SPARTANS END ROAD TRIP AT DENVER ON TUESDAY NIGHT
San José State finishes its long road trip at Denver on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. (MT). There is no live video streaming for the game, so fans should tune their radios to KLIV 1590 AM and listen to Justin Allegri's call. Pregame begins at 6:30 p.m. (MT).
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LAST MEETING WITH DENVER
San José State had chances to tie or go ahead in the final minutes of the last meeting with Denver on Nov. 16, 2016, but the Pioneers pulled out a 74-69 win in San Jose. Jalen James scored 13 points for the Spartans and Ryan Welage added 11 points. Denver's Joe Rosga led the way for the Pioneers with 15 points and he is currently Denver's leading scorer heading into Tuesday night's contest averaging 17.6 points per game.
SERIES HISTORY WITH DENVER
The Spartans have never beaten the Pioneers in five tries dating back to 1959 when the programs first met. Last year Denver prevailed for a 74-69 win inside The Event Center.
OUTREBOUNDED FOR THE FIRST TIME
San José State lost the battle on the boards for the first time this season, 30-28, at Southern Illinois. SJSU had tied with #21-Saint Mary's earlier in the year, but hadn't been beaten on the glass until Saturday at SIU. SJSU still owns a +9.9 margin against the opponents which ranks 17th in the country through games as of Dec. 2.
SPARTANS CAN'T STOP SALUKIS IN SECOND HALF
San José State allowed SIU to hit its first five field goals of the second half which helped the Salukis shoot 61.5 percent during the period. On the other side, the Spartans only managed one basket in a span lasting more than 10 minutes. The SIU lead grew to as large as 28 points with under three minutes to play before SJSU closed the game on a 10-0 run.
DENVER MARKS FINAL STOP OF THE ROAD TRIP
On Tuesday of last week the Spartans set off on a voyage that would take them over 4,600 miles, through five states and three time zones. It started with an 85-79 loss at Bowling Green before traveling to SIU for a 76-58 loss. Denver marks the final stop on the trip that will have the Spartans away from home for nine consecutive days. But the Spartans won't get too used to their own beds when the trip is over because just two days later they head out for a game at Portland on Dec. 9.
FRESHMAN LEADS SJSU IN THREES
Spartan freshman Noah Baumann leads San José State in 3-point shooting during the early goings of the season. He's made 11-of-19 (.579) from downtown on the year. Baumann has proven that he can make them in clutch situations too, as it was his shot from deep which made it a one-possession game at Bowling Green late in the second half. His shot helped SJSU nearly complete a comback from a 16-point halftime deficit, but the comeback effort fell short.
COMING UP NEXT...
The Spartans finally head back home on Wednesday after Tuesday night's game at Denver. It will be a quick trip back to the South Bay because on Friday the team departs again for a game at Portland on Dec. 9. Then the Spartans have eight days before they play again at home against South Dakota on Dec. 17. After that SJSU concludes the nonconference portion of the season at the cross-town rival Santa Clara Broncos on Dec. 21.
COMEBACK FALLS SHORT AT BOWLING GREEN
It's tough to come back in a game that has you down 19-2 in the first 6:30 of the first half. But that's exactly what the Spartans did in the last game against Bowling Green. Trailing by 19 points, Ryan Welage hit a 3-pointer with 16:27 to play in the second period which ignited a 16-0 SJSU run. It was the longest scoring run of the season and four different players
contributed with points during it. SJSU got as close as two points on Nai Carlisle's jumper with 8:24 to play. Despite having a few more opportunities to tie or take the lead San José State never made the play to get fully over the hump and fell to the Falcons, 85-79.
WELAGE LEADS THE SPARTANS AGAIN
For the fifth time in six games Ryan Welage led the Spartans in scoring when he scored 23 points against Bowling Green. It is the fourth 20-point game of the season for Welage who became the top per-game scorer in the Mountain West (20.2) after his effort. The junior from Greensburg, Ind., made five threes in the game which matched his total for the season coming into the contest. It also matched his career high.
CHASTAIN GOES FOR A DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN FIRST START
Spartan big-man Ashtin Chastain recorded a double-double against Bowling Green
including career-highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds. It was the first start of his Spartan career and he got the double-double despite seeing just 16 minutes on the floor. The center shot a career-high 11 free throws, making six of them.
FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME
San José State had five players finish in double-figure scoring against Bowling Green, making it the first time that happened against a Division I opponent since Dec. 4, 2010 against UC Irvine. Welage led the way with 23 followed by Nai Carlisle and Noah Baumann with 13 points, Oumar Barry with 13 points and Ashtin Chastain with 10 points. The marks for Carlisle, Baumann and Barry are all career highs.
NICE GAME FOR CARLISLE
Freshman guard Nai Carlisle only has three collegiate games under his belt, but he played like a veteran against Bowling Green. He came away with a career-high 13 points on 4-of-7 shooting, had five assists and zero turnovers in 34 minutes of work. Carlisle has seen an increase in playing time in each of the last three games starting at six minutes against #21-Saint Mary's, then 22 minutes in the win over Idaho State before the effort at Bowling Green.
SPARTANS PICK UP WIN OVER IDAHO STATE
The Spartans went riding into the holiday weekend on a 62-54 win over Idaho State at home. Guard Isaiah Nichols carried San José State in the win by hitting 4-of-5 shots from downtown on the way to a career-high 14 points. The team's leading rebounder grabbed seven boards and also had three assists. Midwest natives Jaycee Hillsman and Ryan Welage pitched in with 15 points and 10 points respectively. The Spartans picked up the win despite turning the ball over 20 times.
BATTLING THE TURNOVERS
San José State has turned the ball over 20 or more times in three games this season. They Spartans have committed at least 15 turnovers in six out of seven games. Last time out against Southern Illinois, SJSU turned it over 20 times, however the Salukis managed only 12 points off of their takeaways. The Spartans will try to get back to what they did against #21-Saint Mary's wen they had a season-low nine turnovers.
CLOSE GAME WITH #21-SAINT MARY'S ENDS WITH 79-61 LOSS
San José State stayed within single-digits of #21-Saint Mary's for most of the first half. Ryan Welage scored on consecutive possessions to make it a one-point game with 13:33 left in the first. Noah Baumann's layup with 3:36 to go in the opening period kept the Spartans within seven, 35-28, but a last-second shot for the Gaels gave them a 10-point edge at halftime. After Saint Mary's built a lead of 18 points during the second half, SJSU got it down to an 11-point game but couldn't get any closer. Five players finished in double figures for the Gaels. Welage led the Spartans with 20 points, Keith Fisher scored a new career-high 14 points and Oumar Barry scored 11 points.