Men's Basketball Hosts Colorado State Wednesday

Jan. 6, 2014

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Rich Cellini, Play-by-Play; Kris Johnson, Analyst

RADIO:  KSJS 90.5 FM, Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play

           

SPARTANS HOST TWO MOUNTAIN WEST GAMES THIS WEEK:  San José State returns to The Event Center this week after playing the school's first road Mountain West game last Saturday.  The Spartans start the week by hosting Colorado State on Wednesday, followed by New Mexico on Saturday.  

Both schools are also looking for their first Mountain West win on Wednesday after falling to 0-2 last week.  The Spartans lost to Nevada, 62-50, at home on January 1, and at Utah State, 86-67, on January 4.  The Rams fell to nationally-ranked San Diego State, 71-61, at home last Wednesday, and at New Mexico, 80-73, Saturday night.

TICKETS:  Tickets for all San José State men's basketball tickets may be purchased by visiting the Spartan Ticket Office, calling (408) 924-SJTX, at any Ticketmaster outlet, on the web at www.sjsuspartans.com, or at The Event Center Box Office.

LIVE STATS:  All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com. 

RADIO COVERAGE:  All San José State men's basketball games are broadcast on KSJS, 90.5 FM, and can be heard on ksjs.org.  Saturday games can be heard on KLIV, 1590 AM, and at kliv.com.   Justin Allegri calls the action for the Spartans.

VIDEO COVERAGE:  All home San José State men's basketball games can be see on the Mountain West Network at www.themw.com and at www.sjsuspartans.com/videos.

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ABOUT COLORADO STATE:  The Rams enter Wednesday night's game with a 9-6 overall record and an 0-2 Mountain West record.  The team fell at New Mexico, 80-73, last Saturday afternoon.   Daniel Bejarano led the team with 25 points and eight rebounds.

Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his second season at Colorado State with a 35-15 record.  He is in his 23rd season as a head coach with a 437-273 record.  Eustachy is familiar to many Spartan fans as he coached at Utah State from the 1994 season through the 1998 season.  San José State won the 1996 Big West Tournament Championship over Eustachy's Aggies with a 76-75 overtime win in Reno.   The Spartans played at the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Kentucky in the first round.

Three Rams average double-digit points, led by J.J. Avila at 18.9 points per game, the fourth-best total in the Mountain West.  Bejarano averages 15.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Jon Octeus averages 12.2 points per game.

Colorado State has a 6-0 advantage in the all-time series.  The two teams last met in the championship game at the 1999 Pearl Harbor Invitational where the Rams won 61-57.

Series Meetings

12/22/1969            L            91-65            Fort Collins, Colo.

1/25/1997            L            80-75            Moby Arena

2/20/1997            L            66-64            The Event Center

12/22/1997            L            58-41            The Event Center

1/21/1998            L            81-52            Moby Arena

12/20/1999            L            61-57            Pearl Harbor Invitational

NEW SPARTAN HEAD COACH DAVE WOJCIK:  San José State head men's basketball coach Dave Wojcik is in his first year at the helm of the program.  He spent the past three seasons as the associate head coach on Leon Rice's staff at Boise State.  Wojcik recorded her first head-coaching win on November 20, 2013, with an 83-77 win at Pepperdine.

Wojcik and his brother Doug, head coach at the College of Charleston, are one of seven pair of brothers to be head coaches at Division I.  

LAST TIME OUT:  San José State set a new school record for threes made in a game, but Utah State was even hotter from three-point range as the Aggies won 86-67 Saturday night in a Mountain West game in Logan.

The Spartans made 15 three-pointers, the record-setter a 28-foot bank shot from Devante Wilson, to break the old game record of 14 set in three games including two this year.  Rashad Muhammad led the Spartans going 6-for-9 from three-point range.  He ended the game with a team-high 20 points, his fourth 20+-point game this season.

The Spartans ended the night 15-of-35 from behind the arc.  Six players made at least one three-pointer in the game.  Jaleel Williams went 3-for-6 from behind the three-point line and ended the game with 13 points.  Wilson also scored in double figures with 11 points, making three of his 11 three-point attempts.

FACING TWO NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS THIS WEEK:  San José State will be put to the test this week, facing two teams who played in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.  Colorado State made it to the third round of the tournament, defeating Missouri 84-72 in Lexington, Ky., before falling to eventual national champion Louisville, 82-56, in the third round.

New Mexico fell to Harvard in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, 68-62, in Salt Lake City.

FORMER COACH RETURNS TO THE EVENT CENTER:  Former Spartan head coach Steve Barnes returns San José State this week as an assistant coach for Colorado State.  Barnes is in his first year as an assistant after spending the 2012-13 season as the Director of Player Personnel. 

Barnes was the head coach of the Spartans for the 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.  The Spartans had back-to-back .500 seasons with 15-15 in 2000 and 14-14 in 2001.  He finished with a 39-51 coaching record in three seasons.

GAME SCHOOL RECORD TIED, THEN BROKEN:  Twice this season, San José State made 14 three-pointers in a game.  But this past Saturday, the Spartans decided to break that record by making 15 three-pointers in an 86-67 loss at Utah State.  The 15 threes broke the old record of 14, set in wins at Pepperdine and at Houston and against Louisiana Tech on January 13, 2005.

In the game at Utah State, six different players hit at least one three-pointer.  Rashad Muhammad led the team, going 6-for-9 from behind arc.  Devante Wilson and Jaleel Williams each made three three-pointers, while Chris Cunningham, D.J. Brown and Jalen James each made one.

JAMES ETCHES HIS NAME INTO SAN JOSÉ STATE HISTORY:  Freshman Jalen James recorded just the second triple-double in San José State history with his 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 72-68 win at Houston on December 7.  James joins Brandon Hawkins who had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Notre Dame de Namur on Dec. 18, 2001.

James is only the third Mountain West player to record a triple-double - Mark Dickel (UNLV), 17 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists on Nov. 19, 1999; and Justin Williams (Wyoming) 10 points, 15 rebounds, 12 blocks on March 10, 2006.

THREE-POINT SHOOTING RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION:  San José State ranks in the top-five in three three-point shooting categories nationally (through Jan. 5).  The Spartans are third in three-point field goal attempts at 387 (Youngstown State #1 at 414), fourth in three-point field goals made at 142 (Creighton #1 at 159) and fifth in three-point field goals per game at 10.1 (Charleston Southern #1 at 11.6).

THREE-OVERTIME GAME CLUB:  With San José State's three-overtime game against UC Davis on December 18, the Spartans are one of 11 teams nationally to have played a triple-overtime game this season.  Through December 29, six games have gone to three overtimes, the latest being the San José State-UC Davis game.  Drexel has played in two triple-overtime games.

FRESHMAN COMES OFF BENCH TO LEAD TEAM IN SCORING:  Rashad Muhammad leads the San José State team in scoring this season with 233 points, 16.6 points per game.  He has played in all 14 games this season, but started just one (Weber State).  He has led the team in scoring in nine games this year, coming off the bench in eight of those games. 

Of the top-155 scorers nationally through January 5, Muhammad is 155th and is one of just six freshmen on the list.  He is listed in the top-170 in seven categories.

Muhammad National Rankings (as of 1/5)

Points/Game            155th            16.6 ppg

3-pt FG/GM            23rd            3.14 pg

3-pt FGM            25th            44

3-pt FGA            50th            97

3-pt Pct.            20th            45.4%

Free Throw Pct.            121st            83.6%

Total Points            166th            233

Muhammad scored a season-high 28 points in a three-overtime win against UC Davis.  He leads the team in three-pointers, making 44 of his 97 attempts this year.  He is also the best free throw shooter, making 51-of-61 attempts (83.6%). 

The last freshman to lead San José State in scoring was Stony Evans who averaged 9.9 points during the 1983-84 season (276 points in 28 games).  That team, coached by Bill Berry, finished the season 10-18.  Evans also led the team in rebounding with 176, 6.3 per game.

WILSON ALSO RANKS NATIONALLY IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING:  Devante Wilson ranks in the top-100 nationally in four three-point shooting categories.  He is 52nd in three-point percentage (40.2%), 73rd in 3-point field goals per game (2.5 pg), 77th in total three-pointers made (35) and 95th in three-point attempts (87).

COMEBACK KIDS, NEVER COUNT THEM OUT:  In four of the six Spartan wins this season, San José State has overcome double-digit deficits for the win.  The largest deficit was 19 points against UC Davis (32-23 and 47-28) in an 89-85, three overtime win at The Event Center.  San José State trailed Westminster (45-32) before winning 73-66.  On the road Houston led by as many as 15 (22-7) before the Spartans won 72-68, and Pepperdine led by 14 (40-26) before San José State outscored then in the second half (49-33) en route to the 83-77 win. 

Since 2002, San José State has overcome a deficit of 13 points or more for the win in 13 games.  Twice, the team has had to overcome a 19-point deficit, and three games went to at least one overtime before the Spartans won.

-19            vs. UC Davis (2nd half)            89-85 (3OT)            12/16/13

-19            at CSU Bakersfield (1st half)            78-70            1/23/12

-18            vs. New Mexico State (1st half)            93-84            1/23/10

-18            at Portland State (1st half)            76-73 (OT)            12/28/07

-17            vs. South Dakota State (2nd half)            77-71 (OT)            12/30/07

-15            at Houston (1st half)            72-68            12/7/13

-15            vs. Coppin State (1st half)            81-66            12/29/11

-14            at Pepperdine (1st half)            83-77            11/20/13

-14            vs. UTSA (1st half)            72-66            11/30/11

-14            vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (2nd half)            65-57            11/14/01

-14            vs. Tulsa (1st half)            76-69            1/27/05

-13            vs. Westminster (2nd half)            73-66            12/21/13

-13            vs. Rice (2nd half)            58-57            3/5/02

QUINTUPLE OF SCORERS:  For the first time since the 2010-11 season, San José State had five players score 10 or more points in a game.  Against Pacifica on December 28, Rashad Muhammad led the Spartans with 19 points, followed by Jaleel Williams with 14 points, Chris Cunningham and Devante Wilson each with 13 points, and Matt Pollard with 10 points.

CONFERENCE OPENERS:  For the first time since 2010, San José State opened the conference portion of the schedule at home with the 62-50 loss to Nevada.  The last time the Spartans opened the conference schedule at home came during the 2009-10 season when the team won 78-75 over Idaho on January 4, 2010, when San José State was a member of the Western Athletic Conference.

HOME, SWEET HOME:  After playing eight of its first nine games of the season on the road, the Spartans played four consecutive home games from December 18-January 1. San José State was the only Mountain West team to have a perfect home record (4-0) heading into conference play.  The Spartans defeated Cal State Fullerton, 81-59, on November 23, UC Davis, 89-85 (3OT) on December 18, Westminster, 73-66, on December 21, and Pacifica, 87-59, on December 28.

WINNING STREAK ENDED:  With the loss to Nevada Wednesday night, the Spartans four-game winning streak came to an end.  San José State had not won four consecutive games since the 2010-10 season when they won four straight home games in February - Montana State (77-73), Weber State (62-46), New Mexico State (72-70 OT) and Louisiana Tech (72-60).

UNDEFEATED DECEMBER:  San José State began the new year with a four-game winning streak after going undefeated in the month of December - defeating Pacifica (87-59) on the 28th, Westminster (73-66) on the 21st, UC Davis on the 18th (89-85, 3OT) and Houston on the 7th (72-68). 

Since the 1996-97 season, the Spartans have recorded a better-than .500 record in nine Decembers.

1996-97            7-1            2009-10            5-2

1998-99            5-2            2010-11            4-3

2000-01            5-2            2012-13            5-2

2003-04            4-3            2013-14            4-0

2008-09            4-2

TWO SPARTANS, 20+ POINTS IN A GAME:  Twice this season, two San José State players have scored 20 or more points in a game.  The latest came in a win over UC Davis as Rashad Muhammad scored a career-best 28 points, and Devante Wilson added a season-best 22 points.  At Pepperdine, Jaleel Williams led the Spartans with a career-best 22 points, while Wilson scored 20 points in his first start of the season. 

QUARTET OF SPARTAN SCORERS:  In five of the 13 games this season, a quartet of San José State scorers have recorded double-digit scoring games.

Milwaukee - Muhammad 17, James 12, Williams, 11, Mitchell 10

N. Illinois - Williams 13, Brown 12, James 11, Muhammad 11

Pepperdine - Williams 22, Wilson 20, Muhammad 14, Brown 14

CS Fullerton - Muhammad 17, Brown 17, Wilson 16, Cunningham 13

UC Davis - Muhammad 28, Wilson 22, Cunningham 13, Thornton 12

 

MOUNTAIN WEST Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Jalen James was named the Mountain West Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 9, after his triple-double performance at Houston.  James was honored along with Cameron Bairstow of New Mexico.

James recorded career highs of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 38 minutes of play at Houston.  He was 3-for-4 from the field including 2-for-2 from three-point range and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.  His four made free throws came in the final 17 seconds of the game to secure the victory.

James is one of seven players nationally this year to record a triple-double and the only freshman to accomplish this feat. 

THREE-POINT ATTEMPTS GAME RECORD BROKEN THIS SEASON:  With 40 three-pointers attempted as a team on November 17, the Spartans set a single-game record for the most three-pointers attempted in a game.  San José State was 10-for-40 from three-point range against James Madison at the NIU Invitational.  The 40 attempts breaks the old record of 32 (10-of-23) shot against Boise State on January 6, 2011.  The 2011 game went four overtimes, and ironically, current Spartan head coach Dave Wojcik was an assistant coach for Boise State that night.

The 40 three-point attempts also tied the Mountain West record set on March 1, 2003, as Utah played at New Mexico.

WILLIAMS MAKING AN IMPACT IN JUNIOR SEASON:  After scoring just 68 points the first two years of his Spartan career, Jaleel Williams has scored 164 points in 14 games and is second on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game. He scored a career-best 22 points in the team's first win of the season at Pepperdine.  Williams added 20 points against Santa Clara and led the team in scoring against Westminster with 18 points.

Williams also recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Pacifica.  He was 5-for-8 from the field in the game, including 1-for-3 from three-point range, and a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line.

 

CUNNINGHAM GRABBING BOARDS:  Chris Cunningham leads the team in rebounding with 97, 6.9 per game.  He has recorded three double-doubles this season - 13 points and 10 rebounds versus CS Fullerton; 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds at Weber State; and 18 points and 11 rebounds against Westminster.  Cunningham has 11 double-doubles in his Spartan career.  He leads the team with 14 blocked shots.

DISHIN' OUT THE ROCK:  Two Spartans have 40 or more assists on the season.  D.J. Brown has 51 assists, while Jalen James has dished out 46 assists this season.  Brown dished out six assists at Santa Clara and at Weber State, while James had 10 assists at Houston. 

ROAD-WEARY TRAVELERS:  The Spartans played eight of its nine games to start the 2013-14 season on the road or at a neutral site.  The squad started the season by playing across town at Santa Clara, traveling to DeKalb, Ill., for three games, busing to Pepperdine, then flying to Portland and to Utah to face Weber State.  If you were driving to the games, below would be the number of miles (according to geobytes.com) you would have put on your car to see the Spartans play their road games.

Destination                        One-Way Miles

San José-Santa Clara            5 miles (10 total)

San José-DeKalb, Ill.            2,103 miles (4,206 total)

San José-Malibu, Calif.            348 miles (696 total)

San José-Portland, Ore.            664 miles

Portland-Ogden, Utah            734 miles

Ogden, Utah-San José            804 miles

San José-Houston            1,882 (3,764 total)

Total Miles - 10,878 miles on your car

LARGEST WINNING MARGIN SINCE 2011:  With the 81-59 win over Cal State Fullerton on November 23, the Spartans recorded the biggest win of 20 or more points over a Division I school since 2011-12.  San José State defeated UC Davis, 79-59, on December 20, 2011. 

FIRST WIN OF SEASON AT PEPPERDINE:  San José State picked up its first win of the year with an 83-77 win at Pepperdine on November 20.  Jaleel Williams led the team with 22 points that night, and Devante Wilson added a career-best 20 points in the win.

The Spartans outscored Pepperdine by 16 in the second half as the team rallied from a 44-34 halftime deficit.  The team used a 21-10 run over the first seven minutes of the second half to take the lead.  Wilson hit four of his six three-pointers during that stretch.

WAKE UP WITH WOJCIK:  Spartan head coach Dave Wojcik hosts a monthly breakfast get-together at Rosie's New York Pizza at 1285 The Alameda in San José.  He discusses the X's and O's of basketball, recruiting and general basketball topics throughout the season.  A full breakfast is served, but an RSVP is required.  Cost is $25 per person which includes a donation to Spartan Foundation.  The next breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, January 7.  To RSVP, please contact Blake Sasaki at 408-924-3300 or blake.sasaki@sjsu.edu. 

TELEVISION SCHEDULE:  The San José State men's basketball team will make 10 television appearances during the 2013-14 season, the most in recent school history. 

With the move to the Mountain West this year, the opportunity to showcase San José State across the country has increased. The Spartans will be featured at home in six of the 10 appearances.  Five of the 10 appearances will be on ROOT Sports, with three games on ESPN3 and one each on the CBS Sports Network and the Mountain West Network.

Sat., Dec. 7            Houston             ESPN3            W, 72-68

Wed., Jan. 8            *Colorado State             Mountain West Network           The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 11            *New Mexico             ROOT Sports   The Event Center            7:05 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 22            *San Diego State             ESPN3           The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 25            *Boise State             ROOT Sports           Boise, Idaho            4:05 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 29            *UNLV             ESPN3           The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 1            *New Mexico             ROOT Sports           Albuquerque, N.M.            6:05 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 12            *Air Force             ROOT Sports           The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 25            *San Diego State             CBSSN           San Diego, Calif.            8:05 p.m.

Sat., March 1            *Utah State             ROOT Sports           The Event Center            5:05 p.m.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans continue at home with a game Saturday against New Mexico at 7:05 p.m.  The game can be seen on ROOT Sports and the Mountain West Network.