Spartan Notes: Fales wins lots of awards, sees draft stock go up

san_jose_stateDavid Fales is starting to get a lot of attention.

The senior quarterback is winning all the awards this week. The list seems to go to 11 so far. Such are the accolades for knocking off everyone’s favorite — and most overrated — BCS buster in Fresno State.

On top of that, Charles Davis of NFL.com sees the senior quarterback zipping up draft boards also.

In other San Jose State football news …

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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.

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Spartan Notes: Bubble bursts in second half of WAC championship on SJSU soccer

san_jose_stateFor 56 minutes and 11 seconds, it looked like the San Jose State men’s soccer team could do the impossible.

Then Seattle scored, and everything came crashing back to Earth. The Spartans, nearly flawless through the first two-and-a-half games of the Western Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament, couldn’t hold off the conference’s only elite team, falling to Seattle 2-1 thanks to two second half goals by the Redhawks.

San Jose State took an early lead on an unassisted goal by Ben Cowdrill. But Seattle had spent the first half peppering goalkeeper Emmanuel Espinoza, throwing 10 shots his way with two needing to be stopped.

In the 57th minute (at 56:12 to be exact), the dam finally broke for the Spartans. Miguel Gonzalez netted his team leading 13th goal of the season with the help of Ian Hines-Ike. The Redhawks took the lead for good when Hines-Ike assisted Hamza Haddadi on his fifth goal of the game in the 71st minute. All told, of Seattles eight shots in the second half, seven were on net, with Espinoza stopping five others.

The Redhawks earn the WAC’s automatic bid into next week’s NCAA tournament, concluding the regular season 10-8-2, and undefeated (7-0-3) in WAC play. Despite a valiant showing at the conference tournament, San Jose State ends its season with a record of 4-13-4.

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Spartan notes: Blume comes back in big way for San Jose State volleyball

Hanah Blume’s wasn’t supposed to play Saturday, not after injuring her ankle against San Diego State on Thursday. But she made her return to the lineup count in a big way, reaching the 1,000 kill mark and 1,000 dig mark in a 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 13-25, 15-12 win over UNLV.

Blume had a double-double for the Spartans (8-17, 5-9), with 18 kills and 19 digs, to help the Spartans extend their win streak to three matches. She joins Joslynn Gallop (1,966 kills, 1,052 digs; 1997-2000), Dawnis Wilson (1,426 kills, 1,412 digs; 1988-91) and Barbara Higgins (1,237 kills, 1,039 digs; 1984-87) as the only other Spartans to reach that mark.

Cori O’Donoghue had 26 digs for San Jose State, Michaela Leonard also had a double-double with 65 assists and 11 digs to go along with three block, and Mary Alice O’Reilly added 18 kills.

San Jose State is next in action Thursday at Utah State.

Spartan notes: Volleyball rallies for big win over San Diego State

San Jose State’s volleyball team looked destined for another loss in what has already been a bleak year. Down 2 games to San Diego State on Thursday night and with top player, senior kills and digs leader Hanah Blume, the Spartans rallied for a come-from-behind win over a pretty good San Diego State team 23-25, 26-28, 25-16, 25-23, 15-7.

San Jose State’s volleyball has struggled this year. They haven’t had a winning streak until this week, with the win over the Aztecs making two (they routed lowly Nevada earlier this week.) Blume has been the one bright statistical spot this year.

Mary Alice O’Reilly led the team with 19 kills, but also stepped up to get an astonishing 12 blocks (2 solo, 10 assisted), just the 23rd player in the program’s history to do so. Overall, the Spartans were rejecting a lot of what the Aztecs threw back at them, getting 17 team blocks, 3 solos and 28 assisted.

“We knew what they were going to do,” said volleyball coach Oscar Crespo. “We understood from the first match what they could do and what their strengths were. Our middles did a good job of being patient, reading the set, moving in and executing key blocks in certain situations.”

In other San Jose State sports news …

— The San Jose State men’s basketball team vented its frustration over its loss to D-II Cal State Monterey Bay by beating the tar out of NAIA Pacific Union on Wednesday, 93-42. Jaleel Williams led San Jose with 17 points.

Part of the reason the Spartans’ more than doubled up the Pioneers? Pacific Union was essentially playing chuck and duck from behind the arc, making just six of 29 shots from 3-point range (for reference, the Pioneers took just 58 shots total.)

The Spartans open the season Tuesday against cross-town rival Santa Clara at 8 p.m.

— The San Jose State women’s basketball team begins its 2013-14 campaign with a cupcake: D-II San Francisco State. It will be new coach Jamie Craighead’s first official game. Game is at 7 p.m. at the Event Center, with radio broadcast on KSJS 90.5 FM. Perhaps its for the best to have a lower level team in the opener at home: Only two women’s basketball coaches have opened their career with wins. The late Janice Richard won six of seven season openers, only losing her first as coach in 1999.