|Men's Basketball Hosts UTSA Thursday Night|
Thurs., March 7
UTSA (8-20, 3-13)
The Event Center
San Jose, Calif.
7:00 p.m. PST
KSJS 90.5 FM
FINAL HOME GAMES BEGIN WITH UTSA: San Jose State plays its final two regular-season games this week, starting with UTSA Thursday night at The Event Center. The Spartans then host Texas State on Saturday to conclude the Western Athletic Conference schedule. San Jose State started the WAC portion of the schedule playing at Texas State and UTSA to close out 2012. The Spartans and Roadrunners are currently tied with Seattle U for eighth-place in the standings.
San Jose State enters Saturday’s game with a 9-18 overall record and a 3-13 conference mark. The Spartans fell at #25 Louisiana Tech, 88-61, this past Saturday night. Xavier Jones led the team with 14 points, while Chris Cunningham and D.J. Brown each had 10 points.
LIVE STATS: All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”
PROMOTIONS: Promotions for Thursday night’s game include an autograph session after the game with the team, free mouse pads and soft drinks for the first 200 in the door and a three-point shooting contest at halftime.
RADIO COVERAGE: Thursday’s game will be broadcast on KSJS 90.5 FM. Justin Allegri and Alex Scott 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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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.
ABOUT UTSA: The Roadrunners enter Thursday night’s game with an 8-20 overall record and 3-13 WAC mark. The team has won three of its last four games and split two games last week, defeating Idaho 74-56, but falling to Seattle U 53-37.
Head coach Brooks Thompson is in his seventh year at the school.
Three players average in double figures, led by Kannon Burrage who leads the WAC in scoring at 17.4 points per game. Michael Hale III averages 15.9 ppg, while Jeromie Hill is at 12.8 ppg. Hill also leds the team in rebounding at 6.2 pg.
This is the fourth meeting in three seasons between the two teams. San Jose State closed out 2012 with an 80-67 win in San Antonio. Chris Cunningham had 19 points and eight rebounds, while LaVanne Pennington came off the bench to score 16 points. UTSA won the first meeting of the series, 72-63, on November 30, 2010. The Spartans won the meeting in the 2011-12 season with a 72-66 in a come-from victory at The Event Center.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: George Nessman is in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State. He has an 86-159 record in eight seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: Three Spartans scored in double figures, but 21 turnovers and only 17 field goals made found San Jose State losing at #25 Louisiana Tech, 88-61, last Saturday night.
Xavier Jones led San Jose State with 14 points, while Chris Cunningham and D.J. Brown each scored 10 points. However, Jones was just 5-of-16 from the field, and Cunningham attempted just one shot from the field.
For the second consecutive game, the Spartans gave up over 20 points off turnovers. Louisiana Tech (26-3, 16-0) capitalized on 21 Spartans turnovers for 24 points.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: As of games through March 3, two Spartans rank in the top-100 in three categories. Chris Cunningham is tied for 39th in rebounds at 9.1 per game and tied for 81st in double-doubles with 8. Alex Brown is tied for 73rd in blocked shots at 1.88 per game.
SPARTANS VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS: San Jose State has face two nationally-ranked teams this season, the last at #25 Louisiana Tech on March 2, where the team lost 88-61. In November, San Jose State traveled to then-#10 Kansas and fell 70-57 in a nationally-televised game.
FOUR STARTERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES: Twice this season, four of the five San Jose State starters have scored in double figures. At UT Arlington Thursday night, Louis Garrett led the team with 25 points, followed by D.J. Brown with 16, Chris Cunningham with 13 and Xavier Jones with 11.
In the win over New Orleans in January, Garrett led the team with 14 points, followed by Alex Brown and D.J. Brown each with 13 points and Cunningham with 11 points.
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.
MORE FTM THAN FGM: Four times this season, San Jose State has made more free throws in a game than field goals. The latest came at #25 Louisiana Tech when the team was 22-of-29 from the line but made just 17-of-53 attempts from the field.
Opponent FGM-FGA FTM-FTA
Santa Clara 15-60 18-26
UT Arlington 14-64 15-21
at Seattle U 15-49 17-24
at #25 LA Tech 17-53 22-29
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 246 rebounds and averages 9.1 per game, tying for 39th in the country. Cunningham has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 12 games. He had five consecutive games with double-digit rebounds earlier this season - 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 eight different lineups in the past 12 games. The latest lineup at #25 Louisiana Tech was D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones, LaVanne Pennington, Louis Garrett 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 - 0-2
#10 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Pennington, Garrett, Cunningham, 0-1
GARRETT MAKING MOST OF HIS STARTS: After joining the starting lineup against James Madison, Louis Garrett has improved offensively. In the 14 games he started this season, Garrett is averaging 8.9 points. He led all scorers with 25 points at UT Arlington, added 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 14 games (42-112). In the nine games he did not start, Garrett averaged just 2.9 points and shots 35 percent from the field.
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.
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 the regular season with a game against Texas State Saturday night at 7 p.m. The two teams opened the WAC season playing each other on December 29, in San Marcos.
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