In reference to the 78-66 San Jose State University victory over Fresno State tonight, it's not quite but let's still call it AO versus KO for literary purposes
That's Adrian Oliver versus Kevin Olekaibe.
AO put together a line of 25 points (five of seven on treys), 10 boards and eight assists. KO, just a freshman, netted 29 markers.
But Oliver had much more help tonight than Olekaibe. Example: nobody other than the latter was able to nail a trey for the Bulldogs. 6-foot-10 Greg Smith was negated in the paint for the most part (just 10 points) and wing Tim Steed just couldn't get started.
Will Carter came back from a disappearance against Utah State with a strong double-double consisting of 11 points and 12 boards. Calvin Douglas was dialed in, sinking 4-6 three-point attempts.(6-10 overall) and finishing with 18 points. Justin Graham added 16 points and seven assists.
SJSU jumped out to an early lead. It was 31-16 at the 7:07 mark. At that point, the Spartans were shooting 60%, 5-6 on trey attempts. In contrast, Fresno State was 1-8 from long distance.
In the second half, an Oliver trey made it 53-34 with 17:45 showing.
But a Tyler Johnson dribble-drive basket made it 59-49 with 13:20 on the clock.
However, a Graham three from the left side upped it to 68-54 and the Spartans maintained enough of a margin to keep matters comfortable.
On the night, SJSU shot 46%, going 10-18 on three-pointers. The Bulldogs tallied a 35% shooting number overall, a paltry 6-28 from long distance.
It was 46-32 at the half. Oliver had 18 points after the initial 20 minutes, with Graham contributing eight.