Men's Basketball Heads To Colorado State After The Bye

Feb. 8, 2018

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SPARTANS VISIT COLORADO STATE ON SATURDAY
The San José State men's basketball team comes off of the bye and heads to Fort Collins, Colo., to face Colorado State on Saturday afternoon. Tipoff on the Mountain West Network is set for 2:00 p.m. (MT). Spartan fans can tune into KLIV 1590 AM and hear Justin Allegri's play-by-play call or follow the updates on Twitter by searching for @SJSUMBB.
 
Game #23
San José State (3-19, 0-11 MW) at Colorado State (10-16, 3-10 MW)
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00 p.m. (MT)
Moby Arena (8,745)
Fort Collins, Colo.
 
TV: Mountain West Network
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
 
 
LAST MEETING WITH COLORADO STATE
Colorado State staged a second-half comeback on the Spartans won the game, 59-52, inside The Event Center on December 30. San José State led by 11 points at halftime but only made eight baskets in the second period. CSU guard Prentiss Nixon scored a game-high 19 points and was largely responsible for a 12-2 Rams run that wiped out SJSU's double-digit lead the six minutes to play. Ryan Welage had a team-high 16 points and Noah Baumann scored a career-high 14 points for the Spartans.
 
HISTORY WITH COLORADO STATE
CSU remains the only team in the Mountain West that San José State has never beaten in men's basketball. Colorado State is 16-0 against SJSU after the win earlier this season on Dec. 30.
 
RAMS ARE WINLESS AT HOME
Something has to give on Saturday as the Spartans are winless both at home and on the road in league play and Colorado State is 0-6 inside Moby Arena during league play. Colorado State has dropped seven in a row coming into Saturday's game including most recently to Air Force on Feb. 6.
 
TURNOVERS KEEP SPARTANS FROM FIRST MW WIN
San José State shot better than New Mexico, 47.1 percent to 41.4 percent. The Spartans outrebounded the Lobos, 43-19, and they made more free throws. However, a season-high 25 turnovers leading to 30 UNM points gave the game away and SJSU lost 71-68 on its home floor to New Mexico. It was the 11th game with 20 or more turnovers this season for SJSU, and the team's 17.6 turnovers per game are the most in NCAA Division I.
 
SPARTANS OPPONENTS NOT SHY FROM DEEP
New Mexico hit 11 three-point baskets on the way to handing SJSU a 71-68 loss. San José State has a fifth-ranked three-point field goal percentage defense of 34.6 percent, but it's the volume of 3-pointers that opponents are taking and making which kills SJSU. In 11 conference games SJSU's opponents have taken 143 more threes and have connected on 45 more than the Spartans. Colorado State averages 6.9 made 3-pointers per game this season, ranking ninth in the Mountain West. The Rams were 8-of-23 in the first meeting with SJSU.
 
HILLSMAN GOES FOR CAREER-HIGH 21 POINTS
San José State's Jaycee Hillsman has had the ball in his hands quite a bit more than usual in the last couple of games and he made the most of his opportunity against New Mexico with career-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was the second double-double of his career but the first against a Division I opponent. Hillsman played 30 minutes as the team's "sixth-man" which are the most since he played 32 minutes against San Diego in SJSU's second game of the season on November 12.
 
SPARTAN OFFENSE GAINING STEAM
San José State's offense has picked it up quite a bit over the last three games. The team is shooting 47.7 percent from the field and averaging 73.7 points per game during that stretch compared to overall marks of 43.9 percent and 66.0 points per game. Three players are averaging double-figures in scoring, led by Ryan Welage at 26.7 points per game. Keith Fisher III has finished with 10 or more points in five of the last seven games and is averaging 10.3 points. Jaycee Hillsman has put in 13.3 points over the last three games including his new career-high 21 points last time out against UNM.

BATTLE WITH UNLV ENDS IN 76-67 LOSS IN VEGAS
San José State was knocked down a handful of times by big UNLV runs, but got up every time until the Runnin' Rebels eventually pulled out a 76-67 win on their home floor. SJSU surrendered a 9-0 run to UNLV and fell behind early, 16-9. However the Spartans answered right back with an 11-0 run of their own to regain the lead. UNLV had a lead swell to as large as 12 points before SJSU reeled it back in to three points midway through the second half. But in the end, Brandon McCoy's 22 points and 17 rebounds propelled UNLV to victory. Four Spartans finished in double-figure scoring, led by Ryan Welage for the 16th time this year with 21 points. Oumar Barry put in a career-high 12 points.

WELAGE BECOMES SECOND-LEADING 3-POINT SHOOTER AT SJSU
Ryan Welage banged a three right before the halftime buzzer at UNLV on Wednesday night which gave him 139 for his career. With that he moved into second on San José State's all-time made 3-point field goals list, passing Adrian Oliver. He comes into Saturday's game with 142 made 3-pointers, trailing only the program's all-time leader Tim Pierce with 153.