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Spartans Host Utah State: Game Preview

The San Jose State Spartans host the Utah State Aggies tonight at the Event Center.  The Spartans (9 – 13, 3 – 8 WAC) have been struggling on offense playing without leading scorer James Kinney.  The Spartans lost to Idaho 66 – 63 in Moscow, ID last Saturday.  The Aggies (16 – 5, 7 – 4 WAC) defeated Seattle 68 – 46 on the road last Saturday.

The Aggies are led in scoring by Preston Medlin (16.3 points per game), Jarred Shaw (13.5 ppg), Kyisean Reed (12.1 ppg), and Spencer Butterfield (10.6 ppg).  Shaw leads the Aggies in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game, followed by Reed (6.5 rpg) and Butterfield (5.8 rpg).  Medlin dishes out 3.2 assists per game to lead the Bulldogs, while Marcel Davis chips in 3.1 apg.

Utah State shoots 47.5 percent from the field, 38.2 percent behind the 3-point line, and 72.3 percent from the free throw line.

If James Kinney remains inactive, the Spartans will lean heavily on Chris Cunningham (10.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg) to provide both offense and rebounding.  DJ Brown will provide points and playmaking (9.3 ppg, 4.2 apg), with LaVanne Pennington (6.8 ppg) and Alex Brown (5.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 blocks per game) filling out the lineup.  Kinney’s scoring average of 20.6 ppg will be missed.

The Spartans shoot 38.7 percent from the field, 31.7 percent behind the 3-point line, and 65.5 percent from the free throw line.

With Kinney out, the Spartans must reduce the number of possessions in the game, play tough defense, hang around within striking distance near the end of the game, get the home crowd into the game, and hope they knock down a few shots to close out an upset victory.

Tip off is 7 pm Pacific time.

Tags: Alex Brown Chris Cunningham College Basketball DJ Brown Event Center James Kinney Jarred Shaw Kyisean Reed Marcel Davis NCAA Preston Medlin San Jose State Spartans Spencer Butterfield Utah State Aggies

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