We understand why nobody has ever written a song titled "What a Difference 11 Days Make" -- Dinah Washington notwithstanding -- but all Spartans were singing that tune tonight as San Jose State won what turned into a second half yawner over Hawaii 83-60. The Rainbow Warriors had earlier nabbed a 68-67 victory in the islands back on January 18th.
The biggest lead for the Spartans was 27 points. The victory, which was the third in a row for the Spartans, moved San Jose State's overall season record to 12-8 and was the fifth conference win to date against three conference losses.
The Spartans' Adrian Oliver totaled 33 points (12-18 shooting), plus added four rebounds and an equal number of assists. Chris Oakes just missed a double-double with 18 points and nine boards and Robert Owens totaled 12. Justin Graham passed for eight assists.
San Jose State shot 51% on the night and went 7-16 from three-point range.
Roderick Flemings led Hawaii with 19 points. Jeremy Lay contributed 12 and Brandon Adams nine. Lay and Adams both had 19 in the earlier Rainbow Warrior victory.
UH was miserable at the foul line, going 9-21 while shooting 42% from the floor for the game.
The Spartans won the battle of the boards 37-30.
At the half, it was 41-32 in favor of SJSU and that nine point differential was made closer by a late UH scoring rush. 14 points was the largest Spartan lead in the initial 20 minutes. Oliver scored 17 at that point, on 6-10 shooting from the floor. Roderick Fleming totaled nine points. The statistic of the most importance was San Jose State's 52% overall shooting to Hawaii's 42%.
Afterwards, Bob Nash said "it was a poor performance all the way around" for his squad and lamented the open shots his players allowed plus losing the rebounding battle.
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