Men's Hoops Has Sights Set On Three In A Row
Nov. 30, 2015
ROGERS DOMINATES AT GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT
SPARTANS GO FOR THREE IN A ROW WEDNESDAY IN THE EVENT CENTER
The Spartans have returned from Alaska with a pair of wins in a row, and will try and make it three straight when the University of Antelope Valley visits The Event Center on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. PST. The Spartans also have a chance to pull above .500 on the season. Call the Spartan Ticket Office today at 408-924-7598 and get your tickets for Wednesday night! If you can't make it, live video streaming will be available via the Spartan Digital Network. Fans can also listen to the voice of the Spartans, Justin Allegri, on Stretch Internet Radio. Links for audio and video streams are available below. Finally, fans can get scoring updates by following the team on Twitter, @SJSUMBB.
San José State (3-3) vs. University of Antelope Valley (1-5)
Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
ROGERS DOMINATES AT GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT
Frank Rogers was selected to the Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team after averaging 22.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. In the win over Alaska-Anchorage, Rogers scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the tournament. In three games, the senior shot 65 percent from the floor (26-40) and 63 percent from downtown (7-11). He also only turned the ball over one time while averaging 34.1 minutes per game.
INSIDE ROGERS' 32-POINT GAME
Rogers finished the game 14 of 18 from the floor in his breakout 32-point game at Alaska-Anchorage. He was 9 of 10 with 23 points in the first half alone. Rogers scored the first two points of the game on a put-back layup and never looked back. He was also lethal on the outside including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. The biggest bucket of the night was his last, a layup which put the Spartans up by six with 1:12 to go.
WELY HITS BIG BUCKETS IN UAA WIN
As San José State and Alaska-Anchorage went back-and-forth in the closing minutes, Ryan Welage stepped up and hit what may have been the biggest shots of the young season. A five-point UAA burst that cut SJSU's lead to three was silenced when Welage knocked down a three from the top of the arc at the 2:18 mark. On the Spartans' next possession, Welage cashed another one from the right corner and the Spartans took a six-point lead into the final minute.
HIDDEN KEYS TO VICTORIES AT GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT
Outside of Rogers' dominance, the Spartans had some big contributions from role players during crunch time. Brandon Clarke had two tip-ins off of missed shots with under seven minutes to play in a back-and-forth game versus UAA. Cody Schwartz, who has struggled with his shot, canned a three-ball to put the Spartans ahead at one point in the second half of that game. Leon Bahner had significant contributions in the win over San Diego, making both of his shots while adding two blocks a steal.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ARE A WELCOME SIGHT
San José State is tied with Fresno State atop the Mountain West with five double-double performances. Frank Rogers has turned in three, and Ryan Welage has two. Rogers had back-to-back games with double-digit points and rebounds at the Great Alaska Shootout, while Welage notched double-doubles in the first two games of the season.
I-T KNOWS HIS ROLE AND PLAYS IT WELL
Isaac Thornton certainly played his role well at the Great Alaska Shootout, leading SJSU to a season-best 31 points of bench production versus San Diego. Thornton scored 15 of those 31, while handing out four assists. He entered the game midway through the first half, and ended up playing 27 minutes, 17 more than his average at the time. Thornton finished the tournament averaging 8.3 points, handed out 11 assists and had five steals.
A major emphasis this season from head coach Dave Wojcik to the team has been assists to turnover ratio. Heading into Wednesday's game, SJSU is averaging a Mountain West-best 16.3 assists to 11.5 turnovers per contest. The Spartans recorded 62 helpers over three games at the Great Alaska Shootout, the most during a three-game stretch since the 1997-98 season when the team had 63.
SCHWARTZ MAKES PRESENCE FELT IN WIN OVER UAA
Cody Schwartz had two go-ahead baskets in the second half of the 91-87 victory over Alaska-Anchorage. One was a turnaround three from the left corner that put SJSU up 60-59 with 11:13 to go. Schwartz put the Spartans ahead by one with 9:15 left when he went flying through the lane for a one-handed tip-in off of a missed shot. He also helped grow the lead to as many as seven by knocking down a pair of free throws with 6:36 remaining.
MORE ABOUT ANTELOPE VALLEY
The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers of the NAIA's California Pacific Conference are 1-5 so far in their inaugural season of men's basketball competition. Based in Lancaster, Calif., Antelope Valley has traveled to Weber State, Utah Valley University, Loyola Marymount and Cal Poly to play their discretionary exhibition games. Most recently, the Pioneers fell, 85-55, at the hands of the Cal Poly Mustangs on November 28. The Pioneers are coached by Brad Rogers.
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