It was an ugly day around the horn for both Spartan Mens and Womens basketball at SJSU.
The SJSU men lose to LA Tech, the women get blown out, and the mens leading scorer, Carlton "Oudie" Baker has officially quit the team.
Read all about it here!
Story on the SJSU men's loss to LA Tech:
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Louisiana Tech (5-4, 2-0 WAC) just had too much outstanding team defensive in the first half, combined with solid shooting to roll past San Jose State (3-9, 0-3 WAC) 80-67.
The Spartans losing streak continued, as they lost their 7th game in a row in the early season on Thursday night at The Event Center.
San Jose State was held to 35% shooting and the Dawgs out-rebounded the Spartans 39 to 27 off the glass and elsewhere on the court.
After building a 40-17 lead at halftime, Tech cruised in the second half to move to 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference action. Tech's largest lead in the game was 25 at 65-41 with 6:35 remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs held San Jose State without a field for over seven minutes in the early portion of the first half as Tech went on a 14-0 run to build 21-5 lead over the Spartans with 10:00 remaining.
Tech went on to build a 35-13 lead in the opening half and led 40-17 when Bruce Edwards threw in a three-pointer from over half-court as the buzzer sounded.
The Bulldogs shot a blistering 55.6% in the opening 20 minutes. Tech then made 6-of-12 from three-point range to open up the big lead, and then it was all over for the Spartans.
The Spartans look to stop the bleeding this saturday night as they face the SMU mustangs at the Events Center on campus at 7PM.
Story on the SJSU womens loss to LA Tech:
RUSTON, La.—The No. 12 ranked team in the nation, Louisiana Tech, has lost just one game to a conference opponent since joining the Western Athletic Conference last season, so it was no surprise when the Lady Techsters topped the San Jose State women's basketball team, 83-38, at the Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday night.
It was the Spartans worst loss of the season and all three Spartan losses to Louisiana Tech have been by 30-plus points. The 38 points are also the lowest since the Spartans lost 66-37 to Tulsa during head coach Janice Richard's first season in 1999-2000.
Both teams struggled to find their touch to start the game and it was the Spartans (6-6, 2-1) scoring the first points of the game at the 18:10 mark. The Spartans took the lead twice in the opening minutes before the Lady Techsters (9-2, 2-0) took control of the game with just under four minutes in the game, dominating the Spartans the rest of the way.
Louisiana Tech charged through the Spartan defense and compiled with a struggling San Jose State offense going on a 17-7 run over the 10 minutes in the first half. San Jose State had three scoring droughts of three-or-more minutes in the first frame to trail, 37-17, at the break. The longest lasting 4:14.
Both teams had sub-par shooting in the first half with Louisiana Tech hitting just 37.8 percent from the floor and then hitting 48.3 percent in the second half to finish above 40 percent fro the game. The Spartans opened with a paltry 29.6 percent and continued to decline from their hitting just 27.6 percent for the game.
San Jose State led in turnovers, 22-16, giving Louisiana Tech the opportunity to outscore the Spartans, 24-9, off turnovers. The Spartans were unable to make many second chance points, being outrebounded, 64-33, giving the Lady Techsters 22 second-chance points.
Every Louisiana Tech players scored in the game, with three players in double figures. Junior guard Amber Obaze led the scoring with 18 points. Senior center Cheryl Ford had the game's lone double-double, hitting 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Junior Forward Trina Frierson had 12 points.
Just six Spartans scored in the game, with juniors Tatiana Taylor and Cricket Williams each scoring 11 points. Taylor was three rebounds shy of having her third double-double, finishing with seven rebounds in the game.
San Jose State continues this road swing on Saturday, January 11 at SMU. The Spartans and Lady Mustangs tip-off at 2:00 p.m. (CST) at Moody Coliseum. The Spartans will travel to Hawai`i next weekend before returning home to host Nevada on January 23 at The Event Center. That game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. (PST).
In shocking mens hoops news, Carlton "Oudie" Baker picks up and quits the team!:
It has been confirmed that Carlton ``Oudie'' Baker, San Jose State's leading scorer and rebounder, quit the basketball team two days ago.
Coach Phil Johnson confirmed that Baker had quit the team Thursday before the Western Athletic Conference home opener against Louisiana Tech.
The 6-foot-6 forward played the first seven games for the Spartans and averaged 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds.
But Baker went home to East Chicago, Ind., over the holidays and didn't return in time for the Spartans' game Dec. 28 against Brown.
Once Baker did return, Johnson suspended him for games at Boise State and Texas-El Paso. When the team got back, Johnson said he asked Baker to do some extra running to earn back his spot on the roster.
``Basically, he didn't want to do the running,'' Johnson said. ``I'm the coach, he's the player. He could have finished the running and could have played tonight.
``He met me coming into the arena Wednesday night. He told me he didn't want to play here anymore and asked for his release, which I gave him. It's as simple as that. We'll move on.''
Baker is expected to drop out of school when the spring semester begins Jan. 23. He was considered a prime recruit when he signed with San Jose State last season out of Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan. He averaged 22.5 points at Barton in his sophomore season.
He didn't play for San Jose State last season because he had to leave school in October to care for a younger sister. He also has a son.
*Look for a great article on both PJ and Janice Richard in the coming weeks to help lift the spirits of the Spartan faithfull!