Spartans Let Aztecs Run Away With 78-56 Win

Brandon Clarke swatted three SDSU shots including this huge on on Winston Shepard.
Feb. 21, 2016

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San Jose, Calif. --- A back-and-forth contest between San José State and San Diego State turned into a lopsided game quickly when the Aztecs went on a 21-4 run midway through the second half, and the Spartans fell 78-56 in Mountain West play.
 
Princeton Onwas hit a layup at the 14:47 mark in the second half to make it 40-38 SDSU lead. From there, SJSU hit just one basket over the next 7:03. Trey Kell hit a three, and Malik Pope threw down a thunderous dunk that helped San Diego State (20-7, 13-1 MW) grow its lead from 10 to 22 in less than three minutes.
 
Pope and Winston Shepard each finished with a game-high 17 points for the Aztecs. Pope also collected 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the year. Kell and Jeremy Hemsley ended with 15 and 13 points respectively.
 
Cody Schwartz nailed four three-point baskets in the first half, which helped erase SDSU's 14-point lead midway through the period. Schwartz connected from deep on back-to-back possessions at one point, slicing the lead from 12 to six.
 
Ivo Basor grabbed an offensive board and dished the ball to Ryan Welage who connected on a three of his own to make it 28-25 with 2:13 remaining in the half. Brandon Clarke's layup on the Spartans' next possession made it a one-point game, which would be the closest SJSU got to overtaking the Aztecs.
 
Schwartz was scoreless in the second half, but finished with a team-high 12 points. Onwas, and Clarke each finished with 11 points and Welage scored 10.
 
The Aztecs shot 49.1 percent (27-55) from the floor, and 50.0 percent (8-16) from beyond the arc. The Spartans were 35.7 shooting from the floor and 26.1 percent (6-23) from deep.
 
The win for San Diego State gives the program 11 straight seasons with 20 or more wins, a new school record. The win also clinches at least a share of the Mountain West regular season title, the program's 10th.
 
San José State will try and snap a four-game losing streak when it visits Utah State Saturday, February 27, in Logan Utah.
 
Newspaper Box Score

San Diego State vs San José State
02/21/16 1:00 PM at San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center)
At San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center)

SAN DIEGO STATE 78, SAN JOSé STATE 56

SAN DIEGO STATE (20-7, 13-1 MW)
SHEPARD, Winston 6-12 5-5 17; POPE, Malik 7-11 0-0 17; KELL, Trey 4-8 3-4
15; HEMSLEY, Jeremy 5-7 2-3 13; SPENCER, Skylar 2-3 1-3 5; CHOL, Angelo 1-3
2-2 4; ALLEN, Dakarai 1-5 1-2 3; WILLIAMS, D'Erryl 1-1 0-0 2; CHEATHAM,
Zylan 0-2 2-2 2; U'U, Parker 0-1 0-0 0; SHRIGLEY, Matt 0-2 0-0 0; PEREZ, Ben
0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 16-21 78.

SAN JOSé STATE (8-19, 3-12 MW)
Schwartz, Cody 4-8 0-0 12; Onwas, Princeton 5-9 0-0 11; Clarke, Brandon 4-7
3-5 11; Welage, Ryan 3-11 3-4 10; Rogers, Frank 2-8 0-0 4; James, Jalen 1-4
1-2 3; Williams, Jr., Gary 0-4 2-2 2; Bahner, Leon 1-1 0-0 2; Basor, Ivo 0-0
1-2 1; Thornton, Isaac 0-2 0-0 0; Hillsman, Jaycee 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-56
10-15 56.

San Diego State...............   33   45  -   78
San José State................   29   27  -   56

3-point goals--San Diego State 8-16 (KELL, Trey 4-4; POPE, Malik 3-4;
HEMSLEY, Jeremy 1-1; ALLEN, Dakarai 0-2; CHEATHAM, Zylan 0-1; U'U, Parker
0-1; SHRIGLEY, Matt 0-2; SHEPARD, Winston 0-1), San José State 6-23
(Schwartz, Cody 4-7; Onwas, Princeton 1-2; Welage, Ryan 1-6; WILLIAMS, JR.,
Gary 0-2; Hillsman, Jaycee 0-1; Rogers, Frank 0-5). Fouled out--San Diego
State-ALLEN, Dakarai, San José State-None. Rebounds--San Diego State 38
(POPE, Malik 11), San José State 32 (Clarke, Brandon 8). Assists--San Diego
State 17 (SHEPARD, Winston 7), San José State 10 (Thornton, Isaac 4). Total
fouls--San Diego State 20, San José State 16. Technical fouls--San Diego
State-None, San José State-None. A-3317