|Final Road Trip Starts At UT Arlington Thursday|
Thurs., Feb. 28
UT Arlington (15-10, 9-5)
College Park Center, Arlington, Texas
7:00 p.m. CST
KSJS 90.5 FM
FINAL REGULAR-SEASON ROAD TRIP: San Jose State takes its final regular-season road trip this week with games at UT Arlington on Thursday and at #25 Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Both Western Athletic Conference games begin at 7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST.
San Jose State enters Thursday’s game with a 9-16 overall record and a 3-11 conference mark and have not played since February 16. That night, the Spartans fell at home to Denver, 62-41. LaVanne Pennington came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with eight points. Chris Cunningham added seven points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
LIVE STATS: All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”
RADIO COVERAGE: Thursday’s game will be broadcast on KSJS 90.5 FM. Justin Allegri will call the action with pregame show 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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ABOUT UT ARLINGTON: The Mavericks enter Thursday night’s game with a 15-10 overall record and a 9-5 WAC record, tying Utah State for fourth place in the conference standings. UT Arlington lost its last game to UC Irvine, 77-70, last Saturday night in a Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster game.
Head coach Scott Cross is in his seventh season at the helm of his alma mater.
Kevin Butler leads the team in scoring at 10.7 points per game, while Jordan Reves is the team leader in rebounding at 8.7 per game.
This is the second meeting between the two teams ever, the first coming on Janaury 26, at The Event Center when UT Arlington won 66-47.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: George Nessman is in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State. He has an 86-157 record in eight seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: LaVanne Pennington came off the bench and led San Jose State with eight points, and the Spartans committed 18 turnovers in a 62-41 loss to Denver at The Event Center on February 16.
Chris Cunningham and Xavier Jones each scored seven points for the Spartans. Cunningham grabbed 12 rebounds for his 11th game in double-figure rebounds.
The Spartans featured the ninth different starting lineup this season.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: As of games through Feb. 24, two Spartans rank in the top-100 in three categories. Chris Cunningham is tied for 41st in rebounds at 9.0 per game and tied for 93rd in double-doubles with 7. Alex Brown is tied for 73rd in blocked shots at 1.88 per game.
LOWEST POINT TOTALS IN OVER A YEAR: The Spartans have scored less than 40 points twice this season - 36 points against Utah State last week and 37 points at Denver. They are the lowest outputs since last season when 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.
LEADING SCORER OFF THE BENCH: Three times this season, a Spartan came off the bench to lead the team in scoring. The latest came in the loss to Denver on February 16, when LaVanne Pennington scored eight points off the bench in 26 minutes of action.
At Idaho, D.J. Brown came off the bench and scored a team-high 18 points in 31 minutes of action. He was 5-of-15 from the field including 3-of-8 from three-point range. Brown also dished out five assists and grabbed seven rebounds.
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.
Before this season, the last Spartan to come off the bench and lead the team in scoring was during the 2009-10 season. Robert Owens 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.
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS: Chris Cunningham leads the team with 226 rebounds and averages 9.0 per game, tying for 41st 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, nine offensive at Idaho and six offensive rebounds at UC Davis. He grabbed 18 rebounds at Idaho.
STARTING LINEUPS: After using just three different starting lineups in the first 15 games of the season, San Jose State has used seven different lineups in the past 10 games. The latest lineup against Denver was D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones, Louis Garrett, David Andoh and Chris Cunningham. Below are the lineups used this season.
#2 - D.J. Brown, Kinney, Garrett, Cunningham, A. Brown - 5-1
#3 - D.J. Brown, Pennington, Garrett, Cunningham, A. Brown - 0-3
#4 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Pennington, Cunningham, A. Brown - 0-3
#5 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Pennington, Smith, Cunningham - 0-1
#6 - Moor, X. Jones, Garrett, Andoh, Cunningham - 0-1
#7 - D.J. Brown, Moor, Garrett, Andoh, Cunningham - 0-1
#8 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Andoh, Cunningham, A. Brown - 0-1
#9 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Garrett, Andoh, Cunningham - 0-1
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL: Alex Brown alters shots on the court and has a team-best 47 blocks on the season. He had a season-high five blocks against Weber State and has blocked a least one shot in 20 games this season. He is third on the San Jose State single-season list with 47 blocks this season after passing Chris Oakes with two blocks at Idaho.
Brown needs two blocks to tie Menelik Barbary for second place with 49 blocks, but would have to block 15 shots to tie Gerald Thomas for the school record at 62.
BLOCKED SHOTS (Since 1979)
Name Season Games BS
1. Gerald Thomas 1988 29 62
2. Menelik Barbary 2007 30 49
3. Alex Brown 2013 25 47
4. Chris Oakes 2010 31 44
4. Darnell Williams 2000 30 43
6. Chris Oakes 2009 30 40
7. Menelik Barbary 2006 31 38
8. Chris McNealy 1983 28 34
9. Darnell Williams 2001 28 32
10. Marion Thurmond 2002 32 31
D.J. BROWN NO TURNOVERS: In five games this season, D.J. Brown has committed zero turnovers in a game - vs. Idaho (twice), at UC Davis and vs. Utah State (twice). Against Idaho, he dished out four assists and had three steals. At UC Davis, Brown had no turnovers in 35 minutes of action as he scored 12 points, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds. At Utah State, he led the team in scoring with 16 points and added two assists in 35 minutes of action. At Idaho, Brown scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists. Against Utah State, he added 16 points and had three steals.
CAREER BLOCKS LIST: With his 45 blocks, Alex Brown has already moved onto the San Jose State career blocks list. He is now ninth all-time in just 25 games played.
BLOCKED SHOTS (Since 1979)
Name Seasons G BS
1. Gerald Thomas 1984, 86-88 113 127
2. Chris Oakes 2008-10 83 111
3. Menelik Barbary 2006-07 61 87
4. Chris McNealy 1981-83 81 81
5. Darnell Williams 2000-01 58 75
6. Lance Holloway 2004, 06-08 87 58
7. Kevin Logan 1990-93 106 58
8. Mike Brotherton 1991, 93-95 104 55
9. Alex Brown 2013 25 47
10. Marion Thurmond 2001-02 60 44
FOUR STARTERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES: Four of the five Spartan starters scored in double figures in the win over New Orleans in January. 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.
GARRETT MAKING MOST OF HIS STARTS: After joining the starting lineup against James Madison, Louis Garrett has improved offensively. In the 12 games he started this season, Garrett is averaging 7.6 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 37.5 percent from the field in those 12 games (33-88). In the nine games he did not start, Garrett averaged just 2.9 points and shots 35 percent from the field.
SINGLE-DIGIT TURNOVERS: In five games in 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. At Utah State on January 11, the Spartans has just six turnovers. San Jose State tied its season low with five turnovers at Idaho on February 2.
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 97 assists on the season, 3.88 pg. He had 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 87 blocks, smashing last year’s total of 38 blocks in 31 games and 2010-11’s total of 82 blocks, and has had at least one block in 22 games. The season school record for blocks is 106 blocks in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Chris Cunningham has seven 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, 11 points and 14 rebounds at Texas State, 13 points and 10 rebounds against UT Arlington and 12 points and 11 rebounds at Seattle U.
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 finishes its final regular-season road trip with a game at WAC leader #25 Louisiana Tech Saturday night at 7 p.m. CST/5 p.m. PST.