SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team was up-set by Jose State University, 59-47, on Wednesday night at the Events Center!
With the loss, Oregon State drops to 3-2 on the year while San Jose State evens its record at 2-2.
It wasn't pretty.
In fact, it was downright ugly.
The numbers said it all in the first half as both teams more than struggled on the offensive end.
The Beavers managed just 20-percent (6-of-30) shooting from the field, fortunately the Spartans connected on just 24-percent (6-for-25) of their shots. As has been the story of the season, OSU couldn't buy a basket from beyond the arc, going 0-for-11 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.
The miserable half ended with the score tied 14-14.
Thankfully the play of both teams picked up in the second frame.
San Jose State scored four quick points out of the break and led by as many as five on two occasions but the Beavers worked their way back. Leilani Estavan's steal and ensuing free throws knotted the score at 29 with 9:28 remaining.
OSU took the lead (33-32) after an errant Spartan pass led to a 5-on-3 Beaver break and eventual jumper from Juleen Smith.
SJSU answered with four straight points to regain the lead however.
Hollye Chapman's 3-pointer tied the game, 40-40 with 4:33 remaining but Jessica Kellogg answered with a trey for the Spartans and then hit a pair of free throws to make the score 45-40 with 3:21 left.
Despite the Beavers' effort, San Jose State knocked down enough free throws in the final two minutes to secure the victory.
SJSU Men Blown out in Moraga:
Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's men's basketball team (3-2) cruised past the San Jose State Spartans (2-2), 94-62, on Wednesday, December 4 in McKeon Pavilion.
Paving the way offensively for the Gaels was Chase Poole (Austin, TX), who finished with 22 points after going 9-for-12 from the field.
San Jose State would take the lead at 2-0 as the game began and that would be the only lead the Spartans would have all game.
The Gaels would then go on a 21-2 run leading into the 12:33 mark.
The Gaels continued to dominate behind the shooting of Daniel Kickert (Melbourne, Australia), Tyler Herr (Gilbert, AZ) and Poole. The three combined for 25 points at the end of the first half.
At the end of the first half with the Gaels leading 56-18, the Gaels shot 72.7 percent from the floor, 100.0 percent from beyond the arc and 89.5 percent from the charity stripe.
From the outset, everything that could go right for St. Mary's did, and what could go wrong for San Jose did, leading to an astonishing 38 point lead for the Gaels at halftime.
Atrocious first half shooting by the Spartans led to the Gaels' 56-18 lead before intermission, with Herr (13) and Poole (12) leading St. Mary's, which shot 73 percent from the floor. The Gaels also made all seven of their shots from 3-point distance, while San Jose connected on only 12.5 percent of its shot attempts.
In the second half the Spartans began to slowly inch their way back into the game.
The Gaels would take their largest lead of the game at the 12:20 minute mark, a 42-point advantage. Both teams would trade baskets as the Gaels would walk away with a 32-point margin of victory.
This is the Gaels second 30+ margin of victory in the season. This is the biggest margin of victory against a Division I opponent since the Gaels defeated Youngstown State, 88-53, on December 12, 1998.
San Jose (2-2) was led by Moises Alvarez's 15 points.
Although the Spartans played much better in the second half, connecting on 50 percent of their shots after halftime, they never got closer than 30 points to the Gaels at 92-62 with 40 seconds remaining in the game.
One question that is being raised by Spartan fans is the where-abouts of A-Law (Antonio Lawrence).
It seems as though Lawrence has not been very active with the team, as he has had low scoring numbers when he has played, and was non existant in the blow out to St Marys.
More to come on "A-Law" as this story develops.