Photo credit: @SanJoseStateMBB
By Ana Kieu
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team paid a visit across town at Santa Clara in the hopes of snapping a six-game losing skid in the Leavey Center on Wednesday night.
The Spartans’ starting five featured Brae Ivey, Omari Moore, Christian Anigwe, Seneca Knight and Ralph Agee.
SJSU won the tip and the game was underway. Santa Clara hastily jumped out to a 9-0 advantage, and as a result, Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau called a timeout.
The Spartans finally got on the board, thanks to Ivey’s three-pointer in the opening minutes the first half. Yet, SJSU trailed 13-5 at the under-12 timeout and went on to trail 41-26 at the halftime break. SJSU’s scores such as Knight’s finger roll against a Santa Clara contact to convert a three-point play, Ivey’s second trey of the evening and Anigwe’s deficit-cutting triple weren’t much of a help.
Ivey made it rain with multiple buckets in the second half. SJSU had some hope as Ivey’s early bucket cut the deficit by 10 points, 43-33, early in the second. Then, SJSU extended its run to seven points to pull within eight points, 43-35, at 16:37, and Zach Chappell hit a three to cut the deficit to 11.
However, Santa Clara stormed back with six unanswered points to lead 55-38 at 13:30. But the Spartans refused to back down as Anigwe buried two back-to-back deep balls to make it a nine-point game, 55-46, at the 12-minute mark. Santa Clara led by just seven, 61-54, at the under-eight timeout.
Santa Clara scored a triple and SJSU’s Anigwe responded back with a triple of his own. The Spartans cut the deficit to 10, but the Broncos continued to lead 76-66 late in the second.
A Broncos foul allowed the Spartans a pair of free throws, which were successful made to cut the deficit to six, 87-81, with 29.4 seconds left in regulation. SJSU mustered in a last-second free throw to make it a five-point game, but lost by a final of 89-84.
With the win, Santa Clara improved to 11-2, 0-0 West Coast Conference. With the loss, SJSU fell to 3-9, 0-2 Mountain West.
The Spartans return home to host UC Riverside on Sunday, December 22 at 2 pm PST.