|Men's Basketball At UC Davis Wednesday Night|
Wed., Dec. 5 UC Davis (1-4)
The Pavilion, Davis, Calif. 7:00 p.m. PST
SPARTANS LOOKING TO GO OVER .500: After an 82-74 win at Montana State last Saturday, San Jose State comes into Wednesday night’s game at UC Davis with a 3-3 record and looks to go above .500 for the first time this season. The Aggies (one of three teams with the nickname the Spartans face this season) are 1-4 on the season and are playing their first home game since November 20. The game features two of the top-20 scorers in the nation with the Spartans’ James Kinney at 22.8 per game and the Aggies’ Corey Hawkins at 21.4 per game.
LIVE STATS: All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”
RADIO COVERAGE: All San Jose State men’s basketball broadcasts will be on KSJS, 90.5 FM. Saturday games will also be broadcast on KLIV 1590 AM. A complete listing of those games can be found on page 3. The pregame show for games on KLIV will start 30 minutes prior to tip, while KSJS-only games will have a 15-minute pregame show.
VIDEO COVERAGE: All home San Jose State games will be available on the Gold Zone on the Spartan website at www.sjsuspartans.com, for a nominal fee. The UC Davis will be streamed live at http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=16368.
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PARKING: Parking for all fans is available in the Seventh Street Garage, located on the corner of Seventh and San Salvador Streets, for $5, cash only.
TOY DRIVE AT UC DAVIS: For Spartan fans heading to Davis for the game on Wednesday, UC Davis is pairing up with Toys for Tots to host a holiday toy drive. Any fan that donates a toy has the option to purchase GA seats for five dollars.
ABOUT UC DAVIS: The Aggiess enter Wednesday night’s game with a 1-4 overall record. The team fell at Idaho, 73-66, this past Saturday night. The Aggies only win of the season came at Sacramento State, 87-76, on November 20.
Head coach Jim Les is in his second season at the school after spending nine years as the head coach at Bradley University. He played four seasons in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings.
Three players average double figures in points, led by Corey Hawkins at 21.4 points per game, good for 15th in the country. Ryan Sypkens is averaging 17.4 points, while J.T. Adenrele averages 10.0 points per game. Ryan Howley is the team’s top rebounder at 11.2 per game.
San Jose State holds a 13-7 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams played in San Jose last season, with the Spartans winning 79-59 on December 20, 2011. Five Spartans scored in double figures, led by James Kinney with 24 points.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: George Nessman begins in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State. He has an 80-144 record in eight seasons with the Spartans.
LAST TIME OUT: The Spartans won 82-74 at Montana State last Saturday, led by James Kinney with 23 points to lead all scorers. He was 9-of-16 from the field including 3-of-8 from three-point range and added two assists and two steals.
Chris Cunningham recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and a team-best 10 rebounds. He was 6-of-11 from the field and added a block in 34 minutes of action.
D.J Brown finished the game with 10 points, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He missed a double-double by one assist as Brown dished out a career-best nine in the game. Brown made key free throws down the stretch for the Spartans in the win. One of the only blemishes of the game for Brown was his first missed free throw of the year after making his first 16.
The Spartans made a slight change to their starting lineup on Saturday, as Louis Garrett replaced Chris Jones and finished with seven points and a blocked shot in 19 minutes of play.
LaVanne Pennington came off the bench for the Spartans and added 11 points and four rebounds. Alex Brown added nine points, three rebounds and a blocked shot. He was also 3-for-4 from the free throw line.
KINNEY SCORES 30 ON KANSAS: James Kinney was the first player this season to score 30 points on Kansas. He scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half of the game and was 11-of-26 from the field including 4-for-12 from three-point range. The last player to score 30 or more points on Kansas was J’Covan Brown of Texas who scored 33 points on March 3, 2012.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: In the second release of national statistic leaders on December 3, four Spartans rank in the top-75 in six categories. James Kinney is sixth in scoring at 22.8 points per game and tied for 11th in steals at 3.0 per game. D.J. Brown is tied for eighth in field throw percentage at 95.2. Chris Cunningham is tied for 32nd in rebounds at 9.5 per game and tied for 60th in double-doubles with 2. Alex Brown is tied for 51st in blocked shots at 2.17 per game.
As a team, the Spartans are 16th in three-point percentage at 43.1 percent, 52nd in blocked shots at 4.8 per game, 68th in rebound margin at 5.3 and 75th in scoring offense at 74.0 per game.
KINNEY ADDS TO THE “30” CLUB: With his 30 points at #10 Kansas, James Kinney is one of 13 Spartans to score 30 points in a game in school history. The 13 players have scored 30 points in a game 18 times, the last by Kinney last season against UTSA on Nov. 30, 2011.
Kinney was one point shy of his career high of 31 points scored at Seattle U last season. He is tied for fourth all-time in 30+-point games with three. Adrian Oliver scored 30 or more points in 17 games during his Spartan career.
Number of Games Scoring 30 or More Points
1. Adrian Oliver 17
2. Ricky Berry 9
3. Olivier Saint-Jean 8
4. James Kinney 3
Wally Rank 3
EVENT CENTER RECORD TIED: With nine blocks against UC Santa Cruz, the Spartans tied an Event Center record for most blocks in a game. Alex Brown and Jaleel Williams each recorded two blocks.
9 Blocks by the Spartans at The Event Center
vs. UC Santa Cruz, November 20, 2012
vs. Utah State, January 5, 2006
vs. UC Santa Barbara, November 24, 1999
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS: Chris Cunningham leads the team with 57 rebounds and averages 9.5 per game, tying for 22nd in the country. He has led the Spartans in rebounding the past three games with 18 against UC Santa Cruz , 11 at #10 Kansas and 10 at Montana State. He has grabbed five offensive rebounds against UC Santa Cruz and Kansas.
FINAL ROAD GAME OF THREE: The UC Davis game marks the final road game of this three-game stretch over 10 days. The Spartans started with a loss at #10 Kansas (70-57) last Monday, November 26, followed by a win at Montana State (82-74) this past Saturday.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Two Spartans have recorded double-doubles this season. Chris Cunningham has two double-doubles on the season as he led the Spartans with 19 points and 18 rebounds in a win over UC Santa Cruz. He added 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Montana State.
James Kinney scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 36 minutes played against Houston. The 10 rebounds are the most he has collected in his Spartan career.
THIS CLOSE TO DOUBLE-DOUBLE: D.J. Brown was just one assist short of his first career double-double at Montana State. He ended the game with a career-best nine assists in the win, seven by halftime, and added 10 points. Brown finished the game 5-of-6 from the free throw line and grabbed six rebounds.
GARRETT MAKES FIRST START: Louis Garrett made his first start in a Spartan uniform at Montana State. He scored seven points and had a block in 19 minutes of action. Garrett has played in five games this season and scored seven points against Weber State. He also had a key three-pointer, a bank shot from the top of the circle, at #10 Kansas during the Spartans 16-0 run in the second half.
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL: Alex Brown alters shots on the court and has a team-best 13 blocks on the season. He had a season-best five blocks against Weber State and has blocked a least one shot in every game this season.
PENNINGTON SOLID CONTRIBUTOR OFF BENCH: Senior guard LaVanne Pennington is averaging 6.4 points per game coming off the bench for San Jose State. He scored a career-best 13 points in the loss at New Orleans. He was 6-for-10 from the field including 1-for-3 from three-point range. Pennington added 11 points at Montana State where he was 3-for-6 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
SPARTANS VS. TOP-20: San Jose State has just four wins against top-20 foes in school history. The last win came against Alabama when the Crimson Tide were ranked 19th in the Associated Press poll. On Dec. 27, 1996, San Jose State posted a 60-59 overtime win in the Comerica Cable Car Classic.
VANKIRK MAKES MOST OF PLAYING TIME: After suffering a dislocated patella in October on his right knee, Mike VanKirk has seen action in the past two games. After playing just four minutes against UC Santa Cruz, he saw 19 minutes of action at #10 Kansas. VanKirk scored two points, grabbed five rebounds and had three steals in the game.
THREE GAMES BY 4 PTS OR LESS: The Spartans started the 2012-13 season with three games that were four points or less. The Spartans lost by four points at New Orleans, lost by two points to Houston, and needed overtime to defeat Weber State by one point.
GRIEVES TAKES ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITY: Nick Grieves made the most of his first appearance of the season against UC Santa Cruz. In 11 minutes of action, he attempted eight three-point field goals, making six including three in a span of 58 seconds. Grieves ended the game with 18 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE: All-session tickets for the 2013 WAC Basketball Tournament set for March 12-16 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., are available for purchase through the Spartan Athletics Ticket Office.
All-session tickets include access to each men’s and women’s tournament game, totaling 18 games in 10 sessions.
UP NEXT: San Jose State returns home for one of its two home games this month. The Spartans face Sacramento State this Saturday, December 8, at 4:30 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader with the women who face Southern Utah starting at 2 p.m.