SJSU looking for historic win vs. Navy

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SJSU looking for historic win vs. Navy

The SJSU football team is experiencing one if its best starts to a season in recent history. This weekend, the team will travel to Annapolis, Md. and with a win over Navy, will dabble into the schools all-time record books.The program has never won a game on the East Coast neither has it ever won four games in the month of September. A win Saturday will accomplish both feats for the program that has seen a great amount of improvement this season.Many of our kids have never been to the East Coast in their lives, said head coach Mike MacIntyre, so it will be a great experience all the way around but the most important experience will be going out there and giving all we have to win the football game.The Spartans are a motivated and inspired team coming off a 38-34 win on the road over favored San Diego State this past Saturday. In order for SJSU to grasp its second road win of the season, the defense will need to do a better job stopping the oppositions run game something it did not do well at all against San Diego State.RELATED: SJSU kick returner wins WAC special teams award
Against the Aztecs, the Spartan run defense allowed 271 yards on 55 attempts. This weekend, it will face a triple-option Navy offense coming off a very productive and efficient game in the teams 41-3 over Virginia Military Institute. The Midshipmen run game, which ranks 10th in the nation with 265.7 yards per game, racked up 403 yards on the ground against VMI.MacIntyre knows his run defense will need to step up this Saturday.This week, well have to do our responsibilities and have to make the open field tackles, he said adding, We just need to tackle better, but the running backs have a say in that as well.The triple-option features senior running back Gee Gee Green, sophomore fullback Noah Copeland and junior quarterback Trey Miller, in ranking order of the teams top rushing leaders. Still, the offense cant be predicted to run through either of those three. Eight other offensive players have contributed to 292 yards rushing through the triple-option offense.You cant follow the football, thats what they want you to do with all the deception, MacIntyre said.They have a lot of different schemes. Certain blocking schemes happen and certain guards pull and certain backs are going certain places and when they come to block you have to either fit inside or outside and you have to realize that quick.MacIntyre said forcing the Navy run game to turn the ball over will be crucial to both stopping the Midshipmen offense and winning the game.They kind of methodically go down the field we have to be able to cause turnovers, he said. Thats how youre able to stop an option team. They put the ball on the ground and youre able to hop on it.MacIntyre also said that Navys passing game, which is ranked 118th in the nation, cannot be counted out to contribute to moving the ball against the Spartan defense.They are a better passing team than they were in previous years, he said. I know theyll try and establish the run and do that, but I do know theyll try to exploit us in the passing game as well.We have to fit the run and react to the pass. The offensive line does a good job in selling the run and then all of a sudden its a pass. We have to be aware or else someone is going to pop right up.The team will spend an hour on Friday touring some of the local historical sights in Washington D.C., something MacIntyre said is important for his players to do. He added the tourism wont distract the team at all, in fact he think it could do the opposite.It will make us more focused on being proud of being an American, really, he said. Proud to be able to play the game of football, to go to school and live in a free country. Afterwards, well get into our same routine and go from there.

Four players score in double figures, Stanford takes down Oregon State

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Four players score in double figures, Stanford takes down Oregon State

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STANFORD -- Even though Stanford has been buried in the lower half of the Pac-12 standings all season, Reid Travis isn't so sure his team is an underdog against No. 6 Oregon.

That might be a stretch considering the Ducks are making a run at the conference title but that didn't seem to matter to Travis.

"The way we're playing now is great for this time of year," Travis said following Stanford's 79-66 win over Oregon State on Wednesday. "I feel like we're really taking off. Even though our record doesn't reflect it I really do feel that we're one of the top teams so take that as you want to."

Travis had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead four players in double figures. Marcus Allen also scored 17, Dorian Pickens added 15 and Robert Cartwright had 10 as the Cardinal beat the Beavers for the 21st time in the last 23 games between the two teams at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford (14-13, 6-9 Pac-12) led by as many as 25 but had to hold on after Oregon State (5-24, 1-15) pulled within 74-63 with 3:28 left on JaQuori McLaughlin's 3-pointer.

Allen and Pickens scored back-to-back buckets for Stanford, and after Stephen Thompson's putback for Oregon State, Pickens made a 3-pointer.

"We're pointing in the right direction on both ends of the floor," Allen said. "Guys are getting good looks . and on defense we're more active. Hopefully that continues."

Drew Eubanks had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Oregon State. Gligorije Rakocevic added a season-high 16 points for the Beavers, who couldn't follow up after beating Utah last week for their first conference win of the season.

Stanford built a quick double-digit lead despite a strong start by Rakocevic. The 6-foot-11-foot center, averaging 3.8 points going into the game, matched his season high in the first half while scoring 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting.

The Cardinal countered with a more balanced attack after adjusting to the Beavers' zone defense. Travis, Allen, Cartwright and Pickens combined for 32 points in the first half to help Stanford take a 43-33 lead.

The Cardinal also controlled the boards while outscoring the Beavers 46-22 in the paint.

"For us to be at our best we're going to score from the free throw line, like we did in the Cal game, or score around the basket," Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. "Smash-mouth is a football term but if it was a basketball term I think that would be a good word for us."

Travis got Stanford going again after halftime and helped push the Cardinal lead to 69-44.

Eubanks nearly brought Oregon State back. He scored 17 points in the second half, including 13 of the Beavers' first 20.

BIG PICTURE

Oregon State: The Beavers hopes of winning back-to-back games for the first time since beating Prairie View A&M and Texas-San Antonio to open the season didn't last long. They didn't play poorly - Oregon State shot close to 47 percent most of the night - but couldn't match Stanford's run coming out of halftime and never recovered.

Stanford: The win pushed the Cardinal into a tie for seventh place in the Pac-12, still nowhere near enough to get a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The outcome was never in doubt, but Haase was concerned about Stanford's mental approach.

DOUBLE TECHS

Eubanks and Travis were both hit with technical fouls after a heated exchange in the second half. Although no punches were thrown, Eubanks suffered a bloody nose during the incident and had to be treated near the Beavers' bench.

"We're trying to go at each other as hard as possible so of course there's different plays where a lot of contact happens," Travis said. "I like that. That's how competitors act and we just moved on from it. Unfortunately they called a technical on both of us. I'd like to see us play on in that sense."

UP NEXT

Oregon State: Plays at California on Friday night.

Stanford: Hosts No. 6 Oregon on Saturday in the final regular season home at Maples Pavilion this year. The Ducks beat the Cardinal 69-52 on Jan. 21.

Cal blows huge halftime lead, dropped by Oregon on Brooks' game-winner

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Cal blows huge halftime lead, dropped by Oregon on Brooks' game-winner

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BERKELEY -- Dylan Brooks hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds to play to cap a comeback from 16 points down and No. 6 Oregon beat California 68-65 on Wednesday night to keep its hopes alive for a Pac-12 title.

The Ducks (25-4, 14-2) trailed by 16 points early in the second half and were down 10 with just over 4 minutes left before rallying for the win that moved them a half-game behind Arizona for first place in the conference. Oregon holds the tiebreaker.

Brooks led the Ducks with 22 points and Chris Boucher added 18.

Jabari Bird scored 20 points to lead the way for the Golden Bears (18-9, 9-6), whose hopes for an NCAA Tournament berth were dealt a big blow with this loss.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Boucher, Dylan Ennis and Payton Pritchard cut Cal's 10-point lead to one with just under 3 minutes left. Boucher then gave the Ducks their first lead of the game with a layup that made it 62-61 with 1:48 to go.

Grant Mullins and Brooks traded jumpers before Bird missed a contested 3-pointer with 28 seconds to go. Tyler Dorsey hit one free throw before Ivan Rabb tied the game with a putback of his own miss with 9.7 seconds to play.

That set the stage for Brooks, who hit the 3 that set off a wild celebration for the Ducks.

BIG PICTURE

Oregon: The Ducks finished the season undefeated at home where they have a nation's best 42-game winning streak. They need to prove they can win away from home if they want to have success in the postseason. This comeback win was a start but the task will only get tougher in the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournaments.

California: The Bears had been seeking a signature win to boost their hopes for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. But they blew the lead and a chance at that win as they fell to 1-6 against ranked teams with the only win coming last month at then-No. 25 USC. Cal could get another shot at a top team next month in the Pac-12 Tournament.

UP NEXT

Oregon: Visits Stanford on Saturday.

California: Hosts Oregon State on Friday.