Men's Basketball Faces Boise State On The Road

Jan. 23, 2018

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SJSU men's basketball goes on the road to begin the week with a matchup at Boise State. Tipoff on AT&T SportsNet is set for 7:00 p.m. (PT). Spartan fans can hear the home broadcast by tuning into KLIV1590 AM with Justin Allegri's play-by-play call. The pregame show on KLIV begins at 6:30 p.m.
Game #19
San José State (3-15, 0-7 MW) at Boise State (16-4, 6-2 MW)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 8:00 p.m. (MT)
Taco Bell Arena (12,480)
Boise, Idaho
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
Series: Boise State leads, 30-3
Last Meeting: SJSU lost to Boise State, 85-78, inside Taco Bell Arena on Feb. 25, 2017

Boise State has a commanding 30-3 lead in the all-time series and San José State is in search of its first win in Boise. The last win for San José State came on March 5, 2016, in San Jose by a score of 68-63. The result for SJSU snapped an eight-game slide and was the first win over the Broncos since 2002. Taco Bell Arena has not been kind to San José State recently as the Spartans have lost their last three trips there by an average of 27.3 points per game. 
It was a two-possession game with 4:30 to play in the second half, and then the first-place Nevada Wolf Pack pulled away from SJSU for a 71-54 win. Trailing 54-48 the Spartans allowed a 7-0 Nevada run and then Caleb Martin put the dagger in with a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and 15 seconds remaining to put Nevada up by 17 points. Martin finished the game with 24 points. SJSU's Brandon Mitchell scored a new career-high 18 points to lead the Spartans.
Boise State currently has the Mountain West's top rebounding margin of plus-7.9. But that title belonged to San José State for much of the season and even to date SJSU has a plus-5.7 margin which ranks third in the league. The two teams are separated by just a sliver in per-game rebounding with the edge going to Boise State at 31.6 compared to SJSU's 31.1. Chandler Hutchison leads Boise State with 8.1 rebounds per game and he has three other Broncos teammates averaging 5.0 or more boards per game. San José State is led by Keith Fisher III with 5.7 rebounds per game. Ryan Welage has been helping SJSU's cause over the last three games by averaging 7.0 rebounds in the last three games. 
Heading into Wednesday's game San José State's field goal percentage defense of 42.4 ranks fifth in the Mountain West. A 34.7 clip for Spartan opponents from beyond the arc also ranks fifth in the league. In its last game San José State held Nevada to a season-low 26 points on 26.7 percent (8-30) shooting in the first half. One of the teams ahead of SJSU in field goal percentage defense is Boise State. The Broncos are holding their opponents to 40.9 percent shooting, ranking second in the MW, while their 29.4 three-point field goal percentage defense tops the conference. 
Spartan Freshman Noah Baumann was guarded closley in games at New Mexico (1/6) and San Diego State (1/9). Baumann went into the week facing those teams as the league's most accurate 3-point shooter qualifying with at least four attempts per game. The opponents responded by locking him down to a combined six shots in the two games. But Baumann found a way to get his shots against Air Force, and they dropped. He finished 4-of-8 from the field including 3-of-6 from downtown and had 11 points. He nailed both of his 3-point attempts against Nevada and Baumann is now 17-of-26 (65.4 percent) from 3-point land during MW play. He's San José State's second-leading scorer during league play at 8.1 ppg.
San José State trailed Air Force by as many as 18 points in the first half, but battled back to take 
multiple leads in the second period. The Spartans used their best shooting first half of the season (58.3 percent, 14-24) to climb out of the hole and trailed, 40-34, at halftime. SJSU trailed by two points with 2:58 remaining in the game, but an 8-0 run by Air Force aided by five missed free throws by SJSU allowed the Falcons to pull out the 78-71 win in San Jose. 
Despite a loss there were plenty of positives coming out of the game against Air Force. The most 
important one being SJSU's 15 assists to a season-low nine turnovers. The Spartans had turned the ball over 20 or more times in six straight games before giving it away 18 times at San Diego State (1/9). Then they cut the number in half against Air Force. SJSU's -6.4 turnover margin and its 17.8 giveaways per game rank last in all of NCAA Division I, but the Spartans now  have something to build on in that department with the results from the last game. 
San José State shot 47.1 percent (24-51) against Air Force and held them to 41.1 percent (23-56) shooting. It is the fourth time during Mountain West play that SJSU has finished with a better 
shooting percentage than the opponent. It's also the third time that the Spartans have made more field goals than their league foe and lost. In these game where SJSU out-shoots its opponent, it's generally turnovers and 3-point shooting that tilt the game in the opponents' favor.
It's been an up-and-down senior year for Jalen James. Multiple nagging injuries and some of the different rotations throughout the year have limited his playing time. But after what was perhaps San José State's worse loss of the season - an 85-49 beating at San Diego State - James responded with one of his best games of the season against Air Force. He scored 13 points, had four assists, hit a pair of clutch 3-pointers and guided SJSU for a season-high 29 minutes. James started the game which made it his first time on the floor for the jump since Nov. 22, 2017 in a win over Idaho State.
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 13 games remaining this season he could climb high on SJSU's all-time scoring list.
1. 1,767 - Ricky Berry (84 games)
2. 1,750 - Adrian Oliver (80 games)
3. 1,504 - Stu Inman (123 games)
4. 1,432 - Wally Rank (102 games)
5. 1,272 - Justin Graham (119 games)
6. 1,236 - Chris McNealy (81 games)
7. 1,173 - Coby Dietrick (72 games)
8. 1,139 - Terry Cannon (97 games)
9. 1,136 - Johnnie Skinner (73 games)
10. 1,125 - Ken Mickey (82 games)
11. 1,095 - Sid Williams (111 games)
12. 1,050 - S.T. Saffold (72 games)
12. 1,050 - Olivier Saint-Jean (51 games)
14. 1,049 - Carroll Williams (75 games)
15. 1,026 - Ryan Welage (79 games)