Men's Basketball Hosts Utah State On Senior Night

Feb. 27, 2018

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MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS UTAH STATE ON SENIOR NIGHT
The San José State men's basketball team plays its final home game of the 2017-18 season on Wednesday night. It is Senior Night inside the Event Center and the program will honor Jalen James and Ryan Singer who will play in their final home game as Spartans. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. on the Mountain West Network. Fans can tune into KLIV 1590 AM and hear Justin Allegri's play-by-play call.
 
Game #28
San José State (3-24, 0-16 MW) vs. Utah State (14-15, 7-9 MW)
Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. (PT)
The Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
 
TV: Mountain West Network
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
 
LAST MEETING WITH UTAH STATE
The Spartans and Aggies met in this season's Mountain West opener back on December 27 in Logan, Utah. The result was an 86-72 win for Utah State which scored 36 points off of 23 Spartan turnovers. Ryan Welage scored a team-high 22 points while Jaycee Hillsman added a career-high 18 points for SJSU. Utah State had four players in double-figure scoring led by Koby McEwen with 24 points. The Spartans finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field and out-rebounded Utah State 40-23, but the 36 points off of turnovers handed Utah State the win.
 
SERIES HISTORY WITH UTAH STATE
From a San José State perspective, the series history with Utah State isn't pretty. The Aggies have won 21 straight games dating back to 2008 and own a 60-21 advantage in the all-time series. SJSU's last win against Utah State came on Feb. 18, 2008 at home by a score of 70-67.
 
WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR SJSU
One big thing that has changed for SJSU since the last meeting with Utah State is the development of redshirt freshman Keith Fisher III. He was held scoreless in just 14 minutes of action during the first meeting. Fisher enters Wednesday night averaging a team-high 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds over the last five games. He has scored 20 or more points in three of the last five and reached double-figure scoring in seven of the last nine games.
 
WHERE IS WELLY?
Ryan Welage went 0-for-2 from downtown last game against San Diego State so he remains tied for SJSU's all-time lead with 153 made 3-pointers. He have one more shot to take the record all for himself in front of the home crowd with just one make from downtown on Wednesday night. Welage sits 28 points away from taking over as the sixth-leading scorer in program history. He's currently seventh with 1,209 career points.
 
Jalen James & Ryan Singer PLAYING IN THEIR FINAL HOME GAMES
Senior Jalen James will be suiting up for his 115th game as a Spartan on Wednesday night. The fifth-year senior helped SJSU get its first Mountain West win on the road at Nevada with a game-winning shot with 1.2 seconds remaining. James also recorded just the second triple-double in program history when he has 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists on the road at Houston back in December of 2013. Singer injured his knee during SJSU's third game of the season and will call it a career after appearing in 48 games since his arrival in 2014-15.
 
MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE
Single-game and all-session tickets for the upcoming Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas are on sale now on SJSUSpartans.com/tickets. Head to the web page today and make your plans to see the Spartans in their opening-round game on Wednesday, March 7, at 4:00 p.m. inside the Thomas & Mack Center. The ticket office can be reached by telephone at 408-924-7589.