Saturday, December 4, 2010

Spartans win 85-70

Host UC Irvine started the game like 'this is our crib' or however it would be stated in Orange County but then San Jose State eliminated the turnovers and gained greater shooting accuracy. That made the Anteaters a 2010 taxidermy trophy tonight by the score of 85-70. Putting a 1-11 shooting start and a bevy of early turnovers in the rear view mirror -- fortified the Spartan win.

Justin Graham led the scoring with 21 and Adrian Oliver added 18. Chris Jones totaled a season and career high 15 points, scoring in many a manner from different spots on the floor. Wil Carter put together a double-double of 12 points and the same in rebounds.

The Spartans owned the boards 43-27 and went 26-32 at the foul line but were out-shot on the game 41% to 49%.

A blazing 51-point second half did the job for SJSU. At the 11:56 mark, San Jose State led 50-39. Irvine found itself down by 15 with 10 minutes showing.

At the half, it was 34-27 in favor of the Spartans and Oliver totaled but four points at that time -- on a layup plus a pair of free throws. But it was a tale of disparate puzzle pieces with Irvine breaking out to 5-0 and 13-4 leads and then the Anteater shots began connecting far more often with iron and glass than twine while the opposite was in effect for SJSU.

A Graham and1 three-point play put San Jose State ahead 18-17 and a Spartan 18-4 run concluded with a 22-17 lead at the 5:26 mark. A Chris Jones trey made it a 21-4 run before the Anteaters finally countered.

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