Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Spartans down the Dons 74-64

San Jose State kept pocketing the trey ball in the first 20 minutes, leading USF 40-23. The largest Spartan point differential reached 21 points. But the Dons' second-half zone defense bothered SJSU and Rex Walters' squad crept to within six at one point and eight on multiple occasions but couldn't get any closer, falling 74-64 tonight at Walt McPherson Court.

Adrian Oliver led the way with 25 points and Justin Graham was next on the scoring chart with 18, including a trio of three-pointers. Wil Carter contributed a double-double of 12 points and 11 boards and another newcomer, Calvin Douglas, totaled 11 points, aided by a trifecta of treys.

Threes advanced the lead in the first half and also kept USF at bay in the second 20 minutes. For the game, San Jose State went 11-26 from long distance

SJSU shot 37% overall for the game -- USF finished at 40%. The Spartans made 19-22 free throw attempts, USF 9-18.

This was the second straight contest with single digit turnovers for SJSU -- just seven after garnering nine against Eastern Washington.

Matt Ballard and Wil Carter fouled out but the senior leadership maintained the equilibrium.

A leg cramp momentarily exited Oliver from second half action but his quick return calmed the hearts, minds and stomachs of Spartan fans and shut down the burgeoning sales of Maalox.

Also, San Jose State wore its new gray uniforms, adding a third selection to the gold and the blue outfittings.

Coach George Nessman again started Matt Ballard, Wil Carter, Keith Shamburger, Adrian Oliver and Justin Graham.

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