|Senior Night For Men's Basketball Saturday|
Sat., March 9
Texas State (9-21, 4-13)
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
7:00 p.m. PST
KLIV 1590 AM/KSJS 90.5 FM
FINAL HOME GAME OF SEASON: San Jose State plays its final regular-season and Western Athletic Conference game Saturday night as the team hosts Texas State at The Event Center. The two teams opened WAC play on December 27 and now close WAC play on March 9.
San Jose State enters Saturday’s game with a 9-18 overall record and a 3-13 conference mark. The team did not play Thursday night after the game with UTSA was cancelled because rainwater fell on The Event Center floor and the officials deemed the court unplayable. The Spartans fell at #25 Louisiana Tech, 88-61, last Saturday night. Xavier Jones led the team with 14 points, while Chris Cunningham and D.J. Brown each had 10 points.
SENIOR NIGHT: Spartan seniors Aalim Moor and LaVanne Pennington will be honored prior to Saturday night’s game at approximately 6:55 p.m., before playing in their final home 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: 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.
FACEBOOK/TWITTER: Follow the Spartan men’s basketball team and all San Jose State athletics teams on the web. Join the official SJSU Spartans page on Facebook and read the latest tweets on Twitter @SJSUAthletics.
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 TEXAS STATE: The Bobcats enter Saturday night’s game with a 9-21 overall record and 4-13 WAC mark. The team fell at Utah State, 77-61, Thursday night as Vonn Jones came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 19 points.
Head coach Doug Davalos is in his seventh year at the school.
Two players average double figures in scoring, led by Joel Wright at 17.0 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 per game. Matt Staff averages 11.1 points per game. He had a team-best 41 blocked shots.
The only other meeting in the series came on December 29, when the Spartans won 72-55 in San Marcos. Louis Garrett led the team in scoring with 16 points, while Chris Cunningham had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
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.
RAINED OUT: What?! Yes, you are reading correctly. The San Jose State-UTSA game scheduled for March 7 was cancelled because of rainwater collecting on multiple-areas of The Event Center floor. The water started pooling on the floor about 20 minutes before opening tip, the clock was stopped with 15 minutes left in warmups, and the game was cancelled for the safety of the student-athletes and patrons.
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.
UP NEXT: San Jose State begins play at the 2013 WAC Basketball Tournament, 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.