Spartans look to get back to the basics

By Kavin Mistry

After two straight historic defensive performances for San Jose State, the Spartans fell apart Wednesday night in Montana.

“They took it to us and they had us on our heels for most of the game,” said head coach Dave Wojcik  postgame on Wednesday. “I just thought we looked a little sluggish and we were a step slow.”

Prior to the game against the Grizzlies, the Spartans had begun to find a groove as a team — both scoring the ball and playing stout defense. Montana caught SJSU by surprise Wednesday.

“It was a learning experience, we have to learn from it and work on it,” Wojcik said.

The Spartans will look to get back on track when Life Pacific College comes to the Event Center today at 2 p.m.

In the previous meeting between the two teams, SJSU handled them well, cruising to a 128-66 win back in 2015.

“We switch our focus now to Life Pacific and then exams,” Wojcik said. “I think our break came at a good time for our guys and will be good for us going forward.”

The Spartans have the chance to finish 4-1 in their final five games before the final exams-week break and head into the final two games of the non-conference schedule with a winning record.

“We have three home games coming up that we can win and we should win,” said forward Brandon Clarke postgame Wednesday. “We are looking positive toward the future.”

Despite the winning streak ending on Wednesday, the Spartans still have positives to move forward with. Senior guard Gary Williams Jr. has provided an offensive spark coming off the bench, which takes the pressure off of Clarke and forward Ryan Welage from having to carry the scoring load. Williams has been increasing his minute total on the floor over the past four games and against Montana, helped the Spartans bring the game within six points in the second half.

SJSU broke Mountain West and school records the last time Life Pacific came to the Event Center and considering where the team is at offensively this season, those records could become short lived this afternoon.

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