San Jose State Overtakes Washington State in 88-76 Win
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Ryan Welage tallied 20 points, including three 3-pointers, and 11 boards and four Spartans scored in double figures to lift San Jose State over Washington State 88-76 on Sunday.
Brandon Clarke finished with 12 points and 11 boards on 6-of-10 shooting for the Spartans.
SJSU (2-3) led by six at intermission and jumped out to a 10-point advantage with two quick baskets to begin the second half. Washington State called a timeout to regroup, but never closed the gap.
Each time the Cougars (3-3) began chipping away at the deficit, the Spartans answered with more buckets.
Down seven, Washington State accrued five consecutive misses in one possession and grabbed three offensive boards in a row. But Clarke turned Hawkinson's last miss into a 3 by Jalen James at the other end, and pushed the Spartan lead back to 10.
The Spartans beat the Cougars for the first time since 1990. Washington State had won the past five meetings.