Spartans Travel To Portland To Face Pilots

Dec. 7, 2017

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SPARTANS TRAVEL TO PORTLAND TO FACE PILOTS
The Spartans returned to San Jose after their three-game road trip to the Midwest, but are heading right back to the airport on Friday for a trip to Portland. San José State takes on the University of Portland on Saturday with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. (PT) on TheW.tv. As always fans can tune their radios to KLIV 1590 AM and hear the home broadcast with Justin Allegri's play-by-play call.
 
GAME #9
San José State (2-6) at Portland (3-6)
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Chiles Center (4,852)
Portland, Ore.
 
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
 
Series: SJSU leads, 11-10
Last Meeting: Portland beat SJSU, 79-66, inside the Event Center on Nov. 15, 2016
Trend: Portland has won four of the last five matchups
 
 
LAST MEETING WITH PORTLAND
The Pilots beat the Spartans 79-66 inside The Event Center last year on Nov. 15, 2016. San José State got a game-high 28 points from Brandon Clarke while Portland's Gabe Taylor scored 24 points and Alec Wintering scored 20 points.
 
SERIES HISTORY WITH PORTLAND
Saturday's game will be the 22nd meeting between the Spartans and Pilots. SJSU owns an 11-10 edge in the all-time series, but four of the last five games have gone to Portland. San José State's last win against Portland came on Nov. 11, 2005 in Lubbock, Texas at the Coaches Versus Cancer Classic Tournament. SJSU's last victory in Portland came on Dec. 14, 1996 - a 92-88 win in double-overtime.
 
SAN JOSÉ STATE-PORTLAND CONNECTIONS
SJSU head women's soccer coach Lauren Hanson won an NCAA College Cup with the University of Portland as a player in 2002, and as an assistant coach in 2005. Assistant women's soccer coach Rob Baarts spent 12 seasons as an assistant soccer coach for the Pilots after a four-year playing career there.
 
SJSU AGAINST THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
The Spartans are 194-251 (.436) all-time against current West Coast Conference (WCC) schools. Portland is one of three WCC teams that SJSU holds an all-time series advantage (11-10) over along with Gonzaga (5-3) and Loyola Marymount (25-18).
 
COLD STREAK IN FINAL SECONDS SINKS SPARTANS AT DENVER
San José State staged a 20-point comeback at Denver and tied the game twice within the last five minutes. However it was the last 34 seconds which sank SJSU in the 58-56 loss. The Spartans took three shots during that span that would have tied the game and another which would have put them in the lead, but none of those shots found the bottom of the net. Meanwhile, Denver didn't make a single basket in the final 4:01 but made just enough free throws to put the Spartans away.
 
SPARTANS GO WINLESS ON LONG ROAD TRIP
San José State was unable to pick up a win on its nine-day road trip with visits to Bowling Green, Southern Illinois and Denver. The final game of the trip came down to the buzzer when Ryan Welage's potential game-tying jumper fell short and SJSU lost 58-56. Slow starts hurt the Spartans in all three games. They trailed by as many as 20 in the first half at Denver and fell into a 19-2 hole to start the Bowling Green game. Despite serious comeback efforts in the second halves of those two games, SJSU was unable to pull out a win. The Spartans never led in the 76-58 loss at Southern Illinois.
 
SECOND HALF SPARTANS
Something the Spartans have done nearly all year long is play much better in the second half of games. The team is averaging 40.5 points in the second half compared to 27.8 in the first 20 minutes. It was a dismal start at Bowling Green, but a 16-0 run - the longest scoring run of the year - gave San José State a chance to win in the last few minutes. The run got SJSU within two points, but no closer. Bowling Green hit enough free throws in the final minutes to hold off the Spartans, 85-79. After trailing by 20 in the first half at Denver, SJSU stormed back and actually tied the game twice in the last five minutes. The defensed clamped down on Denver, allowing just four made baskets in the final 20 minutes. A potential game-tying shot by Ryan Welage at the final horn fell short and the Pioneers won it, 58-56.

CARLISLE EMERGING AS SJSU'S LEAD PG
San José State's redshirt freshman Nai Carlisle logged the most minutes per game (31.1) of anyone on the team during the recent three-game road trip. During that span the point guard averaged 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. While only making 44.4 percent (8-of-18) of his shots from the field, many of them helped facilitate major second-half comebacks. He has also proven to be an excellent free throw shooter, making 13-of-13 during the trip which brings his season percentage to 94.1 percent.

SPARTANS TAKE PRIDE IN REBOUNDING

San José State was beaten on the boards for the first time this season against Southern Illinois when the Salukis edged the Spartans, 30-28. Heading into Saturday's game at Portland San José State owns a +8.9 rebounding margin over its opponents which ranks 26th in the country. 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR DECEMBER 17
Sunday, December 17, is San José State's next home game with a 3:00 p.m. (PT) tipoff against South Dakota. It will have been nearly a month since the Spartans played inside The Event Center and the team won't play at home again until Dec. 30. That means it is the only home game in a span of 38 days for your Spartans. So call the ticket office today at 408-924-7589 or log onto the Spartan Ticket Office website to purchase tickets online.