Spartan Notes: San Jose State men’s hoops wins second straight

Chris Cunningham recorded his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Jose State men’s basketball team won its home opener and second straight game going away, 81-59, over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.

The Spartans led 28-6 to open the game after Devante Wilson hit back-to-back 3-pointers, and really the team never looked back. Wilson finished with 16 points, and Rashad Muhammad and D.J. Brown each added 17 off the bench.

It’s the first 20-or-more-point win for the Spartans since they beat UC Davis in 2011 79-59.

The team is starting to figure this out earlier than expected, although they are still shooting poorly (just 37.7 percent in Saturday’s win.) It helped that the Titans shot a season low 37 percent. The Spartans also hit 11 of 28 3-pointers on Saturday, making 25 from beyond the arc in their two wins this season.

Other San Jose State sports news …

  • Jasmine Smith had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, but the San Jose State women’s basketball team shot just 35 percent from the field against San Diego and got blown out, 88-60, on Saturday. The Spartans (4-2) held an opponent under 90 for the first time this season, which really says something about the team’s defense, its one true weakness that is apparent in the early season. To go with the poor shooting night, the Spartans also committed 23 turnovers. Rebecca Woodberry had 11 points, and Ta’Rea Cunnigan chipped in 10.
  • Hanah Blume led the San Jose State volleyball team with 22 kills and 18 digs in her final home match, but the Spartans dropped a close match at home Saturday against Wyoming, 21-25, 13-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-13. Michaela Leonard had 59 assists, senior Sarah Greist had 14 kills and 3 blocks and Mary Alice O’Reilly added 18 kills. The Spartans (8-21, 5-13) have two more road matches: at New Mexico on Wednesday, and at Air Force on Friday to close out the season.
  • The San Jose State women’s swimming and diving team was in second place as of Friday at the Arena Invitational in Long Beach. Ashlyn Acosta set a school record in the 100-meter butterfly at the meet with a time of 53.61.
  • San Jose State club hockey team was 1-1 at the Beehive Grill Showcase through Friday, losing to Utah 6-1 on Thursday and routing BYU 7-4 on Friday.
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