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San Jose State overtakes Washington State in 88-76 win

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Given the same set of circumstances a year ago, San Jose State coach Dave Wojcik figured his team would have let the game slip away.

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.

''This year we showed some maturity and finished it off,'' Wojcik said. "We did a good job all the way around. That's what you've got to do to beat a Pac-12 team.''

The Spartans outrebounded the Cougars 50-39.

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.

''Even though the building was empty and there wasn't a lot of energy in the building, I thought they showed great composure,'' Washington State coach Ernie Kent said.

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 Josh Hawkinson's last miss into a 3 by Jalen James at the other end, and pushed the Spartan lead back to 10.

''We just lacked urgency the whole time,'' Washington State guard Malachi Flynn said.

Welage hit a deep 3-pointer with 8:30 remaining, which lifted San Jose State up 13 points - its largest lead was 16.

''We're always talking to (Welage) about defending and rebounding,'' Wojcik said. ''He has a double-double. . that's what I'm most proud of. He made some big shots, it's a hell of a night for him.''

In the early going, the teams traded leads.

Hawkinson scored a quick seven points, including a corner 3-pointer, putting Washington State up 12-9, with 13:57 left in the opening half. He led WSU with 19 points and 12 boards.

''We've just got to get back to playing our kind of basketball, we're not there right now,'' Kent said. ''It's not Xs and Os. It's a sense of togetherness, bonding, passion - all of those things.''

Flynn tied his season-high with 18 points and Ike Iroegbu had 15 for the Cougars.

The Spartans beat the Cougars for the first time since 1990. Washington State had won the past five meetings.

BIG PICTURE

Washington State: The Cougars took their lumps in the Paradise Jam, with losses to No. 22 Creighton and Loyola-Chicago, and flopped in their first game back home. After finishing at the bottom of the Pac-12 last season, WSU is still searching for early momentum before Pac-12 play begins.

San Jose State: The Spartans, picked to finish last in the Mountain West, pick up a big first road win of the season against a Pac-12 opponent.

UP NEXT

Washington State plays Utah Valley on Wednesday in Pullman, the second of a four-game homestand that also includes games against New Orleans and Idaho. The Cougars also face Big 12 opponent Kansas State on Dec. 7.

San Jose State heads eight miles east to face Idaho on Tuesday. It will be the last of a three-game road trip before returning home Dec. 3 to face Northern California neighbor Santa Clara.

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away team logo San Jose St. 4-27 65.9 PPG 40.1 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo Wash. State 11-21 74.8 PPG 36.2 RPG 14.9 APG
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