Colorado State (9-6) at San Jose State (6-8)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 8, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Event Center (5,000) -- San Jose, California.
Television: MWN. Home Record: CSU 9-3, SJSU 4-1. Away Record: CSU 0-3, SJSU
2-5. Neutral Record: CSU 0-0, SJSU 0-2. Conference Record: CSU 0-2, SJSU 0-2.
Series Record: Colorado State leads, 6-0.
GAME NOTES: A couple of Mountain West Conference teams trying to avoid three-
game skids get together in the Golden State tonight, as the Colorado State
Rams battle the San Jose State Spartans.
The Rams have had the misfortune of contending against two of the stronger
teams in the MWC to kick off their league schedule, as well as the 2014
calendar year. Colorado State first fell to nationally-ranked San Diego State
at home on New Year's Day, 71-61, and then dropped an 80-73 final versus New
Mexico on the road this past Saturday. The setback in The Pit means CSU is now
0-3 in true road games.
As for the Spartans, they too have opened the conference schedule with back-
to-back defeats, in their case after winning four straight outings. The team
was taken down by Nevada last week by a 62-50 score at the Event Center, and
then was crushed by Utah State in Logan on Saturday night, 86-67.
The Rams have never lost to SJSU, sporting a perfect 6-0 mark in the all-time
series. The teams are also set to clash at Moby Arena the first week of March
in order to complete the season series.
Shooting only 36.1 percent from the field in the first half and 38.7 percent
after the break, the Rams kept themselves from battling New Mexico until the
end. Daniel Bejarano, who picked up his fourth personal foul just three
minutes into the second half, managed to finish with a career-best 25 points
as he converted 5-of-7 tries from behind the 3-point line. J.J. Avila and Joe
De Ciman accounted for 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Knocking down 53.4 percent of his field goal attempts, Avila leads the Rams in
scoring on the season with 18.9 ppg and is also first with 52 assists. Making
him a triple-threat whenever he's on the floor, Avila is also second on the
unit with 6.4 rpg, trailing only Bejarano (15.1 ppg) who has pulled down 9.4
rpg. As someone who can dominate in the paint when he puts his mind to it,
Bejarano would be smart to focus his energies closer to the rim instead of
beyond the arc where he has shot only 29.9 percent.
Of the 57 field goal attempts by San Jose State versus Utah State, 35 of those
came from 3-point range, 15 falling through the rim, but still that wasn't
good enough to take out the Aggies. Rashad Muhammad accounted for 20 points
off the bench as he sank 6-of-9 beyond the arc, followed by Jaleel Williams
and Devante Wilson with 13 and 11 points, respectively. The Spartans were not
only crushed on the glass, 42-22, they were also dominated at the free-throw
Muhammad has come off the bench in all but one of the team's 14 games this
season, and yet he is currently the top overall scorer by a wide margin with
his 16.6 ppg, compared to Williams who is second with 11.7 ppg. Muhammad has
converted an impressive 45.4 percent of his 3-point tries, compared to a mere
27.8 percent for Williams who is clearly more effective in the paint where he
is clearing 6.2 rpg to rank second behind only Chris Cunningham (8.0 ppg) with
his 6.9 rpg.
As long as Bejarano doesn't limit his time on the floor again due to foul
trouble and Avila is free to patrol the paint, this should be the perfect
opportunity for the Rams to finally pick up that first true road win of the
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado State 77, San Jose State 71
01/08 10:31:51 ET