Men's Hoops Battles Wyoming At Home Saturday Afternoon
Jan. 26, 2018
SPARTANS FACE WYOMING AT HOME SATURDAY
San José State returns home Saturday to take on Wyoming for a 2:00 p.m. (PT) tip inside the Event Center. Tickets for the game are available now at the Spartan ticket office and will be available for purchase at the ticket window outside the Event Center. The game 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 (3-16, 0-8 MW) vs. Wyoming (13-7, 4-3 MW)
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m. (PT)
The Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
Tickets: Spartan Ticket Office - (408) 924-7589
TV: Mountain West Network
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
Wyoming controls the all-time series 10-2 after beating San José State twice last season. The Spartans' last win in the series came on Jan. 13, 2016, inside The Event Center. That win for SJSU was the first on its home floor against a Mountain West opponent since joining the league in 2013-14. Since then the Cowboys have won three straight, including last year's regular season finale in Laramie by a score of 74-62.
WYOMING COMING IN OFF OF BIG WIN
The same night SJSU fell to Boise State, Wyoming knocked off the Mountain West's top-dog Nevada in double-overtime by a score of 104-103. Fifth-place Wyoming with a 4-3 league record has beaten Nevada, Boise State and San Diego State in the first half of league play.
SPARTANS BEAT TALE OF THE TAPE, BUT NOT BRONCOS
Earlier this week San José State lost on the road to Boise State by 23 points, 94-71, despite dispelling much of what the tale of the tape said heading into the matchup. The Broncos brought in a stellar defense which ranked second in the MW for holding teams to 40.1 percent shooting, but the Spartans hit 53.8 percent of its shots against them. Even better was Boise State's three-point field goal percentage defense which ranked seventh in Division I basketball at 29.4 percent. But San José State sank 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) shots from downtown on the night. SJSU's three-point shooting wasn't the story though because Boise State rained in 18 3-pointers, making it a single-game record for a San José State opponent. The Spartans got 22 points from Ryan Welage and a new career-high 16 points from Keith Fisher III, but it wasn't enough to overcome Boise State's hot shooting.
LEAGUE'S MOST ACCURATE THREE-POINT SHOOTER IS A SPARTAN
Freshman wing Noah Baumann is shooting 62.1 percent (18-29) from beyond the arc during league play which ranks first among all Mountain West players. The Desert Vista High School grad from Phoenix has been deadly all year long from downtown with an overall percentage of 52.5 (31-59). Some defenses in league play have clamped down on Baumann such as New Mexico and San Diego State which allowed him to take only six shots combined. However he's had break through games of three or more hits from deep against Utah State, Colorado State and Air Force.
MORE THREES FOR WELAGE IN HIS NINTH 20-POINT GAME
Ryan Welage led the Spartans in scoring for the 14th time with 22 points on Wednesday at Boise State. It was his ninth 20-point game of the season. Welage buried a couple of threes early on to get himself going and in doing so moved into a tie for third all-time at SJSU with 134 made threes. His next 3-pointer will give him sole possession of third, leaping ahead of Rashad Muhammad and trailing only Adrian Oliver (138) and Tim Pierce (153).
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE TOOK A HIT, BUT STILL SOLID
San José State's 43.0 field goal percentage defense is the best it's had in a very long time. The Spartans took the MW's fifth-ranked 42.4 field goal percentage defense into the week before Boise State knocked down 53.1 percent of its shots on Wednesday night. If the season ended at the beginning of the week, that 42.4 percentage would be the best for any Spartan team since 2000-01. Last season Spartan opponents hit 46.0 percent of their shots against SJSU. The Spartans face Wyoming Saturday inside The Event Center where they are holding Mountain West opponents to 41.0 percent shooting.
SJSU OUT-SHOOTS ANOTHER LEAGUE FOE
San José State just barely edged Boise State in shooting on Wednesday night after hitting 53.8 percent (28-52) from the floor. It is the fifth time in eight Mountain West games that SJSU has finished with a better shooting percentage than the opponent. The Spartans have made more baskets than their opponents in three league games, yet are still in search of their first win. 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. The Spartans' 17.6 turnovers per game are the most in Division I basketball.
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 (1/9) Ryan Welage scored points 999 and 1,000. He became the 15th player in program history (108 seasons) 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 11 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)
1,048 - Ryan Welage (80 games)