Demetrius Brown scored a career-high 23 points to lead San Jose State past the division I dreamers 72-57 in a beauitiful day on the central coast.
Brown went 8-for-15 from the field and made seven of nine free throws as the Spartans won their second straight game after dropping their season opener to Bobby Knights Texas Tech Red Raiders.
"It was an emphasis in our scouting report. We were going to put the ball inside. We felt we were more athletic than they were around the basket and we tried to take advantage of that. They (Cal Poly) are big and strong, but I think our quickness around the basket really hurt them," said San Jose State coach George Nessman.
"Demetrius did the kind of things he is capable of doing. If he stays solid, be fundamental and stay in the system, he can be a really good player for us."
Cal Poly (1-1) led 21-19 with 6:16 left in the first half, but San Jose State went on an unprecedented 11-0 run, which turned into a lead of 30-21 with 2:06 to go.
The Spartans never trailed again and led by as many as 19 in the second half to the SLO stangs.
"We watched film on Cal Poly and we saw we could attack them from the inside-out. So, that was a big emphasis for us tonight," said Brown, who was 8-of-15 from the field.
"We didn't have an answer. We tried a little bit of zone and in the second half we tried to cover them with our opposite big guy. By then, most of the damage had been done. It was a big key of the game.," said Cal Poly coach Kevin Bromley. "It was ‘old-school' football. You've got to stop the run. They owned the paint."
Alex Elam had 12 points for San Jose State.
Thomas Chaz led Cal Poly with 10 points.
San Jose State has dominated the series to date, winning 13 of its 15 games against the Mustangs, including last year's meeting in San Jose, 69-50.
"This was a game we kind of had to gut out. They made a run at us in the second half. Our guys did a great job for about a10-minute stretch on defense, really made it tough on Cal Poly and then we converted a few on our end to get a little bulge on them," added the San Jose State coach whose team built the lead up to 19 points, 63-44, with 5:28 remaining. "I was proud of our effort. We have to play really hard. We have to defend. We can't make a lot of mental errors.
"Overall, this was a solid performance. We're still very much a work-in-progress. We need a lot of improvement in a lot of areas, but our guys are committed."
The hot Spartans return to action, Wednesday, November 23, against the University of San Diego for a 5:30PM tip-off.
This is the home opener at The Event Center for SJSU.
See you there and bring some friends!