Tonight from the Haas Pavilion, the California Golden Bears will host the San Jose State Spartans in a cross bay shoot out in Bezerkely.
The Golden Bears have won three straight contests, including a strong 83-76 victory over Northeastern in the second round of the Golden Bear Classic. A victory over San Jose State tonight would give the Bears their first four-game winning streak since February of 2003.
The Spartans had their three-game winning streak snapped in heartbreaking fashion, losing to Santa Clara, 47-46 on a last second lay-up as time expired.
With the exception of the 34-point loss to Texas Tech to open the season, San Jose State has played extremely well and if the team continues to play at this pace the Spartans could surprise some teams in the Western Athletic Conference this season.
Tonight's contest begins a four-game road stretch for SJSU. In regards to the all-time series between the two schools, the Golden Bears have dominated SJSU, winning 17 of the 20 meetings.
While the Spartans are holding opponents to just 62.6 ppg, the team has done little to help itself offensively, averaging just 66.6 ppg behind a 41.7 percent shooting effort from the field.
In the team's loss to Santa Clara, the Spartans shot a paltry 28.6 percent from the floor en route to just 46 total points. SJSU also struggled from long range (4-of-20) and from the charity stripe (10-of-18) in the one-point setback.
Alex Elam, who is averaging just 10.0 ppg for the Spartans, was the only SJSU player to score double-digits in the loss, finishing the game with 15 points. Demetrius Brown has been the best offensive player for the Spartans this season as the forward is posting a team-best 14.0 ppg.
However, that was not the case against Santa Clara, as Brown finished the contest with just seven points on a atrocious 1- of-11 showing from the field. Matt Misko and Carlton Spencer both contributed eight points in the loss, however both players struggled from the field as well.
The Spartans will be in for quite a tussle, as CAL power forward in Leon "THE SHOW" Powe is slated to suit up for this contest.
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