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San Jose State snaps three-game losing skid with win over Washington State

The Spartans continued their three-game road trip with a Sunday matinee at Washington State.

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San Jose State is a much different team than two years when they met Washington State on the hardwood.

Both the Spartans and Cougars headed into Sunday's game after a loss. San Jose State tried to snap a five-game losing streak to Washington State when the ball went up.

The Spartans went on to defeat the Cougars 88-76 at Beasley Coliseum.

It started with Ryan Welage who had five of the first nine points for San Jose State at 14:50 of the first half. Terrell Brown made a transition layup to help the Spartans sustain the momentum. They led the Cougars by one at the media timeout midway through the first.

With just a little over seven minutes remaining in the first, Gary Williams knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game at 23-23. The Spartans went on a run to take a 44-38 lead over the Cougars at the half. Williams had 10 first-half points.

Williams began the second half by extending the Spartans' lead 48-38 with a dunk and a jumper. San Jose State continued to protect their lead midway through the second. Jalen James had seven second-half points to help keep the Spartans ahead of the Cougars.

Brandon Clarke notched his third double-double of the season. At the moment, Clarke has 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Spartans were up 64-53 with 7:01 left to play.

With the win, San Jose State snapped its three-game losing skid. Welage finished with 20 points for the Spartans.

The Spartans continue their road trip when they face the Idaho Vandals on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm PST on KLIV 1590 AM.