Bakersfield, Calif. – San José State surrendered a 12-point lead in the final 2:40 of regulation and jumped out to a six-point lead in the first 1:30 of overtime, but couldn’t make it stand up and lost to the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners 90-88 in overtime.
Seemingly in command in the fourth period, the Spartans built a game-high 12-point lead on a Rachol West three from the corner with 2:40 to go in regulation and it looked like the Spartans would pick up their first road win of the year, but then the wheels came off.
The Spartans had seven possessions down the stretch and turned the ball over five times and were only able to put up two shots. Bakersfield (1-2) made SJSU pay with each mistake. And when Batabe Zempare, who led all scorers with 24 points, got an offensive rebound and the put back with eight seconds to go, the game was tied 72-72 and headed for overtime.
The Spartans opened the overtime with a 9-to-3 run to lead 81-75 and following a pair of Aniya Baker free throws had an 83-77 advantage with 2:41 left. But a three-point play and layup on the next two possessions made it a one-point game.
Nyre Harris, who finished with 17 points, hit a three to push it back to a four-point lead at the 1:48 mark, but by the 22-second mark, that advantage had been erased and a pair of Zempare free throws and Bakersfield was up 87-86.
Down the stretch the team’s traded free throws and with an Alyssa Shannon make with seven seconds to go the Spartans fate was sealed. Aniya Baker hoisted a desperation three with two seconds to play, but is fell shots and the Spartans lost 90-88.
Neither team shot the ball well. The Spartans hit just 32.6 percent (28-for-86) while Bakersfield was 31-for-87 (35.6 percent). San José State won the battle of the boards 63-to-60, but were outscored 28-17 in second chance points.
San José State heads back on the road next week. On Friday they will be in Pullman, Wash., to play the Washington State Cougars. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
San Jose State vs CSU Bakersfield
11/22/15 1:05 p.m. at Bakersfield, CA (Icardo Center)
At Bakersfield, CA (Icardo Center)
CSU BAKERSFIELD 90, SAN JOSE STATE 88
SAN JOSE STATE (1-2)
0-0 0. Totals 28-86 22-29 88.
CSU BAKERSFIELD (1-2)
Zempare, Batabe 9-17 6-7 24; Gilbert, Alexxus 5-9 5-6 15; Williams, Erika
4-14 4-5 13; Walters, Addi 4-17 2-2 12; Vines, Dajy 4-10 0-0 11; Shannon,
Alyssa 2-6 2-4 6; Carter, Tylinn 1-4 0-0 3; Carmon, Airica 1-3 0-0 2;
Kleist, Keri 1-3 0-1 2; Fears, Jerice 0-0 1-2 1; Sims, Brittany 0-1 1-2 1;
Ford, Hali 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 31-87 21-29 90.
San Jose State................ 21 18 17 16 16 - 88
CSU Bakersfield............... 20 15 17 20 18 - 90
Bakersfield 7-30 (Vines, Dajy 3-6; Walters, Addi 2-13; Carter, Tylinn 1-1;
Williams, Erika 1-7; Carmon, Airica 0-2; Shannon, Alyssa 0-1). Fouled
out--San Jose State-BAIRD, Paris; Ramos, Dezz, CSU Bakersfield-None.
Rebounds--San Jose State 63 (Smith, Jasmine 13), CSU Bakersfield 60
(Zempare, Batabe 22). Assists--San Jose State 16 (Ramos, Dezz 6), CSU
Bakersfield 16 (Williams, Erika 6). Total fouls--San Jose State 27, CSU
Bakersfield 26. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, CSU Bakersfield-None.