The San Jose State Spartans blasted the Cal State Fullerton Titans 81-59 at the San Jose State Event Center Saturday afternoon.
Rashad Muhammad and Dylan Alexander led the Spartans (2-4) with 17 points apiece, followed by Devante Wilson’s 16 points. Forward Chris Cunningham added 13 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots for the Spartans. Jalen James and D.J. Brown dished out four assists each.
Michael Williams led the Titans (2-3) with 12 points with Richard Gentry chipping in 10 points. Williams also led the Titans in rebounding with six, while dishing out three assists.
The Spartans exploded for 14 straight points in the first half en route to a 49-19 lead at the intermission. SJSU opened the game with a 22-4 run and never looked back. The Spartans shot 9-of-19 behind the 3-point arc in the pivotal first half, with Wilson canning four of them, and Muhammad making three. Strangely enough, Muhammad scored all of his points in the first half, while Alexander did all of his damage in the scoring column in the second half.
Turnovers proved to be the difference as the Titans committed 13 with the Spartans committing only five.
San Jose State shot 37.3 percent (22-of-59) from the field, 39.3 percent (11-of-28) behind the 3-point line, and 76.5 percent (26-of-34) from the free throw line. The Spartans out-rebounded the Titans 40-37.
Cal State, Fullerton shot 37.0 percent (20-of-54) from the field, 41.7 percent (5-of-12) behind the 3-point line, and 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the free throw line.
The Spartans travel to Portland (3-2 pending Saturday’s game with North Texas) on Wednesday. Tipoff is 7 p.m. Pacific.