SJSU cagers earn 10th win since 2001 season!

For the first time since 2001, the SJSU men's basketball team has won 10 games in a season after a 71-56 victory over Cal State Bakersfield. The win puts the Spartans break even. It is the first time since the 1999-2000 season they have finished January at .500 or better. Graham is still on injured reserve.

Congratulations on win number 10 for Coach Nessman and the SJSU cagers!

Here is the post game wrap courtesy of our pal's over at he good ol' Spartan Daily!

Leaps and bounds over Bakersfield

SJSU men's basketball team evens record at 10-10

Tommy Wright

Issue date: 1/30/08

Section: Sports

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For the first time since 2001, the SJSU men's basketball team has won 10 games in a season after a 71-56 victory over Cal State Bakersfield.

Tuesday night at the Event Center, the Spartans had five players in double figures, with sophomore center Chris Oakes leading the way with 15 points.

The Spartans trailed early in the game and didn't manage to take the lead until midway through the first half.

"We did get off to a slow start, but at the first timeout coach talked to us and told us to get our heads into the game," Oakes said. "We realized early that we could beat this team, and we just came out and did what we had to do."

In the first half, SJSU kept Bakersfield off of the free-throw line. The Spartans missed only one free throw in the first half and finished the game 11-12 from the line, much higher than their season average of 70.4 percent going into the game.

The Spartans also dominated in rebounds during the first half, with a 2-1 ratio against the Roadrunners.

"We probably outsized them a little bit, so coach told us we need to make sure we get these rebounds," said junior guard DaShawn Wright.

The team posted 42 rebounds and have now out-rebounded its opponent in eight consecutive games - Oakes led the way with nine boards.

With 3:46 left in the first half, the Spartans took the lead and never gave it up.

"Once our defensive energy really picked up and we did a better job of getting after their shooters and we defended a little better in the post, it kind of changed the momentum of the game," said head coach George Nessman. "And after that point we kind of wrestled control and just kind of held them off the rest of the way."

After halftime, the Spartans started to distance themselves from the Roadrunners with an 8-2 run.

"We came out strong in the second half because we know they're a good team," Wright said. "So coach told us to keep playing them hard, don't give them any chance to get back in the game."

Five minutes into the second half Bakersfield cut the lead to seven, but the Spartans took off after that.

They held on to a double-digit lead from 11:51 left to play until the end.

"When you're not used to having double-digit leads, its almost harder to play with a double-digit lead because sometimes you lose your focus," Nessman said. "We've only had double-digit leads seven times, maybe six, seven times all year. It's just another phase in developing our program and growing as a program, being able to handle various game situations that we encounter."

The win puts the Spartans at 10-10 for the season. It is the first time since the 1999-2000 season they have finished January at .500 or better.


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