Adrian Oliver, taking up residence at the foul line, scored 35 points, including 17-18 from the charity stripe. The Spartans were 30-36 as a team on free throws. Robert Owens totaled 20 points and Mac Peterson contributed 18 on the evening.
San Jose State shot 52% overall to 51.5% for Seattle but the Hawks garnered 18 more attempts than the Spartans. Dollar's team owned the boards, concluding with a 37-24 advantage that included 18 at the offensive end.
Heralded Charles Garcia 'enjoyed' a much ado about nothing first half with just three points but he totaled 17 in the second 20 minutes for Seattle. Forward Alex Jones came into the game averaging just over eight a contest and finished with 17 points in 19 minutes of action. 5-foot-10 point Cervante Burrell added 14 and also tied for the team lead in rebounding with five.
The score was 84-79 when an Owens three-pointer from the left corner reduced the deficit to two. At the 2:10 mark, a pair of free throws by Oliver knotted the score.
Garcia was fouled with 1:45 remaining and he made one of two foul shots to put the Redhawks ahead by one.
With 1:29 on the clock, Oliver was fouled and connected on both attempts to boost San Jose State in the lead 86-85.
Burrell missed an awkward-looking, shotput-like jumper with 59 seconds showing and SJSU rebounded it only to turn the ball over with 30.7 seconds left.
Jones then received a pass in close from Garcia and his jumphook found the net.
15 seconds remained. The Redhawks led by one, 87-86.
Olson fouled Mac Peterson with ten ticks left and the Spartan senior buried both to put San Jose State back ahead 88-87.
The Spartans called timeout.
When play resumed, Olson caught a pass from forward Mike Boxley and put down the aforementioned game winner.
At the half, San Jose State led 42-38 and it was 14 SJSU turnovers that resulted in the limited lead.
Besides the 20-plus professional scouts situated along press row, Chris Mullin was spotted in the stands. Also present were Oakland Raider linebacker Thomas Howard and a pair of Sacramento King players, Steve Hawes and Jon Brockman, who both played with Adrian Oliver when all were at Washington.Follow Inside Sparta on Twitter and Facebook
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