Men's Hoops Tries To Get Back On Track Versus Air Force
Jan. 12, 2018
TURNOVERS CONTINUE TO HURT
SPARTANS TRY TO GET BACK ON TRACK AGAINST AIR FORCE
San José State takes on Air Force on Saturday in search of it first Mountain West win of the season. A win for the Spartans would make it four in a row over the Falcons dating back to the 2015-16 season. The 2:00 p.m. (PT) tipoff will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network, and can be heard on KLIV 1590 AM with Justin Allegri's play-by-play call.
San José State (3-13, 0-5 MW) vs. Air Force (6-10, 0-4 MW)
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2:00 p.m. (PT)
The Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
Tickets: Spartan Ticket Office (408) 924-7589
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
Series: SJSU leads, 6-5
Last Meeting: SJSU defeated Air Force, 83-78, in overtime inside The Event Center on Feb. 18, 2017
Trend: SJSU has won three in a row dating back to the 2015-16 season
WELAGE JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
With a pair of free throws with 4:12 remaining in the second half of the game at San Diego State Ryan Welage scored points 999 and 1,000. He became the 15th player in program history (108th season) and the first since Justin Graham in 2011 to reach the career milestone. Welage reached 1,000 points in his 77th game as a Spartan and with a minimum of 14 games remaining this season he could climb high on SJSU's all-time scoring list.
- 1,767 - Ricky Berry (84 games)
- 1,750 - Adrian Oliver (80 games)
- 1,504 - Stu Inman (123 games)
- 1,432 - Wally Rank (102 games)
- 1,272 - Justin Graham (119 games)
- 1,236 - Chris McNealy (81 games)
- 1,173 - Coby Dietrick (72 games)
- 1,139 - Terry Cannon (97 games)
- 1,136 - Johnnie Skinner (73 games)
- 1,125 - Ken Mickey (82 games)
- 1,095 - Sid Williams (111 games)
- 1,050 - S.T. Saffold (72 games)
- 1,050 - Olivier Saint-Jean (51 games)
- 1,049 - Carroll Williams (75 games)
- 1,000 - Ryan Welage (77 games)
SERIES HISTORY VERSUS AIR FORCE
San José State holds a 6-5 edge over Air Force after a pair of wins last season on Jan. 14 (89-85) and Feb. 18 (83-78-OT). A win on Saturday would make it four in a row for the Spartans dating back to the 2015-16 season. The last time SJSU surrendered a loss to Air Force in San Jose was on Jan. 28, 2015.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
One of these two teams is coming out of this game with its first Mountain West win. The Falcons and Spartans are 10th and 11th in the league respectively for offensive production with the Falcons scoring 68.6 points per game while the Spartans average 64.6 points per game. The teams are very close in points allowed per game with Air Force giving up 71.6 points and SJSU allowing 72.1 points. San José State's field goal defense ranks fifth in the league at 42.6 percent, while Air Force ranks last for allowing its opponents to shoot 47.7 percent. Lavelle Scottie is Air Force's leading scorer at 11.7 points per game, but history would say it's not only Scottie that the Spartans should be worried about.
LYONS LOVES THE SPARTANS
History has proven that Air Force guard Trevor Lyons loves to play the Spartans. He has a couple of games throughout his six meetings with SJSU that bring down the averages, however he has extended his career-scoring high twice against the Spartans. First he dropped a career-high 22 points on SJSU two seasons ago in Air Force's last win in the series, and then he beat that with 24 points in last year's Jan. 14 meeting. His 24 points and seven field goals that day remain career-highs coming into Saturday. He scored nine of those 24 points from the free throw line, which would have been a career-high, except his career-high in that department is 11 against - wait for it - San José State.
SJSU SUFFERS TOUGH LOSS AT SAN DIEGO STATE
While Ryan Welage's milestone was a moment to remember, the game itself at San Diego State was one to forget. The Spartans were step-for-step with the Aztecs for much of the first half until SDSU ended the period on a 6-0 run and took a nine-point lead into halftime. Ashtin Chastain made the first basket of the second half, and then a 16-0 Aztecs run ensued. The deficit grew as large as 42 points with 1:36 left to play in the game. It was the fifth straight loss in conference play this season and nine in a row dating back to last season. The last Mountain West win for SJSU was against Saturday's opponent, Air Force, on Feb. 18, 2017.
SPARTANS HOPE TO FIND THEIR STROKE
San José State had been one of the better overall shooting teams in the Mountain West this season, ranking inside the top-five for many weeks. However, last week SJSU saw season-low shooting percentages in back-to-back games. First it was 31.8 percent (14-44) at New Mexico followed by 30.8 percent (16-52) at San Diego State. SJSU will look to get back on track Saturday at home where it shoots 45.2 percent this year compared to 40.6 percent on the road.
CLIMBMING THE ALL-TIME LIST FOR THREES
With 130 made 3-pointers in his career Ryan Welage is fourth all-time at SJSU. He's trailing only Rashad Muhammad (134), Adrian Oliver (138) and the all-time leader Tim Pierce (153).
TURNOVERS CONTINUE TO HURT
San José State has turned the ball over 20 or more times in six out of the last seven games. In five conference contests the Spartans have given up 131 points (26.2 per game) off of turnovers. Giving the ball away has wrecked the Spartans' chances of a league win in at least two of the games when they actually made more baskets against Colorado State and UNLV.