It's not much, but at least San Jose State can say it swept Idaho this season.
Those have clearly been the two worst teams in the WAC, but the Spartans stayed out of the cellar by beating the Vandals, 72-61, on Feb, 9th.
SJSU also won the first matchup, 57-53, in Moscow.
San Jose State enters the week at 6-17 overall and 2-8 in the WAC.
"This was important," San Jose State coach George Nessman said after the Feb. 9 victory.
"We needed to win at home. It was important for Idaho, too. There is a lot of pride on the line, on every possession."
Idaho entered the game coming off its only league victory -- a home triumph over Fresno State.
"To beat them, coming off of their big win, is a big deal for our guys," Nessman said.
Alas, SJSU turned around and lost to Fresno State, 79-66, on Feb. 11.
Notes and Quotes:
--Perhaps next time, San Jose State will defend Fresno State's Hector Hernandez better. Then again, maybe not.
The 6-9 sophomore forward had a breakthrough game against the Spartans on Feb. 11, scoring 25 points and hitting 10 of 20 shots from the field, including 5 of 12 from three-point range.
"He was just chucking it in from everywhere," San Jose State coach George Nessman said. "We tried different people on Hernandez. We didn't have an answer. When we were in 'man,' he was quicker than our big men, and when we were in zone, he shot over the top of our guards."
--The victory over Idaho on Feb. 9 was important because it moved San Jose State a game ahead of the last-place Vandals. With only eight teams in the WAC tournament (Fresno State is ineligible), the Spartans don't want to be seeded eighth, where the potential exists to play a top-seeded Nevada team that is host to the tournament.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We needed a win badly. We wanted to take it seriously, and that's what we did. It was a battle. The loser was going to be in last place (in the WAC), and we certainly didn't want that." -- G Tyree Gardner after a 72-61 win over Idaho on Feb. 9
PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- G Tyree Gardner, G Carlton Spencer, G Alex Elam, F Demetrius Brown, F Menelik Barbary. Key Subs -- C Matt Misko, F Kevin Fleming, G Julian Richardson, G Jared Cozad.
San Jose State 72, Idaho 61
Fresno State 79, San Jose State 66
at Louisiana Tech, Wednesday, Feb. 15.
vs. UC Santa Barbara, Saturday, Feb. 18.
at New Mexico State, Monday, Feb. 20.
vs. Fresno State, Thursday, Feb. 23.
vs. Hawaii, Saturday, Feb. 25.
KEYS: Louisiana Tech has probably much too much in the frontcourt for the Spartans, who lost by 20 in the first meeting of the season.
The game against Santa Barbara, associated with the Bracket Buster event, is winnable as UC Santa Barbara is only 3-6 in the Big West.
But the Spartans need to shoot better from the outside.
SJSU is shooting only 29.8 percent from behind the three-point line.
--G Tyree Gardner loves playing Idaho. He scored a season-high 13 points, to go along with a career-high nine assists, in the Feb. 9 victory over the Vandals.
His previous season high for points was 11 ... which came in the first meeting vs. the Vandals.
--C Matt Misko had one of his better games of the season on Feb, 11 against Fresno State.
He made 4 of 7 shots for 11 points to go with five rebounds in 24 minutes.
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