Saturday, February 18, 2017

SJSU 83, Air Force 78 OT

It was the tale of two halves on Saturday in Silicon Valley as Air Force jumped out to a 41-28 lead after 20 minutes but San Jose State University took period two by a 42-29 margin and also the overtime period 13-8 to win 83-78.

Brandon Clarke bounced back with an all-around game of 22 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots. Isaac Thornton totaled 17 points powered by shooting 8-8 at the foul line and Brandon Mitchell played well with 12 points and five boards.

The Falcons had no physical matchup for Clarke plus an inability to hold on to leads.

"Conference road losing streak hits 20 as Air Force can't hold lead at San Jose State" -- Brent Briggeman


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Spartans fall to Fresno State

A 35-30 San Jose State University halftime lead dissipated as Fresno State won the second 20 minutes 47-24 in Raisinville on Wednesday.

For the Spartans, Ryan Welage led with 19 points and Terrell Brown scored 18. Brandon Clarke was held to four points on eight shot attempts but did contribute 10 boards plus four blocked shots.

Both teams shot 47% but SJSU committed 20 turnovers to 12 for the Bulldogs.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Loved his game-winner against Utah State to get SJSU into the Big Dance in 1996 but...

...methinks Rich Taylor isn't telling the whole truth here. He also has a very interesting post-SJSU history.

"Oklahoma City Thunder fans need to let the Durant hate go" -- Marc J. Spears

An excerpt: "Rich Taylor, a well-known Thunder fan, left all his Durant jerseys on his downtown Oklahoma City doorstep and put a “For Sale Sign” on the lawn on July 4. Taylor also passed out T-shirts for Durant’s return that read, “KowarD,” on the front with a cupcake on the back. The former San Jose State basketball player relentlessly trash-talked with Durant and teammate Draymond Green from his seat behind the Warriors’ bench during the game Feb. 11. After Green and Taylor exchanged words, security had to calm both down. Green said Taylor called Durant the “p-word” as well a “little boy.”

“That guy was disrespectful to us the entire night,” Green said. “Cheer. Heckle. Heckle all you want. But don’t be disrespectful. Calling guys p-words and all this stuff: ‘Get over there, little boy.’ He was disrespectful the entire night …

“This ain’t the ancient times. Slave days are over.”

Taylor says he taunted Durant without cussing or crossing the line and he teased Green about his reputation for kicking during some games. He maintained that he never said anything racist or vulgar during the game and that security would have ejected him if he did.

“I wish I could have cussed out [Green], but one word and they would have tossed me out of the arena,” Taylor told The Undefeated. “The only person that used that kind of language was KD toward me. But [Warriors coach Steve] Kerr said I deserved it for riding [Durant] all game and he was right. As far as anything racial, that’s just a millionaire whose skin I got under a little too easy...”

Clarke name PoW

Brandon Clarke is again the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week.

He will certainly be an all-conference selection -- can he grab Most Valuable Player honors too? Methinks so but only if the Spartans keep winning.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Make it four in a row as freshman Terrell (Moreau Catholic) Brown sank the game-winning shot with 13.5 seconds remaining to propel San Jose State University to a 76-74 victory over UNLV in Sin City on Saturday. A 45-38 second half did the trick for the Spartans.

Four Washington Square players scored in double figures: Jaycee Hillsman led with 16 points, Brandon Clarke scored 13 points alongside seven boards and five blocked shots, Ryan Welage tallied 12 as did Brown.

As a team, SJSU shot 52.8% and 81.3% respectively.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SJSU 76, San Diego St. 71

Brandon Clarke shot 11-15 on the night in scoring a game high 22 points and Terrell Brown added 13 as San Jose State University downed San Diego State University 76-71 on Tuesday.

The Spartans held the Aztecs to 37.3% overall shooting and went to the foul line 26 times versus 21 for Coach Steve Fisher's guys. Coach Dave Wojcik's crew committed but 10 turnovers to 15 for SDSU.

Mark Ziegler game reports.


A turning of the wheel

"A coach’s joy and grief: SJSU’s Wojcik loses dad during team’s breakthrough winning streak" -- Jon Wilner

Saturday, February 4, 2017

SJSU 78, New Mexico 68

New Mexico's best player (Tim Williams) was injured and out of action, let's get that fact out there immediately. But this was the Lobos and in The Pit as San Jose State University surprisingly won by double digits, 78-68, on Saturday.

Ryan Welage was on with his shot and also on the boards as his 20 points and eight rebounds testify. Brandon Clarke and Terrell Brown scored 17 points apiece with Clarke adding four blocked shots.

It was a night of cohesiveness and Coach Dave Wojcik primarily stuck with who was working well together as four Spartans played 30 plus minutes. SJSU shot 54% overall, 7-16 on trey attempts plus 17 for 27 at the foul line.

Conversely, New Mexico earned just 18 free throws and limited guard Elijah Brown to 6-18 accuracy.


Geoff Grammer's game report.

Some tweets from Geoff Grammer, the Lobo beat reporter:

"Talking with @SJSUMBB head coach Dave Wojcik after game today was rough. Emotional week for him. Wore his father's tie in today's game.


"@SJSUMBB locker room erupted louder than I've heard any opposing team after a win in the Pit when Dave Wojcik walked in after game."


SJSU coach Dave Wojcik on passing of father this week: "He was our rock. You never think your rock is going to break, or crack. It broke..."


"Leaving the Pit, Dave Wojcik showed me about 20 voicemails from his dad after past games. "He watched them all. And I'm never deleting them"


"Wojcik (cont.) ... And he's looking over us. He's a guardian angel and I'm very proud to say he's my father."

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A bit of new information

"San Jose State’s Brandon Clarke grows into major role, prepares for UNLV" -- Mark Anderson

SJSU 76, UNLV 72

San Jose State University staged a comeback behind 23 points and 15 rebounds (plus five rejections) from Brandon Clarke and edged visiting UNLV 76-72 on Saturday. Ryan Welage shot 8-14 on his way to 19 points. Terrell Brown started and, although he didn't shoot all that well, tallied 14 points and went to the foul line eight times, sinking six.

The Runnin' Rebels held a 36-27 halftime lead.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Colorado State 81, SJSU 72

Colorado State was a bit better points-wise in each half than San Jose State University and concluded the matchup with an 81-72 victory. As usual sophomore Brandon Clarke enjoyed team-bests with 24 points, 12 boards and four assists. Freshman guard Terrell Brown produced 13 points but required 12 shot attempts to do so.

26 of the Spartan shot attempts were three-pointers and SJSU allowed the Rams to shot 49% overall.

Game report