It was a battle of middleweights, quite the appropriate Whelliston-ian reference for two mid-major schools. One would throw a punch, so to speak, followed with a rejoinder by the other. But neither could achieve a knockout so it was a match to be decided on points (pun intended).
San Jose State eventually triumphed over visiting Idaho by a score of 78-75.
For the Spartans C.J. Webster re-introduced himself to the WAC, (and Idaho specifically), with a 21/11 double-double. Adrian Oliver topped San Jose with 22 points. Chris Oakes contributed 18.
Midway through the second half, a five point run brought SJSU to within one at 56-55.
San Jose State then pulled ahead by seven and it was 71-65 in favor of the Spartans with 3:41 remaining. Kashif Watson scored for the Vandals sandwiched around a SJSU travel and a turnover on a steal.
Mac Peterson, off all night with his shooting, then nailed a trey, extending the Spartans lead to 74-67. It was his sole make of the evening.
But Idaho wasn't done just yet.
Mac Hopson put in a deuce to bring the margin back to five, 74 to 69, at the 1:08 mark.
Adrian Oliver followed with a matching fallaway jumper.
Idaho's Luiz Toledo was fouled and made one of two free throw attempts, making it 76-70.
Oliver misfired with a one-and-one at the foul line and Luciano de Souza calmly came down and buried a three-pointer, making it a one possession game at 76-73.
San Jose State's Robert Owens was fouled on the following possession and cooly knocked down both shots.
But amazingly, Watson was then fouled attempting a three-pointer. He made the front and back end shots, missing the middle attempt and that's how the contest ended.
The Vandals led 38-37 at the half. In that first half, Webster topped SJSU with 13 points on 6-7 shooting. Chris Oakes missed some time as a precaution due to a pair of fouls. Idaho had just four free throw attempts after the first 20 minutes, making all. The biggest Idaho lead was three -- it was four for the Spartans. Luciano de Souza shot a sizzling 5-8.
After being out-boarded in the first half, San Jose State rebounded (again pun intended) to win that battle 29-24.
Idaho was led by Mac Hopson with 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Steffan Johnson helped out with 15 points -- on five three-pointers.
Keep up on all the latest San Jose State team and recruiting news by signing up for a Total Access Pass. For as little as $7.95 per month you'll have access to all Scout.com Network content including videos. Your support allows Inside Sparta to continue bringing you the very best in Spartan news. Sign up today and get a 7-Day free trial!
Kevin McCarthy is the Basketball Editor for Inside Sparta. You may contact Kevin with any questions, comments, or tips at firstname.lastname@example.org
Better yet, join the rest of the Inside Sparta community in discussions of this article, and more, on the Inside Sparta Discussion Forums!
Spartans Win WAC Opener 78-75
Inside TheSpartans Top Stories
Spartans Shows Interest In CB Kyree HallIn a span three days, 2018 cornerback Kyree Hall became a prospect of interest for San Jose State and one of the main surprises during one-on-one drills at The Opening Oakland…
Inside TheSpartansYesterday at 4:47 PM
Full Q&A: SJSU Signee Tyler NevensInsideTheSpartans.com talks with San Jose State signee Tyler Nevens about his recruitment process and what to expect from him as a Spartan.
Inside TheSpartansMonday at 5:39 PM
The Monday after: New AD, softball, baseballEven with football and basketball seasons long over and in the midst of final exams, San Jose State athletics still had an eventful weekend, with a new athletic director chosen,…
Inside TheSpartansSunday at 11:36 PM
New athletic director: Marie TuiteOn Friday, San Jose State promoted interim athletic director Marie Tuite to lead the athletic department in the long term. Tuite enters the office in a crucial time for San Jose…
Inside TheSpartansFriday at 11:42 PM