 16 points at 15:09. Washington added a 3-pointer to pull the Spartans within 63-44 at 11:35.

The Rams used a 12-0 run to build a 31-point lead, 82-51, with 5:05 left. Ralph Agee ended the Rams’ run with a paint layup with 4:50 left. The Rams went on another quick run, 5-0, to take a 87-53 lead with 3:52 left. Trey Smith made a paint layup off of a Rams turnover, Jalen Dalcourt made a jumper off of a Rams turnover and John Tonje dribbled out the clock. The Spartans lost 90-57.

SJSU fell to 2-9, 0-7 MW. Richard Washington led all scorers with 35 points.

CSU improved to 9-2, 6-1 MW. Kendle Moore led all scorers with 18 points.

The Spartans and Rams meet again on Saturday, January 16 at 3 pm PT.

San Jose State lose 80-65 to get swept at Fresno State

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans concluded its back-to-back series against the Fresno State Bulldogs on Sunday at the Save Mart Center. The Spartans not only lost 80-65, but were also swept by the Bulldogs in a two-game rivalry series.

SJSU head coach Jean Prioleau put together a new starting lineup of Jalen Dalcourt, Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Nate Lacewell, and Ralph Agee. Dalcourt became a first-time starter for the Spartans.

Ralph Agee found his way inside the paint and made a layup to give the Spartans an early 2-0 lead. Nate Lacewell knocked down a jumper to make it 4-0 Spartans at 18:12 of the first half.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 6 and went ahead 9-6 in a span of 37 seconds. Deon Stroud found his way inside the paint and made a game-tying layup. Stroud followed up with a go-ahead 3-pointer.

Richard Washington knocked down a jumper to pull within one, but the Bulldogs persisted, scoring seven points for a 16-10 lead with 9:36 left in the half. Devin Gage hit a 3-pointer and Jordan Campbell made two layups in the paint.

Deon Stroud hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help the Bulldogs to a 13-point lead, 31-10, with 4:28 left in the half. The Bulldogs used a 13-2 lead to take a 38-20 lead with 2:09 left in the half. Nate Lacewell made a pair of free throws, and the Spartans entered halftime, trailing 41-25.

Although Jalen Dalcourt opened the scoring with an early 3-pointer, both the Bulldog offense and defense dominated the Spartans and never looked back. Orlando Robinson hit a 3-pointer to help the Bulldogs to a 20-point lead, 50-30, at 17:20 of the half.

The Bulldogs maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the half. While Nate Lacewell made a free throw with nine seconds remaining, it was too little, too late for the Spartans, who lost to the Bulldogs 80-65.

SJSU fell to 2-8, 0-6 Mountain West. Richard Washington led all scorers with 24 points.

FSU improved to 5-3, 3-3 Mountain West. Deon Stroud led all scorers with 22 points.

The Spartans continue their conference slate against the Colorado State Rams on Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 pm PT.

San Jose State falls to rival Fresno State 79-64

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans looked to win their second straight game as they began conference play with back-to-back games against the rival Fresno State Bulldogs.

Both teams played really hard, but the Spartans ended up losing to the Bulldogs 79-64 at the Save Mart Center on Friday night. SJSU is now 1-15 at the Save Mart Center.

The Spartans had a new opponent, but head coach Jean Prioleau kept the same starting five. Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Trey Smith, Nate Lacewell and Ralph Agee walked onto the court with their game faces on.

The Spartans drew first blood 21 seconds into the first half, thanks to Richard Washington’s jumper. Washington scored 7 points in the first four minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 2 and took a 7-2 lead, but the Spartans scored 9 points to tie the game at 11 at 15:56 of the first. Richard Washington made a jumper to make it 19-14 Spartans at 12:41 of the first. Washington’s back-to-back free throws and Sebastian Mendoza’s jumper gave the Spartans an 8-point lead, 24-16, at 10:40 of the first.

The Spartans’ lead didn’t last long. The Bulldog defense stepped up late, Deon Stroud made a game-tying jumper to tie the game at 31 with 5:50 left in the first and Orlando Robinson hit a 3-pointer to give Fresno State a 34-31 lead 55 seconds later.

The Bulldogs had a 38-34 lead at the final timeout with three minutes remaining in the first. San Jose State, however, went ahead for good after Richard Washington hit a 3-point jumper with one second left in the first. The Spartans led by three, 45-42, heading into the locker room at halftime.

Richard Washington struck first with a jumper for a 47-42 Spartans lead 31 seconds into the second half. Ralph Agee made it 49-42 Spartans at 18:40 of the second. SJSU proceeded to shoot 55% from the field and 50% from downtown and took a 5-point lead, 53-48, at 15:31 of the second.

Four turnovers in a span of 1:51 hurt the Spartans. The Bulldogs tied the game at 57 on a Junior Ballard 3-point jumper with 9:43 left in the second. Orlando Robinson caught a pass from Anthony Holland to make a layup and give the Bulldogs a 2-point lead, 59-57, with 8:47 left in the second.

Ralph Agee made a game-tying layup, but Fresno State used a 10-0 run to take a 10-point lead, 69-59, with 4:07 left in the second. The Bulldog defense shut down the Spartan offense, holding them to only 19 points in the second. The Bulldogs won 79-64.

FSU improved to 4-3, 2-3 Mountain West. Orlando Robinson led all scorers with 23 points. Four Bulldogs players finished in double figures.

SJSU fell to 2-7, 0-5 Mountain West. Richard Washington led all scorers with 30 points.

The Spartans and Bulldogs meet again on Sunday, January 10 at 4 pm PT.

San Jose State defeats Benedictine Mesa 80-64 for second win of the season

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By Ana Kieu

The San Jose State Spartans stayed in Phoenix to face the Benedictine Mesa Redhawks at the Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center on Monday night.

SJSU recently added Benedictine Mesa to their non-conference schedule over the weekend. This turned out to be a good idea as the Spartans beat the Redhawks 80-64 to pick up their second win of the season and snap their 6-game losing skid.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau stuck with the same starting lineup, keeping Omari Moore, Richard Washington, Trey Smith, Nate Lacewell and Ralph Agee. The Spartans won the tip and the game between the two bottom-feeders was underway.

The Redhawks opened the scoring in the first half. Tyler Fernstrom hit a 3-pointer just 17 seconds into the half. The Spartans used a 12-0 run, capped by Ralph Agee’s 8 points and 5 rebounds, to take a 14-5 lead at 13:25. Jalen Grijalva ended the Spartans’ run with a 3-pointer at 13:01.

Jalen Dalcourt continued to impress the masses as he went 4-for-4 on 3-pointers with 3:33 left in the half. Dalcourt previously posted 23 points in his Spartan debut on Sunday. The Spartans were all smiles at the break when they took a 47-28 lead into halftime over the Redhawks.

The Redhawks scored first to open the second half. Nick Sessions made a jumper to cut the Spartans’ lead to 47-30 just 13 seconds into the half.

Ralph Agee broke out in a big way and recorded a career-high 18 points as the Spartans led 70-54 with 6:04 left in the half. The Spartans were a little scared of the Redhawks, who pulled within 10 points when Nick Sessions hit a 3-pointer with 4:02 left in the half, but they weren’t intimidated. The Spartans took care of business and won by a final score of 80-64 in Phoenix.

SJSU improved to 2-6, 0-4 MW. Ralph Agee led all scorers with 18 points.

BM fell to 0-4, 0-0 CAL PAC.

The Spartans take on the Fresno State Bulldogs for a rivalry matchup on Friday, January 8 at 6 pm PT.

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.

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.