Dean debuts with 23 but EWU loses
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Adrian Oliver scored 29 points and Justin Graham hit a jump shot from the foul line with 6.1 seconds remaining to lift San Jose State to a 70-69 victory over Eastern Washington on Sunday.
Graham, who had a game-winning three-point play earlier in the season against Oregon, finished with 13 points for the Spartans (6-3).
Glen Dean, making his season debut after missing two months with a fractured foot, led the Eagles (2-6) with 23 points. Cliff Colimon, returning after missing two games with an ankle injury, added 13.
Dean gave the Eagles their first lead of the game, 67-66, when he hit two free throws with 1:46 left to play. Two more Dean free throws pushed Eastern Washington’s lead to three before Graham hit two from the line, cutting the lead to 69-68 with 56 seconds to play.
After a turnover by Eastern Washington with 24.7 seconds left, San Jose State called time out then worked the ball to Graham, who nailed the game-winner. Dean’s desperation shot from just over half court fell short as time expired.
Oliver, who entered the game averaging 25.0 points, scored 14 in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting as the Spartans built a 37-32 lead.
San Jose State extended its lead to 47-37, but Eastern Washington roared back with a 20-10 run to pull even at 57 with 7 minutes left.
Dean, the Big Sky’s freshman of the year last season, made an immediate impact, scoring 10 points in the first half.
This was the second meeting this season between the nonconference opponents. In the season opener for both on Nov. 12, Oliver scored 34 points as the Spartans prevailed 67-60 in Cheney.
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