Brandon Clarke scored a career-high 36 points on 16-of-22 shooting, adding five rebounds, assists and blocks, as the San Jose State Spartans outlasted the Air Force Falcons at Clune Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans maintained a good pace in the opening minutes of the first half. Glizzy Williams scored six points early in the game, contributing to a close 15-14 lead at 14:28. Cody Schwartz connected on his first two shots of the game and both teams were tied 18-18 at 11:53.
Clarke got in the mix, scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting by the 7:49 mark. Clarke finished the first half with 19 points. The Spartans carried a 45-42 lead over the Falcons into the locker room at halftime. Both teams shot 60 percent from the floor in the opening period.
With his 25th point, Clarke recorded back-to-back 25-point games at 11:53 of the second half. In 16 games this season, Clarke also matched his total number of blocks from last year.
Simply put, Clarke stole the show in the Spartans’ 89-85 road win over the Falcons. As a team, SJSU shot over 60 percent in the win for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
The Spartans return to San Jose to begin a two-game home-stand against the Wyoming Cowboys. The game is scheduled for Wednesday at 7:00 pm PST on Mountain West Network and KLIV 1590 AM.