Saturday, December 18, 2010

Spartans win 86-70

So physical at times some thought they had stumbled into a mixed martial arts event plus with more starts and stops than a beater sporting a sand clogged fuel injecter, the matchup between San Jose State and Seattle concluded minus any tap outs but an 86-70 Spartan victory.

It was the fourth road success so far this season for SJSU, now 7-3.

Justin Graham and Keith Shamburger paced the Spartan point production with 24 and 22 points apiece. Adrian Oliver, Wil Carter and Chris Jones added 13, 12 and 12 respectively. Oliver struggled with his shot all evening going 3-13.

Some basketball games are ballet, or at least offer stretches of such -- not this one. Best described as a grinder, still SJSU had this one in the books early on in the second half even though the Redhawks never lowered their intensity.

Frontcourter Alex Jones, battling foul trouble primarily caused by his illegal movement on screens, led Seattle with 21 points. On recollection, none of his fouls were as a result of him defending his matchup.

At the half, it was 45-34 San Jose State, behind 17 points from Graham. The Redhawks hung tough on the scoreboard for a while but San Jose State kept adding to its lead.

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