San Jose State drops a close game against Santa Clara 89-84

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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.

San Jose State visits Santa Clara on Wednesday

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By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose State men’s basketball team visits its South Bay rival Santa Clara on Wednesday evening for a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Leavey Center.

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

SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (3-8, 0-2 Mountain West)
PPG: 64.1 | FG%: 38.8 | 3FG%: 26.8 | FT%: 66.0

NOTES: The Spartans are in the midst of an incredibly difficult schedule, facing three Pac-12 teams and the top two teams in the MW over its last five games. Most recently, the Spartans fell to Stanford 78-58 on Saturday at the Event Center. Seneca Knight is averaging a team-best 12.5 points per game. Christian Anigwe leads the Spartans with 6.0 rebounds per game and 13 total blocked shots.

SANTA CLARA BRONCOS (10-2, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
PPG: 76.9 | FG%: 47.2 | 3FG%: 32.8 | FT%: 75.1

SERIES: The Spartans trail 31-80 all-time.

LAST: SJSU lost 71-63 in San Jose last year.

NOTES: Santa Clara has won two straight games since falling to Nevada. The Broncos defeated Cal 71-52 on Dec. 7 and Sacramento State 60-58 on Dec. 14. Guglielmo Caruso, a native of Naples, Italy, leads Santa Clara in both scoring (11.2) and rebounding (5.5). DJ Mitchell is averaging 10.7 PPG while shooting 46.4% from three.

TV: None
Radio: Justin Allegri on the call through and the TuneIn app. Search for “San Jose St. Basketball”.

SJSU suffered a heartbreaking loss at SDSU on Dec. 8 … Up by a point with five seconds remaining, the Spartans saw the Aztecs’ Malachi Flynn hit a deep three-pointer at the buzzer for the win … SJSU’s Ralph Agee posted his first double-double for the Spartans with 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench … SJSU held SDSU to just 31.7% shooting … SJSU matched a season-low with 11 turnovers.

Grambling State entered the Nov. 20 game 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 threes.

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 threes … 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.

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 threes to put the game away … Craig LeCesne had his first career double-double with a career-high 19 points plus 11 rebounds … It was the Spartans’ first win in a road opener since 2010-11 when SJSU 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.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Too much USF and Santa Clara; Bears glad to get back home against Fresno State

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On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

The Cal Bears are unbeaten at home and are winless away from home. The Bears visited a couple of highly rated Jesuited institutions at USF and Santa Clara, but the Bears are back in the friendly confines of their home court at Haas Pavilion on Wednesday night.

They really played an entertaining game against the Fresno State Bulldogs and neither team held a seven or eight point lead at anytime in that game. It was back and forth for the whole evening and although the Bears wound up with a six-point win that was in doubt until the final minute.

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears basketball podcasts each Thursday at

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Great things come in Red Boxes, Cal to meet Illinois Dec. 30th

photo illustration from: Levi’s Stadium.

On the Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 The Illinois Illini (6-6) have lost two straight games and face the Cal Bears (7-5), who have won two straight games at Levi’s Stadium, on Monday, Dec. 30th for the RedBox Bowl.

#2 The Bears won their last game to the UCLA Bruins 28-18. Cal quarterback Chase Garbers 17-29 for 230 yards, one touchdown, and one interception with Cal coming away with a road victory coming into the RedBox Bowl. That’s a positive carryover.

#3 Cal basketball: The loss to the Santa Clara Broncos last Saturday 71-52 saw Cal struggling to shutdown the Broncos offense.

#4 The Bears’ top scorers were Matt Bradley (14 pts), Kareem South (9), and Grant Antecevich (9), while the Bears lost by 19 the top scorers tried to help Cal catch up.

#5 The Bears men’s host Fresno State and face the Bulldogs (2-6), a game that the Bears have a chance to win.

Join Morris each Monday for the Cal Bears football and basketball podcasts at

Stanford wins fourth game in a row, rolls past Broncos 82-64 Stanford Cardinal guard Tyrell Terry drives on the Santa Clara Broncos on Saturday night at Maples Pavilion at Stanford.

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, November 16, 2019

The 1-2-3 scoring punch of Tyrell Tyler, Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis helped Stanford pull away in the second half and hand Santa Clara its first loss of the season on Saturday, as the Cardinal prevailed 82-64 in non-conference men’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

It was the fourth straight win to open the season for the Cardinal.

Stanford led by as many as 22 in the contest, but the Broncos raced to a 7-0 lead to start the game, as the Cardinal were scoreless in the first 3 ½ minutes.

The Cardinal led 38-32 at halftime, before outscoring the Broncos 44-32 in the second half.

Tyler was 5 of 12 from the floor and sank all 11 of his free throws to lead the Cardinal (4-0 overall) with 21 points. Da Silva was next with 18 points, followed by Davis with 15.

Da Silva and Lukas Kisunas each pulled down 10 rebounds for Stanford.

Forward Josip Vrankic was the only player to score in double figures for Santa Clara (3-1), finishing with 13 points.

Stanford shot 50 percent from the field (26-54, 4-10 3-point), while Santa Clara was held to 38 percent (21-55, 6-21 3-point).

When Maryland-Eastern Shore visits the Farm on Tuesday (7 p.m.), it’s the fifth of six straight home games for the Cardinal.

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal on 3-game win streak, face Santa Clara Saturday file photo: Cardinal and Montana did battle earlier this season. The Cardinal host Santa Clara Saturday.

On the Cardinal podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 Off to one of their best starts, the Stanford Cardinal MBB (3-0) have won three straight games. How much of a surprise is this to club and head coach Jerod Haase?

#2 In their last game against the Long Beach 49ers (1-2), the Cardinal took a convincing win 86-58 at Maples Pavilion.

#3 How advantageous has it got to be for the Cardinal to have their first eight games at home?

#4 The Cardinal’s top scorers Jaiden Delaire, Tyrell Terry, and Oscar de Silva are nailing it on offense.

#5 The Cardinal host Santa Clara this Saturday. Can the Cardinal keep it going?

Jerry Feitelberg does Cardinal podcasts each Thursday at

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Michael Duca: Freshmen Kelly and Bradley get the ball more often in helping Cal beat Santa Clara last Monday

photo from Santa Clara forward Hendrik Jardersten (3) dunks the ball against Cal during the second half of Monday night’s game at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley 

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Miguel:

#1 A big welcome to Cal (2-3) freshmen Matt Bradley and Andre Kelly. Can they get better with Bradley and Kelly in the lineup?

#2 In the Bears’ 78-66 victory at Haas Pavilion Monday night, Darius McNeill told Bears head coach Wyking Jones to let him stay in the game. Turns out there was a method to the madness as McNeil was feeding Bradley and Kelly, who helped score some important points. 

#3 It was Bradley’s 13 points of the Bears 15 points in the final 6:33 of the game that pulled them away from the Santa Clara Broncos. 

#4 Jones said that it was the players trust in each other and passing the ball that made a difference in this one.

#5 The Bears’ tipoff against the St. Mary’s Gales (2-5) Saturday night in Moraga with the Gales on a slide. Can the Bears take advantage of the Gales with home court advantage?

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears basketball podcasts each Friday at