Spartans End Non-Conference Play At Santa Clara

Dec. 19, 2017

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SPARTANS END NON-CONFERENCE AT SANTA CLARA
The San José Sate men's basketball team will head across town to face the Santa Clara Broncos on Thursday night for a 7:00 p.m. (PT) tip on TheW.tv. Both teams will be looking to end a losing streak in their non-conference finales. Tickets for the game are available via santaclarabroncos.com and as always Spartan fans can listen to Justin Allegri's play-by-play call on KLIV 1590 AM with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m.
 
GAME #11
San José State (2-8) at Santa Clara (3-8)
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Leavey Center (4,700)
Santa Clara, Calif.
 
Live streaming: TheW.tv
Radio: KLIV 1590 AM
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
 
Series: Santa Clara leads, 79-30
Last Meeting: San José State beat Santa Clara inside The Event Center, 55-40, on Dec. 3, 2016
Trend: Last year's win snapped a six-game losing streak to Santa Clara
 
HISTORY WITH SANTA CLARA
Santa Clara and San José State have been playing each other for more than a century with the first meeting happening on March 16, 1910. History in this series is not on the side of the Spartans as the Broncos own a commanding 79-30 lead. Last year's victory for SJSU snapped a six-game losing streak to Santa Clara and it was the first home win over the Broncos since 1996. A win for San José State on Thursday would make it back-to-back wins over Santa Clara for the first time since the victories on December 19, 1985 and December 16, 1986. It would be the first win at Santa Clara since 2009.
 
LAST MEETING WITH SANTA CLARA
San José State picked up its third straight win when it beat Santa Clara last season on December 3, 55-40. Defense was the key to victory as SJSU held the Broncos to 13-of-46 shooting and limited their leading scorer Jared Brownridge to just 11 points. The Spartans used an 18-0 run in the second half to pull away for good. Matt Hauser, one of this year's leaders for SCU, scored a team-high 14 points. Isaiah Nichols and Ryan Welage each scored 12 points to lead the Spartans.
 
BOTH TEAMS LOOK TO END A SLIDE
Santa Clara dropped its third straight game on Monday night at home to Valparaiso, 76-68. The Broncos were beaten at home by Portland State and on the road at USC to begin the slide. The last win for Santa Clara was against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on December 2. The Spartans are aiming to end a five-game losing streak which spans nearly a month. SJSU's last win was at home against Idaho State on Nov. 22.
 
SJSU AGAINST THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE
The Spartans are 194-252 (.436) all-time and 0-3 this season against current West Coast Conference (WCC) schools. SJSU has suffered losses to San Diego, Saint Mary's and Portland this season.
 
TWO DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO THREE-POINT LAND
One of the widest gaps in team statistics between San José State and Santa Clara is three-point shooting. The Spartans are ranked 342 of 351 at 4.9 made 3-pointers per game while Santa Clara averages 9.0 makes from downtown ranking 73rd in the country. The Broncos have shot 120 more threes this season than the Spartans.
 
Brandon Mitchell SHINES IN HIS RETURN
It wasn't clear how many minutes Brandon Mitchell would see - if any at all - in his first game back with the team after playing football this fall. But Mitchell made a splash with a career-high 17 points on perfect 6-of-6 shooting in 23 minutes of action. His spark helped the Spartans take a 37-33 lead into the halftime locker room against South Dakota. While the Spartans didn't pull out the win, Mitchell proved that he is back and ready to contribute. The three-year men's basketball letterman (2013-15, 2016-17) also grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots.
 
MITCHELL BECOMES 10TH SPARTAN TO HIT DOUBLE-FIGURES
With Brandon Mitchell's 17-point performance on Sunday he became the 10th Spartan to end a game in double-figure scoring this season. That's tied for fourth-most in the country and only 26 teams in the country have had 10 or more players finish a game in double-figure scoring.
 
FISHER BOOSTS REBOUNDING NUMBERS
Keith Fisher III has been finding his way to more and more rebounds as the season goes on. He's averaging 7.6 boards over the last five games, nearly two more per game than his season average of 5.7. He grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds on the road at Bowling Green (11/29) and has come down with at least seven boards in three of the last four games. His efforts have helped the Spartans maintain the country's 28th-highest rebounding margin of +8.0.
 
SPARTANS BEGIN MW PLAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
After the Santa Clara game the Mountain West season will officially be underway. The Spartans begin the conference slate at Utah State on Dec. 27 before returning home to take on Colorado State on Dec. 30. Both games will be shown live on the Mountain West Network and tickets for Saturday, Dec. 30, are available at the Spartan Ticket Office.