Eric Walton added 12 points and 13 rebounds to record his first double-double as the Spartans won their first game of the season.
San Jose (1-1) out rebounded UC Santa Cruz (0-3) 49-23 to control the game.
San Jose State shot 55.2 percent from the field against the Division III Banana Slugs. UC Santa Cruz dropped to 0 fer on the season.
UC Santa Cruz shot 27.6 from the field and SJS out-rebounded the Banana Slugs, 49-23.
The Spartans used a run of 17-3 in the first half and a 15-12 in the second to completely dominate the smaller Slugs.
The lone bright spots for the Slugs were Matt Robles and Minas Be-Emnet, who lead the Banana Slugs with 14 points.
Also scoring in double figures for San Jose State were Aaron Watson with 14 and Brett Lilly with 12.
San Jose State led UC Santa Cruz, 43-24 at halftime. Robles lead all scorers at the half with 12 points.
"We needed this game in a lot of ways. We needed to work on ourselves. We didn't prepare for the opposition. We really want to zero in on ourselves," said San Jose State coach Phil Johnson about his team that presently includes five newcomers. "We've got a lot of new guys. We want to preach a work ethic, accountability and playing honorably.
"Most teams are addressing their second and third offense by now. We're just addressing fundamentals. All we have in are a base offense and a base defense."
"I'm focusing more on rebounding. I'm not focusing on scoring. Rebounding is my number-one priority," said Walton, who has 23 rebounds in the first two games. "Last year, I was hurt early. I've settled down and got a feel for the game. This year, my focus is more on rebounding the ball."
``It's great to work hard against the D-III team you know is going to be working hard against you,'' Walton said. ``We could work on our stuff. It didn't matter that I didn't get to play a lot in the second half. We've got guys on the bench who can play, also.''
Santa Cruz Coach Gordon Johnsons quotes:
"They have a lot of guys who are 6-foot-6 who are athletes,".
``It helps get us ready for D-III,'' he also said. ``We were looking for our kids to grow against bigger and quicker D-I players. San Jose has some good athletes.''
SJSU new comer ready to play:
The Spartans will get another transfer when guard Kyle Wilson from Massachusetts becomes eligible after four more games under NCAA rules.
Wilson will have to miss Saturday's game at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Tip off is at 7PM in SLO-Town!
Spartan Women lose to CAL:
Cal 90, San Jose State 67
Nihan Anaz scored 19 points as the Golden Bears (2-0) rolled past the Spartans (1-1) at Haas Pavilion.
Cal shot 57 percent from the field, and the Bears got double-digit scoring from Leigh Gregory (18) and Kristin Iwanaga (11).
Cricket Williams had 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds for San Jose State, and Jessica Kellogg had a career-high 18 points.