I found out one discouraging thing last night. The SJSU fan base does not spread wide enough throughout the country to allow any major internet sites to carry live broadcasts or even internet play by play of my beloved team. Therefore I am relegated to pulling up the scores (in the full scoreboard section of Yahoo or ESPN) and tracking my games that way. It's okay though because that's what a real die hard fan does I guess.
And speaking of discouraging, things didn't get much better when the games got underway at 9:05 CST last night. The SJSU Spartan men kept within spitting distance (insert Seberson joke here) and cut Nevada's lead to two with 16 minutes left in the game, but then they let it get away as the Wolf Pack went on a 19-5 run and went on to win 89-66. CJ Webster had a good showing in a losing effort for the Spartans as he scored 22 points and brought down a Charles Barkley-esque 12 rebounds. The loss drops the Spartans to 13-15 on the season and to 6-9 in WAC play and drops them even further out of contention for a place in everyone's second favorite post season tournament, the Men's NIT.
On the Women's side, the end margin wasn't as big, but as my oh-so-cheerful high school synchronized swimming coach always told me, a loss is a loss. The Lady Spartans (if that's possible) went into halftime only down three points to the Lady Aggies of Utah State. However, they let the gap widen (Manuel, keep your mind on basketball please) throughout the second half and ended up on the short end of a 62-51 finish. The one bright spot for the Lady Spartans was the play of Senior guard Natalie White from Dubuque, IA. She ended the day 7-9 shooting with 19 total points. This brings the Lady Spartans regular season to a conclusion that couldn't come quick enough . They finish with a very disappointing 2-27 overall record and 1-15 in WAC competition with their only wins coming in a 49-48 nailbiter vs Sacramento St. back in November and 54-50 trouncing or Hawaii in early January. As pessimistic as this may sound, I just don't think the Lady Spartans have the resume to be considered for everyone's FAVORITE post season tournament, the Women's NIT, and unless they have some un-paralleled run in the WAC tournament to get a very unprobable berth in the Women's NCAA tourney they will be put out of their misery very soon.
Checking out for the day. Have a great weekend and Go Spartans!