Wednesday, November 30, 2016

We'll gladly take it

Geoff Grammer: "Mountain West hoops true road game records: 

• San Jose State: 2-1
• Rest of league: 3-8

Looks like Spartans are carrying the league."

Yes, last night was ugly but basketball ain't a beauty contest.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Make it two in a row ... on the road

After taking down Washington State in Pullman, San Jose State University continued its road trek to across the border and downed Idaho on Tuesday 58-49. The Spartans won both 20-minute sessions 30-26 and 28-23.

Sophomore frontliner Ryan Welage didn't shoot well -- 1-10 from beyond the arc -- but he led with 15 points and his seven boards matched the total of Brandon Clarke. Jaycee Hillsman enjoyed a perfect shooting night at 3-3 from the floor and 5-5 at the foul line.

Call it a night of inelegant accuracy as Idaho shot 33% overall to San Jose's 31%.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

SJSU wins 88-76 over Washington State

The Spartans won 88-76, on the road and against a Pac-12 team -- quite the trifecta. Ryan Welage led with 20 points as well as 11 boards, Brandon Clarke posted his own double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds and Gary Williams Jr. enjoyed 12 points and seven boards. Powered by 8-8 shooting at the foul line, Jaycee Hillsman tallied 14 points.

The Washington Square guys shot 46% overall to WSU's 37%, earned 31 free throw attempts and out-rebounded The Palouse crew 50-39.

What a unique numerical scoring situation: 44 points apiece for the Spartans to 38 each half for the Cougars. The largest SJSU lead was 16 points.


Friday, November 25, 2016

'We' is bigger than 'me'

"Rashad Muhammad kicked off UM basketball team"

Rashad Muhammad has now totally screwed himself (sorry for the graphic image those words present). He gets to a rising program, one expected to do very well this season and could not handle that opportunity for team and individual success. He will now probably have to head to DII in order to restore his remaining eligibility which may just be what he needs as a wakeup call.

The Miami roster has quite capable wings and guards, including some freshman so Muhammad's absence will not be noted on the court.

The moderator of the CanesInSight hoops MB wrote: "This had nothing to do with on the court."

If memory serves me well (and it doesn't always), his earlier recruitment came down to SJSU and Utah State. That was telling right then and there but we were giddily blinded.

May he get his life together and succeed off the court first. Basketball isn't so important right now.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

St. Mary's 81, SJSU 64

In Moraga on Tuesday, St. Mary's handled San Jose State University 81-64 after leading by just three at halftime. It was mostly a frontcourt night for the Spartans as sophomore Ryan Welage totaled 17 points and six boards while fellow soph Brandon Clarke finished with 14. Yet another second-year player, wing Jaycee Hillsman, contributed 16 points and also six rebounds. SJSU shot 43.6% as a team.

Jock Landale continued his torrid shooting for the Gaels, going 9-10 overall on his way to 24 points. As a team, St. Mary's was accurate on 55.6% of its shooting attempts.

Jeff Faraudo game reports.


Monday, November 21, 2016

A Frank Rogers update

John Devine: "Rogers debuts in D-League >> Former Salinas High standout Frank Rogers made his Developmental League debut for the Greensboro Swarm, hitting his first two field goal attempts as a professional basketball player, finishing with six points in eight minutes of play.

The 6-foot-9 Rogers, a former Player of the Year at Salinas High, spent his final collegiate season at San Jose State last year, leading the team in scoring and finishing among the leaders in rebounds.

Greensboro is affiliated with the Charlotte Hornets."

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Denver 74, SJSU 69

In a mix of conflicting statistics, Denver edged San Jose State University 74-69 in the ultimate category. Brandon Clarke was big again with 13 points and 10 rebounds, Jalen James also scored 13 and Ryan Welage tallied 11 (3-5 from long distance). The Washington Square crew had a chance at the end but repeated turnovers negated the opportunity.

About the numbers: The visitors shot a blazing 56% to 40.3 for the Spartans. But the Pioneers also committed 21 turnovers versus 13 and won the boards battle 36-26, that figure aided by SJSU's poor shooting.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What did work would be a much shorter list

From a long time fan dripping after last night's Portland game:

"The debut of the 2016/17 Spartans was, in a word, horrible. The team underperformed in all aspects of team basketball, it was a group of guys all standing back and watching the “Brandon Clarke show”.  In addition to a pathetic athletic performance on the floor, the Event Center arena proved even worse. The building was hot with fans all improvising with methods of wiping the sweat off their brows, the shot clocks intermittently did not work, and those in attendance were treated to horrible music drummed into their heads at decibels fit for a concert. This athletic administration again proved that their planning and management of simple game-day details are beyond their capabilities. The entire evening was truly an embarrassment in all respects!"

Beyond the awful physical experience, this makes it sound like Thursday's matchup with Denver, as silly as it sounds so early this season, is a must win in order to not lose even some of the mainstay fans. The Pioneers fell at home 92-84 to Jacksonville on Saturday as the Dolphins went to the foul line 41 times and grabbed 11 steals in the game. For MWC comparison's sake, Jacksonville fell on Monday to Air Force 86-68.

Portland 79, SJSU 66

A 47-31 second half provided Portland the victory against San Jose State University on Tuesday night. Sophomore Brandon Clarke exploded for 28 points but required an inefficient 26 shots to reach that amount. He added 10 rebounds for a double-double and also rejected five Pilot shot attempts. The other statistical highlight was freshman Isaiah Nichols compiling 10 assists versus just a pair of turnovers.

The Spartans shot 36.2%, 37.5% and 58.3% respectively, earning just 12 free throw attempts. Portland shot 50%, 38.9% and 92.3% -- the latter on 13 shots from the foul line.

Jaycee Hillsman went scoreless in 20 minutes and SJSU received no plus statistical efforts from the bench as Terrell Brown was below his previous contributions.

The Pilot game report.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Spartans annoint WCB 109-70

San Jose State University hosted West Coast Baptist College on Saturday afternoon and led 61-35 after 20 minutes before finishing out with a 109-70 triumph.

Seven Spartans scored in double figures: E.J. Boyce led with 20 points, Terrell Brown enjoyed 14, Jalen James 13, 12 apiece from Jaycee Hillsman and Ryan Welage as well as 10 from both Brandon Clarke and Isaiah Nichols.

The Eagles, or at least some of them, didn't get the message that Boyce is foremost an outside threat as he shot 6-12 from beyond the arc. Brown shot 4-8 overall plus 5-6 at the foul line. Hillsman carried over his sharp shooting with 4-7 from the floor as well as 4-4 from the charity stripe.

Not being factors were Ryan Singer and Cody Schwartz. The former shot 1-5 with three turnovers while the latter went 0-5 with a trio of miscues in 13 and 11 minutes respectively.


Monday, November 7, 2016

The D1 prospect who almost wasn't

From Gregg Rosenberg/Arizona Varsity on Spartan commit Noah Baumann out of Desert Vista High in Phoenix who will be signing this week:

"Noah is a hair under 6-foot-5 and around 200 pounds, he grew from around 6-foot-2 and a half to near 6-foot-5 in the last year or so. He is one of the top stand still shooters on the West Coast and also has a point guard background and plays club ball on and off the ball. Noah can create off the dribble but he'll most likely be a catch and shoot or 1-2 dribble pull-up type of college player. He has good length and court vision and he can find open teammates plus use his length well in the passing lanes for defense.

The crazy thing is he has never started a game on varsity yet! Honestly just bad luck. When he finally was going to get his chance (last year)--he got injured. He played a little at the end of the year but was slowly getting back and wasn't truly a factor.

When April rolled around in the Live Period--he came out firing! He hit 15 3's in one weekend and all of a sudden was the talk of the town. Noah continued on that tear of shooting in high school June ball and the July live periods.

He has the luxury of playing off of point guard stand out Saben Lee--a Vandy commit. Lee gave him the open looks he needed and he cashed it in with some monster games vs higher tier talent."

What's fascinating is that Baumann had an incredible game against Jake Wojcik's AAU team down in an April tournament in Anaheim, even with Lee injured and not playing. That was the moment the Spartans as well as a number of other teams 'discovered' him.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

SJSU 96, Cal State East Bay 80

Host San Jose State University and Cal State East Bay paired off on Sunday wth the Spartans emerging a 16-point victor. Sophomore forward Ryan Welage led with 22 points buttressed by shooting 4-8 from long distance, Sophomore guard Jaycee Hillman used his 9-9 accuracy at the foul line to finish with 16 points and Isaac Thornton tallied 15.

Three Pioneers scored 20 points apiece: guards Drew Bender and Duce (Tracy High) Asah as well as forward Micah Dunhour.

A 51-31 first half put the game away for the Spartans who went a doubly amazing 36-40 from the foul line. But 21 turnovers, almost all associated with the SJSU backcourt, prevented the game from having a larger point differential.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Following up on Rashad Muhammad

We actually wish Rashad Muhammad well despite his departure from San Jose State University. In coming across a recent Miami game (a 73-62 exhibition win over Barry--no, the Hurricane did not play against a team President Obama rounded up), Muhammad played seven minutes and grabbed a defensive board. No shot attempts.

He will have one more year of eligibility after this one.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

SJSU 101, Pacific Union 64

Host San Jose State University expanded a 41-27 halftime lead to an eventual 101-64 victory over Pacific Union last night. Freshman Terrell (Moreau Catholic High) Brown went for 13 points in his initial college action for the Spartans and teammates Jaycee Hillsman and Brandon Clarke also totaled 13. Isaiah Nichols was the top producer with 12 points, six boards and five assists. He buried both of his three-point attempts.

LeRoy (Lassen College) Anderson paced Pacific Union with both 17 points plus nine boards while teammate Rae (Napa Valley College) Hubbard provided 13 points.

game report and box