Santa Clara (6-2) at San Jose State (5-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 11, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Event Center (5,000) -- San Jose, California. Television: None. Home Record: SCU 5-2, SJSU 3-1. Away Record: SCU 1-0, SJSU 2-2. Neutral Record: SCU 0-0, SJSU 0-0. Conference Record: SCU 0-0, SJSU 0-0. Series Record: Santa Clara leads, 76-29.
GAME NOTES: Already more than halfway to their entire win total from last season, the San Jose State Spartans shoot for a fourth straight victory on Tuesday as they entertain the Santa Clara Broncos in non-conference action at The Event Center.
San Jose State, which finished with a mark of only 9-22 in 2011-12, has won five of the last six outings, the lone setback coming in a 70-57 decision against 10th-ranked Kansas on the road last month. More recently the Spartans took down Sacramento State at home over the weekend with a 62-57 final.
As for the Broncos, they began the campaign quite strong with five straight victories, but then the team bowed to both Utah State and UC Santa Barbara in consecutive overtime affairs. Santa Clara was able to get back on track Saturday with a 77-42 rout of Pacific Union at home.
Santa Clara, which is on the road for just the second time this season, won the meeting between the teams last season by a convincing 84-58 final at home which means the all-time series is now set at 76-29 in favor of the Broncos.
With the game already well in hand at the break, the Broncos owning a 44-17 advantage after 20 minutes of action, the team began to spread the wealth as the squad picked up 25 points off the bench. Still, the leading scorer overall was Marc Trasolini with 14 points, followed by Raymond Cowels with 13 and Kevin Foster 12 points. Robert Garrett accounted for nine points and 10 rebounds, while Evan Roquemore handed out a game-high 10 assists which was one more than the visitors had overall. Roquemore has been at the top of his game when it comes to passing the ball so far this season, hading out 54 assists and suffering only 14 total turnovers, all while scoring 12.8 ppg which is third-best on the unit. Foster (21.3 ppg) continues his assault from three- point range where he has knocked down 28-of-72 (.389), while Trasolini (14.9 ppg) does his damage closer to the basket where he is also responsible for a team-best 7.3 rpg.
Trailing by double figures in the first half and six at the break against Sacramento State over the weekend, SJSU and, more specifically James Kinney, went to work in the second half as the guard scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the final 20 minutes to bring home the win. Although he shot just 3- of-9 from the floor, Chris Cunningham also had a strong outing for the Spartans as he registered a double-double with his 10 points and 17 rebounds, easily offsetting his six turnovers which were nearly one-third of the team's total (19). San Jose State was lucky to pull off the victory considering the group shot only 31.3 percent from the floor and 4-of-20 beyond the arc. Kinney, the leading scorer in four straight and six of eight games this season for the Spartans, is averaging a whopping 23.0 ppg and was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday. Cunningham is averaging a double-double with 11.1 ppg and 10.5 rpg which has helped the group to beat opponents on the glass by more than eight per game.
With a tandem of Kinney and Cunningham the Spartans are tough to match up against, but Foster and Trasolini should give them a run for their money.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Jose State 74, Santa Clara 68
12/11 10:38:42 ET