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Men's College Basketball
Preview
San Jose St. at Washington St.
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 21, 2014
Where: Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, Pullman, Washington

The new year can’t arrive soon enough for San Jose State, which is eager to turn the page on a forgettable 2014. The Spartans visit Washington State on Sunday in search of their first win over a Division I opponent, but they’ll likely be without five players, including their top four scorers, who have been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The turmoil extended to the bench on Thursday, when associate head coach Chris Brazelton was placed on paid administrative leave.

Washington State faces an uphill battle in the Pac-12 under first-year coach Ernie Kent, but the Cougars should be able to get past the shorthanded Spartans. Guard DaVonte Lacy averages a team-high 17.1 points for the Cougars, who have dropped three of their last four, including back-to-back losses to Gonzaga and Santa Clara. Lacy is looking to bounce back from an off-night against Santa Clara last Saturday, when he was held to nine points on 2-of-12 shooting.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network

ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE (2-9): The Spartans had just eight players in uniform for last Saturday’s 54-38 loss to Seattle after coach Dave Wojcik suspended Rashad Muhammad, Jordan Baker, Frank Rogers, Jaleel Williams and Matt Pollard before the contest. The team had already lost point guard Jalen James (ankle) and center Leon Bahner (foot) to season-ending injuries, so Wojcik recruited two players from the football team for the Seattle game. Freshman guard Darryl Gaynor II scored a season-high 20 points against Seattle and figures to make his third career start against the Cougars.

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE (4-6): Forward Josh Hawkinson continued to impress on Saturday with 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds against Santa Clara. “Josh has shown me a mental toughness,” Kent told reporters. “From where he was last year to what he’s done this year, it’s pretty amazing.” The Cougars boast a solid backcourt that includes Lacy, Ike Iroegbu and freshman point guard Ny Redding, who has been a pleasant surprise while averaging a team-high 4.7 assists.

TIP-INS

1. The teams are meeting for the first time since 2002, with Washington State holding a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series.

2. San Jose State has used 10 different starting lineups through 11 games.

3. Washington State is 5-24 over the last two seasons when trailing at the half.

PREDICTION: Washington State 65, San Jose State 44
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
San Jose St. 2-9 L1 2-4 0-2 0-3 1-3 1-6 0-0
Washington St. 4-6 L2 2-1 0-3 2-2 3-0 1-6 0-0
Last Meeting
San Jose St. Washington St.
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/23/02 SJSU 68 WSU 76 68 44 36.8 76 32 41.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
San Jose St. N/A
Washington St. N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
San Jose St. N/A
Washington St. N/A
Assists Player  
San Jose St. N/A
Washington St. N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
San Jose St. R. Muhammad 121 47.6 24
Washington St. D. Lacy 171 38.0 52
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
San Jose St. F. Rogers 55 17 38
Washington St. J. Hawkinson 102 20 82
Assists Player  
San Jose St. J. Baker 37
Washington St. N. Redding 46
Quickchart Matchup
San Jose St. Off vs  Washington St. Defense
54.7 Points For
74.8 Points Against
37.9 FG%
45.4 FG%
28.1 Reb
33.0 Reb
Washington St. Off vs  San Jose St. Defense
68.9 Points For
68.6 Points Against
41.9 FG%
45.5 FG%
33.0 Reb
33.2 Reb