Thursday, November 6, 2008

Spartans win easily

It came as no surprise. San Jose State almost reached the century mark in points scored as the Spartans won going away 95-50 in an exhibition game tonight against the Menlo College Oaks. Menlo was minus three starters and size-challenged even if the trio had been available.

So what can be taken from tonight? Maybe the best item is that there were no apparent injuries. Too many SJSU turnovers occurred but it was the first game of the season and such certainly was a factor.

DeVonte Thomas led the way with a double-double of 17 points and 11 boards in 27 minutes. C.J. Webster joined him with 13 and 10 respectively and Justin Graham made it a threesome with 10 points and an equal number of assists. Graham also garnered 7 rebounds and led the way with three blocked shots. Mac Peterson contributed six assists with zero turnovers.

The Spartans led 48-27 at the half. Three Tim Pierce treys aided the cause as did a very active Thomas. SJSU led 18-12 with 10:58 remaining and then went on a points run in the remainder of the first half to put the game on ice.

Coach George Nessman sent out this starting five: C.J. Webster, Chris Oakes, Tim Pierce, DaShawn Wright and Justin Graham.

Next Friday, the Spartans begin a road trip at South Dakota State in Brookings followed two days later in Lincoln with a matchup against Nebraska.

*** Ollie Caballero remains sidelined with back woes -- his return date is unknown.

*** The matchups in the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic tourney hosted by St. Mary's on December 27 and 28 have become available. San Jose State will face powerful St. Mary's at 7:30 on the 27th and either Morgan State or William Jessup at 5:00 on the 28th -- a hat tip to MartyS for sending this along. St. Mary's is ranked 19th in the nation per the Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook.

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