|Men's Basketball Faces UT Arlington Saturday Night|
Sat., Jan. 26
UT Arlington (9-8, 4-4)
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
7:00 p.m. PST
KLIV 1590 AM/KSJS 90.5 FM
SPARTANS HOST MAVERICKS: San Jose State plays its second home game of the week Saturday night against UT Arlington in a Western Athletic Conference game. This is the first meeting ever between the two teams. The Mavericks are undefeated on the road in WAC play with wins at UTSA (75-67), Texas State (91-74) and Utah State (74-68). The Spartans are 5-4 at The Event Center and have five more home games after Saturday’s game.
San Jose State enters the game with a 9-10 overall record and a 3-5 conference record. The team is now sixth in the WAC standings, right behind UT Arlington. The Spartans lost to WAC-leader Louisiana Tech, 76-54, Thursday night. Aalim Moor came off the bench to lead the team with a career-best 14 points.
LIVE STATS: All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”
RADIO COVERAGE: Saturday’s game will be broadcast on KLIV 1590 AM as well as KSJS 90.5 FM. Justin Allegri will call the action. The pregame show on KLIV will start 30 minutes prior to tip. All San Jose State men’s basketball broadcasts will be on KSJS, 90.5 FM, with pregame shows during the week starting 15 minutes prior to tip.
VIDEO COVERAGE: All home San Jose State games are available on the Gold Zone on the Spartan website at www.sjsuspartans.com, for a nominal fee.
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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.
PROMOTIONS FOR SATURDAY: Saturday night is Military Appreciation Night. The colors will be presented before the game by the U.S. Army. Fans are also encouraged to wear red, white and blue for a chance to win a longboard.
ABOUT UT ARLINGTON: The Mavericks enter Saturday night’s game with a 9-8 overall record and 4-4 WAC mark. The team is currently fifth in the conference standings after winning at Utah State, 74-68, Thursday night. Five players scored in double figures for the Mavericks. UT Arlington leads the WAC and is 28th nationally in field percentage - defense, holding opponents to just 31.9 percent from the field and has held 11 opponents to 40 percent or less from the field.
Head coach Scott Cross is in his seventh season at the helm of his alma mater.
No player averages in double figures for UT Arlington. Kevin Butler leads the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game, while Jordan Reves is the team leader in rebounding at 8.7 per game.
This is the first meeting between the two teams.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: George Nessman is in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State. He has an 86-151 record in eight seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: Aalim Moor scored a career-high 14 points, but that was not enough to stop conference-leading Louisiana Tech from winning 76-54 over San Jose State Thursday night at The Event Center.. Moor was 6-for-12 from the field and dished out a team-best four assists in 17 minutes of play.
The Spartans led just once in the game, 7-5 early in the first half, and trailed 28-23 at halftime. San Jose State never got closer than 39-33 in the final 20 minutes. Louisiana Tech led by as many as 23 points on two occasions in the final five minutes of the game.
D.J. Brown was the only other Spartan in double-figure scoring with 11 and added two assists and a steal.
The Spartans shot 40.0 percent from the field, their best percentage in the last five games. Louisiana Tech was just slightly better at 44.6 percent. The Bulldogs were decidedly better on the boards with a 40-25 advantage and were able to penetrate San Jose State's man-to-man defense either for offense boards or in-close looks at the basket.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: As of games through Jan. 20, two Spartans rank in the top-80 in three categories. Chris Cunningham is tied for 71st in rebounds at 8.4 per game and tied for 78th in double-doubles with 5. Alex Brown is tied for 41st in blocked shots at 2.22 per game.
BACK TO SEA LEVEL: San Jose State returned home to 85’ elevation this week after playing the past three road games at elevations above 4,000 feet. San Jose State started at Utah State (4,534 feet) on Jan. 11, followed by a game at Denver (5,183 feet) on Jan. 17 and at Las Cruces (4,000 feet) on Jan. 19.
LEADING SCORER OFF THE BENCH: Against Louisiana Tech, Aalim Moor came off the San Jose State bench and led the team in scoring with a career-high 14 points. He was 6-for-12 from the field and dished out a career-best four assists in 17 minutes of action.
Moor is the first Spartan since the 2009-10 season to come off the bench and lead the team in scoring in a game. The last Spartan to come off the bench and lead the team was Robert Owens who scored 22 points in a 59-55 win over Pacific on November 28, 2009. He was 8-of-12 from the field including 6-of-8 from three-point range.
LOWEST POINT TOTAL IN OVER A YEAR: With 37 points at Denver, San Jose State had its lowest scoring output since the team scored 40 points in a 47-40 loss to Cal Poly last season (Dec. 10, 2011). The Spartans also scored just 36 points in an 81-36 loss at California on Dec. 7, 2011.
FOUR STARTERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES, NONE NAMED KINNEY: For the first time this season, four of the five Spartan starters scored in double figures in the win over New Orleans. What makes this note even more unique is that none of the players in double figures were named James Kinney. It was the first time this season that Kinney did not score 12 or more points. Louis Garrett led the team with 14 points, followed by Alex Brown and D.J. Brown each with 13 points and Chris Cunningham with 11 points.
STARTING LINEUPS: The Spartans have used four starting lineups this season. The most recent lineup includes D.J. Brown, LaVanne Pennington, Louis Garrett, Chris Cunningham and Alex Brown. This lineup was also used against James Madison. For three games, the lineup consisted of D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones, LaVanne Pennington, Chris Cunningham and Alex Brown. The six games featured D.J. Brown, James Kinney, Louis Garrett, Cunningham and Alex Brown. This lineup was also used at Montana State, and the team is 5-2 with these starters. Chris Jones started eight of the first nine games this season.
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS: Chris Cunningham leads the team with 160 rebounds and averages 8.4 per game, tying for 71st in the country. He had five consecutive games with double-digit rebounds - 18 against UC Santa Cruz , 11 at #10 Kansas, 10 at Montana State and at UC Davis and 17 against Sacramento State. Cunningham grabbed 10 offensive rebounds against the Hornets, six offensive rebounds at UC Davis and five offensive rebounds against UC Santa Cruz and Kansas.
WINNING STREAK: The Spartans had a three-game winning streak in early December, the longest for the program since the 2010-11 season. That year, the team won four straight home games in the middle of February - Montana State (77-73), Weber State (62-46), New Mexico State (72-70 OT) and Louisiana Tech (72-60).
WIPING THE GLASS CLEAN: The Spartans grabbed a season-high 59 rebounds in the win over Sacramento State. The team outrebounded the Hornets, 59-34. Chris Cunningham led the team with 17 boards including 10 offensive rebounds. Nine of the 10 players who saw action had at least one rebound.
SINGLE-DIGIT TURNOVERS: In three of the first six games of 2013, San Jose State committed nine or fewer turnovers in a game. Against Idaho on January 3, the Spartans had a season-low five turnovers. Then against New Orleans on January 8, San Jose State had nine turnovers. In the game at Utah State on January 11, the Spartans has just six turnovers.
DISHING OUT THE ROCK: D.J. Brown came within one assist of tying the San Jose State Event Center record when he recorded 11 assists in a win over Seattle U. He dished out assists to four different players in the game - James Kinney (4), Louis Garrett (3), Chris Cunningham (2) and LaVanne Pennington (2).
Brown leads the Spartans with 82 assists on the season, 4.3 per game. He previous high was nine assists at Montana State and Sacramento State.
MORE BLOCKS THIS YEAR: San Jose State’s added height is paying dividends this season, especially defensively. The team has recorded 71 blocks, surpassing last year’s total of 38 blocks in 31 games, and has had at least one block in 18 games. The 2010-11 team had 82 blocks. The season school record for blocks is 106 blocks in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.
Individually, Alex Brown leads the team with 40 blocks and has at least one in 17 games. The individual season record is 62 set by Gerald Thomas in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.
BEST START TO WAC SEASON: San Jose State began the WAC season with one of the best starts since joining the conference in 1996-97. With the 3-1 start, it was the best beginning since the 1998-99 season when San Jose State opened the WAC season with a 2-1 record with a win over Fresno State (91-64), loss to #16 New Mexico (82-81 OT) and win over UTEP (64-63 OT), all at home.
The last time San Jose State went 4-1 to start a conference season was 1987-88, when the Spartans played in the Big West Conference under head coach Bill Berry. That season, the Spartans started with wins at Fresno State (69-67) and Pacific (79-74) before falling to New Mexico State at home (76-65). The team then rebounded with a home win against Long Beach State (80-79) and at UC Santa Barbara (67-61).
The last three-game WAC winning streak for San Jose State came during the 2009-10 season when San Jose State defeated Louisiana Tech (87-76), New Mexico State (93-84) and Hawaii (83-60) during a stretch of home games in January 2010.
PENNINGTON MADE MOST OF FIRST START: Senior guard LaVanne Pennington started his first game of the season against James Madison and led the team in scoring with a career-best 16 points, including 3-for-7 from three-point range and 3-of-3 from the free thow line. Pennington played just 26 minutes as a leg cramp kept him out of the final eight minutes of the game.
Pennington has now started five games including the past four. He is averaging 7.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He scored 16 points at UTSA where he was 4-for-7 from three-point range and 16 points at New Mexico State. Pennington added 13 points at New Orleans and 11 points at Montana State.
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL: Alex Brown alters shots on the court and has a team-best 40 blocks on the season. He had a season-best five blocks against Weber State and has blocked a least one shot in 17 games this season.
GARRETT MAKING MOST OF HIS STARTS: After joining the starting lineup full-time against James Madison, Louis Garrett proved offensively why he should be there. In the eight games he has started this season, Garrett is averaging 9.4 points. He scored a season-best 21 points in a win over Seattle U and led the team in scoring with 16 points at Texas State and 14 points against New Orleans. Garrett is shooting 51 percent from the field in those seven games (27-53). In the eight games he did not start, Garrett averaged just 4.0 points and shot 37.5 percent from the field.
WAC OPENERS: For the third consecutive year, the Spartans opened the WAC season on the road. This year, the team started with a 72-55 win at Texas State. In 2012, the team lost at Hawaii, 82-69, on January 7. The 2010-11 season found San Jose State opening the WAC schedule at Fresno State with a loss, 75-62, on December 29.
TWO SHOOTERS, 20+POINTS EACH: For the first time this season, two Spartan players scored 20 or more points in a game. Against Seattle U, James Kinney led all scorers with 26 points, while Louis Garrett scored a season-best 21 points. Each player was 3-for-6 from three-point range and made seven field goals a piece. Garrett was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line, and Kinney was 9-of-12 from the charity stripe.
Last year, the Spartans had two games with two players scoring 20+points in a game - Hawaii (H), Wil Carter 22 points, Kinney 21 points; Fresno State (H) Carter 23 points, Keith Shamburger 21 points.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES: Xavier Jones and Chris Jones (no relation) each came off the bench and scored season bests of 11 points against James Madison. Xavier was 4-for-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line in 19 minutes of action. Chris was 4-for-9 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes of play.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Two Spartans have recorded double-doubles this season. Chris Cunningham has five 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, 12 points and 10 rebounds at UC Davis, 10 points and 17 rebounds against Sacramento State and 11 points and 14 rebounds at Texas 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.
The Spartan season record is 13 double-doubles, set by Coby Dietrick during the 1969-70 season.
2013 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2013 WAC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 12 and 14-16 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. All 10 team advance to the tournament, with teams 7-10 playing on the 12th, and the eight remaining teams in the tournament playing on the 14th. The championship game will be shown live on ESPNU on the 16th at 8 p.m. PST.
UP NEXT: San Jose State goes back on the road for two more WAC games. This time, the Spartans stay in the Pacific Time Zone, with games at Seattle U on Thursday, January 31, and at Idaho on Saturday, February 2. Both games begin at 7 p.m. PST.
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