State "Thunders" Tulsa to climbs out of WAC cellar

San Jose State went on to win its second game ever over Tulsa 76 to 69 Thursday night at a rocking events center. Coach Phil Johnson should be pleased with his team now out of the WAC cellar. Donta Watson flashed signs of a break out!

Jan. 28, 2005

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Marquin Chandler scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds, as San Jose State went on to win its second game ever over Tulsa 76 to 69 Thursday night at a rocking events center.

Michael McFadden scored 19 points and Donta Watson finally looked like the kid we have been waiting for all season by popping for 12 points!

The Spartans (5-12, 2-6 Western Athletic Conference), snapped a three game losing streak, and looks to make some momentum the rest of the way.

The victory was the Spartans' first over Tulsa since Jan. 30, 2003, and the Spartans earned some "revenge" for the beatings they had endured by the hands of the golden canes.

Both times these teams faced each other last season, the Golden Hurricane came out on top.

San Jose State trailed by 14 points in the first half before making a 15-2 run including eight points by McFadden, including a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

The Spartans took their first lead early in the second half, and held Tulsa scoreless for nearly four minutes down the stretch. Alex Elam's 3-pointer with 1:50 left gave San Jose State a 69-61 lead.

With 10 seconds remaining, Mike McFadden made two free throws and then stole the ball, making a layup at the buzzer for the win.

You can read about the final minutes on the SpartanThunder.com hoops message board.

Fans whom followed the game via the internet, had expressed their joy with some riviting posts!

In its last 10 matches, the Spartan men's basketball team has lost nine. The sole win, with the Spartans winning a one point game, was against Western Athletic Conference member Louisiana Tech, and was the Spartan's highest scoring game this season so far.

Spartan forward Marquin Chandler currently leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game. Swingman Alex Elam averages 11.4 points per game and swingman Eric Bloom averages seven points per game.

Looks like Donta Watson is starting to break out as well now!


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