San Jose State Closes Strong At Pepperdine, Gets First Win


Rashad Muhammad scored five points in a 48-second span to give the San Jose Spartans the lead in the final two minutes Wednesday night and the Spartans held on for their first win of the season, 83-77 over the Pepperdine Waves at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.

SANJOSESTATEGGSThe Spartans (1-4) trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but battled back after halftime, scoring 49 points after the break to hand the Waves (3-1) their first loss of the year.

Muhammad scored a layup with 2:44 remaining to tie the game at 75-75 and then splashed a 3-pointer with 1:56 to go to give San Jose State the lead for good.

Jaleel Williams scored a career-high 22 points and had eight rebounds for the Spartans and Devante Wilson added 20 points. Muhammad and D.J. Brown scored 14 points each off the bench for San Jose State, whose reserves outscored the Waves bench 34-6.

Chris Cunningham had a game-high 11 rebounds for the Spartans.

Brendan Lane had a game-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds and six blocked shots for Pepperdine and Stacy Davis finished with 20 points and nine boards. Nikolas Skouen scored 13 points and Heremy Major handed out nine assists.

The Spartans will play their home opener Saturday afternoon against Cal State Fullerton. Tipoff at the San Jose State Event Center is 12:30 p.m. Pacific.

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