Round Two With Runnin' Rebels Happens Wednesday Night In Vegas

Jan. 30, 2018

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SPARTANS READY FOR ROUND TWO WITH RUNNIN' REBELS
The San José State men's basketball team heads to Las Vegas to take on UNLV on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. (PT) on AT&T SportsNet. UNLV came out on top of the first matchup this year, 82-76, in overtime inside The Event Center. Spartan fans can tune into KLIV 1590 AM to hear Justin Allegri's play-by-play call. The pregame show begins at 7:30 p.m. (PT).

Game #21
San José State (3-17, 0-9 MW) at UNLV (15-6, 4-4 MW)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Thomas & Mack Center (18,000)
Las Vegas, Nev.
 
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
 
Series: UNLV leads, 36-6
Last Meeting: UNLV beat SJSU, 82-76, in overtime in San Jose on Jan. 3, 2018.
 
HISTORY WITH UNLV
The Spartans beat UNLV in both meetings last season making it the first time doing so since the 1993-94 season. ButThe Runnin' Rebels got revenge in San Jose earlier this season with an 82-76 overtime win. UNLV holds a 36-6 lead over the Spartans in the all-time series and prior to last season hadn't lost a game to SJSU since 1996.
 
LAST MEETING WITH THE RUNNIN' REBELS
San José State made a 10-point comeback in the final 4:50 of regulation and forced overtime with UNLV, but the Runnin' Rebels came out on top in the overtime period for an 82-76 win. SJSU closed regulation on a 12-2 run thanks to Ryan Welage and Noah Baumann. But some miscues late in overtime and failure to secure enough rebounds cost the Spartans what could have been a third straight win over UNLV. Welage finished with a team-high 23 points and Baumann finished with 12 points, all coming from beyond the arc. Brandon McCoy scored 23 points to lead UNLV.
 
WELAGE GOES OFF FOR 37 POINTS
Ryan Welage scored a new career-high 37 points in San José State's 80-76 overtime loss to Wyoming on Saturday. He scored 25 points in the second half helping SJSU erase a 16-point deficit. He made 12-of-20 field goals -- both career-highs -- and knocked down 11-of-12 free throws. His 37 points are the second-most by an individual in the Mountain West this season behind Chandler Hutchison's 44-point performance against San Diego State on Jan. 13. Welage was on the floor for all 45 minutes of the game against the Cowboys.
 
JAMES PLAYING HIS BEST STRETCH; NEARLY GETS TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Senior point guard Jalen James is currently playing his best basketball of the season and nearly came away with a triple-double in the last game against Wyoming. He finished the night with nine points, nine rebounds and eight assists. He was the floor general for a career-high 42 minutes and helped the Spartans pull out of a 16-point hole in the second half and force overtime. It was James who took the ball the length of the court with 5.1 seconds remaining and made a layup to send the game into overtime. James is averaging 6.0 points, 4.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds over the last three games.
 
LEAGUE'S MOST ACCURATE THREE-POINT SHOOTER IS A SPARTAN
Freshman wing Noah Baumann is shooting 60.0 percent (18-30) 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 51.7 (31-60). UNLV got a taste of what Baumann can do in the first meeting this year when he hit 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. Some defenses in league play have clamped down on Baumann including the last game against Wyoming where he only took one shot.  New Mexico and San Diego State allowed him to take only six shots combined. However he's had break through games of three or more hits from deep in four Mountain West games.
 
FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE DEFENSE TOOK A HIT, BUT STILL SOLID
San José State's current 43.1 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 beginning of last week before Boise State knocked down 53.1 percent of its shots on Wednesday followed by 44.1 percent on Saturday by Wyoming. If the season with that 42.4 percentage it would be the best for any Spartan team since 2000-01. Last season Spartan opponents hit 46.0 percent of their shots. UNLV hit 47.3 percent of its shots against the Spartans in the first meeting of the season.
 
SJSU OUT-SHOOTS ANOTHER LEAGUE FOE
San José State shot 48.4 percent (30-62) on Wednesday night compared to Wyoming's 44.1 percent (30-68). It's the sixth time in nine Mountain West games that SJSU has finished with a higher shooting percentage than the opponent and the fourth time have equal or more amount of made field goals. Yet the Spartan come into Wednesday's tilt winless in league play. In games where SJSU out-shoots its opponent, it's generally turnovers and 3-point shooting that put the game in the opponents' favor. The Spartans' 17.6 turnovers per game are the most in Division I basketball, and Mountain West foes have made an average of 8.2 more three-point baskets per game than SJSU.
 
WELAGE CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER RANKS
Ryan Welage became the 15th player in SJSU men's basketball history (108th season) to score 1,000-career points on Jan. 9 at San Diego State. Since then he's worked his way up to 12th place on the all-time scoring list and sits 11 points shy of passing Sid Williams for 11th. Welage now has 136 made 3-pointers in his career, ranking third on SJSU's all-time list. He is two away from tying Adrian Oliver with 138 made threes and then he'll only be trailing the program's all-time leader Tim Pierce who made 153.

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. 1,085 - Ryan Welage (81 games)
13. 1,050 - S.T. Saffold (72 games)
13. 1,050 - Olivier Saint-Jean (51 games)
15. 1,049 - Carroll Williams (75 games)