Sacto Senior Raashad Hooks scored a career high 19 points while Sacto's Jimmy White recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Sacramento State to a 72-70 victory over San Jose State Tuesday night in Hornet Gym.
The win improved the Hornets to 4-3 overall and gave the team its third-straight victory. That streak is the longest since Sacramento State opened the year 4-0 in 1999-2000.
The win was also the first against the Spartans since a 57-49 victory on Feb. 12, 1954, ending a streak of 12-consecutive victories by SJSU. The loss dropped the Spartans to 3-3.
The game was marred by 49 combined turnovers and 59 total fouls, including four technical fouls. Two of the technicals were whistled against SJSU head coach Phil Johnson who was ejected with 10:35 remaining in the game.
The Spartans were called for 28 fouls which resulted in Sacramento State making a season-high 27 free throws on 37 attempts.
The 73.0 percentage was also a season-best for the team. Conversely, the Hornets were called for 31 fouls and San Jose State made just 17-of-34 attempts (50.0 percent).
After the Spartans scored the game's first basket, Sacramento State went on an 11-4 run to take an early lead. Sacto pushed its edge to 21-10 with 8:39 left in the first half after Tony Champion knocked down a jump hook.
San Jose State, however, answered with 12-unanswered points capped by Antonio Lawrence's tip-in with 4:03 left in the half to give the Spartans a 22-21 lead.
The Hornets reclaimed the lead on their next possession with a pair of free throws from DaShawn Freeman and eventually led, 33-30, at halftime.
Sacramento State exploded to a quick start in the second half, scoring seven-straight points to take a 40-30 edge in the first 2:31 of the period.
However, the San Jose State, once again, responded with a run of its own to regain control of the scoreboard on a jumper by Eric Walton with 11:17 remaining.
From that point, the two teams exchanged one-point leads on two occasions before Sacto's Freeman tied the score, 46-46, at the 10:50 mark.
On the next possession, Hooks and Moises Alvarez became tied up on a loose ball which resulted in a jump ball.
As the Spartans became set to inbound the ball, both players were called for technical fouls. The Hornets' Brandon Guyton was called for a grab foul on the ensuing inbounds play but Phil Johnson also received his second technical at the same time, forcing his ejection.
After Sacramento State led by as many as three points with just under 10 minutes to play, both teams battled for the final minutes of the game. The two teams combined for seven ties and eight lead changes before the Hornets pulled ahead, 65-62, on a three-pointer from Hooks with 1:48 on the clock.
Hooks pushed the lead to six points, 70-64, with 35 seconds left on a pair of free throws only to see the Spartans cut the lead in half on their next possession. Oudie Baker made the first of two free throws, grabbed the rebound on his second attempt and converted a layup with 14 seconds showing.
Freeman gave the Hornets a little breathing room by making one free throw but the freshman fouled Scott Sonnenberg who made a three-pointer and had the opportunity to tie the game with 9.4 seconds left.
Sonnenberg missed his attempt and Hornet freshman Chris Lange grabbed the rebound and was fouled. The Albuquerque, N.M., native made 1-of-2 attempts giving the ball back to SJSU with just under nine seconds remaining.
San Jose State drove the length of the court and Keith West's layup bounced off the far side of the rim. Baker outjumped the Sacramento State defense and had a tip attempt roll off the iron as time expired.
Sacto's Hooks ended the night 4-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-3 from long range. The senior, however, did most of his damage from the free throw line, making 9-of-11 attempts. He also had five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Lambeth added 13 points and was 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Sacto's White tallied his first double-double of the season by going 4-of-7 from the field and grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds.
San Jose State was paced by Baker who recorded game highs with both 24 points and 11 rebounds.
The SJ State junior helped lead the Spartans to 20 offensive rebounds by grabbing seven boards. In comparison, Sacramento State was limited to five offensive rebounds.