SAN JOSÉ STATE ENDS REGULAR SEASON AT AIR FORCE
The San José State men's basketball team has a chance to win two in a row in the regular season finale on Saturday at Air Force. The Spartans are coming off of their first Mountain West win this season, a 64-62 triumph over Utah State at home. Tipoff for Saturday's game is set for 2:00 p.m. (MT) and will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network. Justin Allegri will have the call on the Spartans' radio broadcast on KLIV 1590 AM with the pregame show starting at 1:30 p.m. (MT).
San José State (4-24, 1-16 MW) at Air Force (11-18, 5-12 MW)
Saturday, May 3, 2018, 2:00 p.m. (MT)
TV: Mountain West Network
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
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.
San José State sent its seniors out the right way on Wednesday night with the team's first win during Mountain West play, a 64-62 victory over Utah State. The game featured 15 lead changes, but it was San José State with more points in the end after Isaiah Nichols buried a jumper with 57 seconds left. His shot put SJSU up 64-60 and the Spartans held on for the victory after Utah State's last-second shot was ruled before the buzzer. The win snapped a 21-game losing streak to Utah State which dated back to the 2008 season.
SJSU and Air Force are deadlocked at 6-6 in the all-time series. San José State's three-game win streak against the Falcons was snapped earlier this year when Air Force won 78-71 inside The Event Center. SJSU erased an 18-point deficit in the game and took multiple leads, but Ryan Swan's 19 points led Air Force to victory.
Sophomore guard Isaiah Nichols has played 25 minutes and 27 minutes respectively in the last two games and has made great impact for the Spartans. Nichols scored nine points on three 3-pointers against San Diego State. He only made one basket in the last game against Utah State, but it was the basket to clinch SJSU's first Mountain West win of the year -- a jumper from one step inside the three-point line in the left corner. Nichols had been averaging 13.2 minutes per conference game before getting 25-plus minutes of burn in the last two games.
After coming up empty against San Diego State Ryan Welage drilled the 154th 3-pointer of his career last game against Utah State and took over as SJSU's all-time leader in made threes in a career.
Utah State attempted a Mountain West record 43 threes against the Spartans on Wednesday night. It continued a trend where Spartan opponents are living beyond the arc. In the last four games SJSU opponents are averaging 39.0 three-point attempts per game and hit 34.6 percent. Guarding against easy points in the paint, the Spartans have been playing the 3-point percentages against their opponents. Air Force comes into Saturday with the Mountain West's lowest 3-point field goal percentage at 32.2 percent.
Redshirt freshman Keith Fisher III extended his career-scoring high twice in one week with a 23-point performance at Colorado State on Feb. 10, followed by 26 points at Wyoming. Fisher has finished seven of the last 10 games in double-figure scoring. Over the last five games he is averaging 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds.
Jaycee Hillsman has started the last four games for the Spartans after playing as a reserve in 16 consecutive games prior. During his time back in the starting lineup he's averaging 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists -- all above his season averages. Hillsman is averaging 36.6 minutes per game during the stretch when he averages around 25 minutes over the course of the conference season. He led SJSU with 19 points last game in the win over Utah State and has finished in double-figure scoring in three of the last four games.