Nov. 27, 2017
SJSU Game Notes
MEN'S BASKETBALL ROAD TRIP BEGINS AT BOWLING GREEN
The San José State men's basketball team is taking off on a three-game road trip lasting nine days and it all starts on Wednesday evening at Bowling Green. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN3. Spartan fans can also tune into KLIV 1590 AM and hear Justin Allegri's play-by-play call.
San José State (2-3) at Bowling Green (5-2)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Stroh Center (4,374)
Bowling Green, OhioLive Streaming (ESPN3)Live Statistics
All-time Series: SJSU leads, 2-0Last Meeting: San José State defeated Bowling Green, 77-76, last year on Dec. 18, 2016Trend: A win for the Spartans would make it three ina row
SPARTANS PICK UP WIN OVER IDAHO STATE
The Spartans went riding into the holiday weekend on a 62-54 win over Idaho State at home. Guard Isaiah Nichols carried San José State in the win by hitting 4-of-5 shots from downtown on the way to a career-high 14 points. The team's leading rebounder grabbed seven boards and also had three assists. Midwest natives Jaycee Hillsman and Ryan Welage pitched in with 15 points and 10 points respectively. The Spartans picked up the win despite turning the ball over 20 times.
San José State has four players on the roster that call the Midwest home. Leading scorer Ryan Welage (19.6 ppg) will be looking forward to playing just a few hundred miles away from his hometown of Greensburg, Ind., and so will freshman point guard Nai Carlisle who calls West Lafayette, Ind., home. Senior guard Jalen James of Chicago and junior guard Jaycee Hillsman of Champaign, Ill., are also looking forward to playing in front of family during the trip.
INSIDE THE ROAD TRIP
The game at Bowling Green is just the beginning of a road trip covering more than 4,600 miles during a span of nine days. After the game against the Falcons, SJSU heads to Carbondale, Ill., for a Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge bout with Southern Illinois on Dec. 2. Then the team stops at Denver University for a contest on Dec. 5 before heading home the following day.
ROAD TRIP MINI SERIES
Keep an eye out for alerts on Twitter (@SJSUMBB) about a three-episode mini series that documents the Spartans' nine-day road trip. By following the team on social media fans will get an inside look at day-to-day activities throughout the trip, and links will be provided to the three short episodes summarizing the experience. The men's basketball team is also active on Instagram (@SpartanMensHoops).
LAST MEETING WITH BOWLING GREEN
Last year's meeting with the Falcons came down to the last second when SJSU's Brandon Clarke made a tip-in with 1.2 second remaining to win the game, 77-76. It was a true game of runs as BGSU began the game on a 13-3 spurt, but SJSU closed the first half by scoring 20 straight points. The Falcons regained the lead after a 15-4 rally in the second half. A layup with eight seconds remaining gave BGSU its last lead of the game, and Clarke ended it with a tip-in off of Jalen James' missed jumper. Ryan Welage scored 14 points for the Spartans.
WELAGE TAKES OVER ON OFFENSIVE END
Junior forward Ryan Welage is averaging 19.6 points per game to lead the Spartans and the mark stands third in the Mountain West at the beginning of the week. The career 43.2 percent shooter is scoring efficiently too, hitting 54.0 percent (34-63) of his shots through the first five games. With less than 200 points to go Welage is well on his way to becoming the 15th player at San José State to reach the 1,000 career-points plateau.
RARE KIND OF NIGHT FOR WELAGE
For just the second time in his career against a Division I opponent (62 games) Ryan Welage did not attempt a 3-pointer in SJSU's most recent win over Idaho State. The only other time was last year on Dec. 7 at Montana. Throughout his first two seasons Welage averaged nearly 4.5 three-point attempts per game, but this year he has taken only eight shots from beyond the arc in five contests.
STILL UNDEFEATED ON THE GLASS
San José State has yet to lose in the rebounding department through five games this season. The Spartans out-rebounded Idaho State 44-30 in last Wednesday's game. The closests battle so far was a 29-29 tie on the boards with #21-Saint Mary's. Heading into Wednesday's game SJSU is averaging 40.0 rebounds per game compared to 29.2 for the opponents.
A GUARD LEADS SJSU IN REBOUNDING
Sophomore guard Isaiah Nichols is the team's leading per-game rebounder at 7.6, and he's doing it primarily from the point guard position. The mark is good for eighth in the Mountain West at the beginning of the week. The next-closest Spartan in the rebounding column is forward Ryan Welage at 4.6 boards per game.
BATTLING THE TURNOVERS
San José State picked up a win over Idaho State despite truning the ball over 20 times. It's the second time in three games that SJSU has turned it over 20 or more times, and the team averages 16.6 turnovers per game this year. Sandwiched in between the two games with 20+ turnovers, the Spartans has a season-low nine turnovers against the formerly #21-ranked Saint Mary's Gaels.
CLOSE GAME WITH #21-SAINT MARY'S ENDS WITH 79-61 LOSS
San José State stayed within single-digits of #21-Saint Mary's for most of the first half. Ryan Welage scored on consecutive possessions to make it a one-point game with 13:33 left in the first. Noah Baumann's layup with 3:36 to go in the opening period kept the Spartans within seven, 35-28, but a last-second shot for the Gaels gave them a 10-point edge at halftime. After Saint Mary's built a lead of 18 points during the second half, SJSU got it down to an 11-point game but couldn't get any closer. Five players finished in double figures for the Gaels. Welage led the Spartans with 20 points, Keith Fisher scored a new career-high 14 points and Oumar Barry scored 11 points.