Men's Basketball Faces New Orleans Tuesday Night

Next Game: Tues., Jan. 8 New Orleans (3-10) The Event Center, San Jose, Calif. 7:00 p.m. PST KSJS 90.5 FM
SPARTANS HOST PRIVATEERS:  San Jose State closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule Tuesday night with a home game against New Orleans.   San Jose State enters the game with an 8-6 overall record and 3-1 conference record and is tied with Denver for third place in the WAC standings.  The Spartans defeated Seattle U, 76-71, Saturday at The Event Center as James Kinney led all scorers with 26 points, and D.J. Brown dished out 11 assists.
LIVE STATS:  All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.” 
RADIO COVERAGE:  Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on KSJS 90.5 FM, with Justin Allegri on the call.  The pregame show will start 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 NEW ORLEANS:  The Privateers enters Tuesday night’s game with a 3-10 record after losing at Butler, 57-44, Saturday, and at Mississippi State, 97-46, last Thursday. Head coach Mark Slessinger is in his second year at the school.  Prior to coming to New Orleans, Slessinger worked for 11 years as the top assistant coach at Northwestern State. Lovell Cook leads the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game, while Cory Dixon leads the team in rebounding at 4.2 per game.  Rarlensee Nelson has dished out 86 assists this season. This is the second meeting between the schools after New Orleans won the opening game of the season, 72-68, in New Orleans.  James Kinney led all scorers with 23 points.  San Jose State was just 7-of-17 from the free throw line and committed 20 turnovers in the loss.  The team did shoot 51.8 percent from the field for the game.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman is in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has an 85-147 record in eight seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: James Kinney and Louis Garrett combined for 47 points as San Jose State defeated Seattle University, 76-71, last Saturday. Kinney led all scorers with 26 points and Garrett scored a season-high 21 points for the Spartans. It was the first time this season two San Jose State players scored 20 or more points in the same game. Both players were 3-of-6 from 3-point range. The win was the Spartans' third in the last four games and gives San Jose State its best four-game conference record since 1988 when San Jose State was in the Big West Conference. Chris Cunningham was a third double-figure scorer for the Spartans with 15 points before fouling out with 3:00 remaining in the game. Starting guard D.J. Brown handed out a career-high 11 assists in the win. The Spartans also helped themselves making 22-of-29 free throws including 13-of-16 in the final three minutes.
BEST START TO WAC SEASON:  San Jose State is off to its best start in WAC play since joining the conference in 1996-97.  Prior to starting this year 3-1, the best start was 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 Greg Graham.  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.
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.  
WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - DEC. 10:  James Kinney was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his performances in wins over UC Davis and Sacramento State.  He scored 27 points with five rebounds, four steals and two assists in a 73-64 road win at UC Davis. He followed up that effort with a 20-point, six-rebound performance in a 62-57 win at home against Sacramento State.  For the week, Kinney averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game. He shot 42.9 percent (18-of-42) from the field, 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from three-point range, and 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the free throw line.
NATIONAL RANKINGS:  As of games through Jan. 6, three Spartans rank in the top-75 in six categories.  James Kinney is eighth in scoring at 21.5 points per game, 25th in steals at 2.38 per game and 57th in three-point field goals per game at 2.62.  Chris Cunningham is tied for 41st in rebounds at 9.1 per game and tied for 35th in double-doubles with 5.  Alex Brown is tied for 22nd in blocked shots at 2.57 per game. As a team, the Spartans are 42nd in rebound margin at 6.2, 71st in field-goal percentage defense at 39.6 and blocked shots per game at 4.4.
GARRETT MAKING MOST OF HIS STARTS:  After joining the starting lineup full-time against James Madison, Louis Garrett is proving offensively why he should be there.  In the six games he has started this season, Garrett is averaging 9.7 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.  Garrett is shooting 52.5 percent from the field in those six games (21-40).  In the seven games he did not start, Garrett averaged just 4.0 points and shot 37.5 percent from the field.
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. This season San Jose State has outrebounded their opponents by an average of 7.5 rebounds per game.  They have only been outrebounded twice this season - Weber State (34-39) and Seattle U (35-39).
SEASON-LOW TURNOVERS:  The Spartans committed a season-low five turnovers in a loss to Idaho last Thursday night.  It is the only game this season that San Jose State has committed single-digit turnovers.  The previous low was 10 turnovers in loss to James Madison at Las Vegas.  
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 66 assists on the season, 4.7 per game.  He previous high was nine assists at Montana State and Sacramento State.
MORE BLOCKS ALREADY THIS YEAR: San Jose State’s added height is paying dividends this season, especially defensively.  The team has recorded 62 blocks, surpassing last year’s total of 38 blocks in 31 games, and has at least two blocked shots in every game.  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 36 blocks and has had at least one in all 14 games.  The individual season record is 62 set by Gerald Thomas in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.
STARTING LINEUPS:  The Spartans have used three starting lineups this season.  The past five games, the lineup has been D.J. Brown, James Kinney, Louis Garrett, Chris Cunningham and Alex Brown. This lineup was also used at Montana State, and the team is 4-2 with these starters.  Chris Jones started eight of the first nine games this season.  The lineup against James Madison featured D.J. Brown, LaVanne Pennington (making his first start), Garrett, Cunningham and Alex Brown.
PENNINGTON MAKES MOST OF FIRST START: Senior guard LaVanne Pennington started his first game of the season against James Madison  He 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 is averaging 7.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game coming off the bench.  He scored 16 points at UTSA where he was 4-for-7 from three-point range.  Pennington added 13 points at New Orleans and 11 points at Montana State.
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS:  Chris Cunningham leads the team with 128 rebounds and averages 9.1 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, six offensive rebounds at UC Davis and five offensive rebounds against UC Santa Cruz and Kansas.
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.
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL:  Alex Brown alters shots on the court and has a team-best 33 blocks on the season.  He had a season-best five blocks against Weber State and has blocked a least one shot in every game this season.
CAREER THREE-POINT LISTS:  James Kinney moved onto the San Jose State career three-point field goals made and attempted lists this season.  He is tied for sixth place in three-pointers made with 120 and in ninth place in three-pointers attempted with 313.
3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE Name Seasons G Att. Made  1. Tim Pierce 2007-09 86 471 153  2. Adrian Oliver 2009-11 80 361 138  3. Robert Owens 2009-10 61 315 125  4. Michael Quinney 1998-99 54 336 123  5. Tito Addison 1995-97 84 375 122   6. James Kinney 2012-C 44 313 120  6. Jason Allen 1991-94 97 340 120   8. Terry Cannon 1990-92, 94 97 304 114  9. Ricky Berry 1986-88 84 246 113 10. Keith Shamburger 2011-12 63 348 108
3-POINT FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED Name Seasons G Made Att.  1. Tim Pierce 2007-09 86 153 471  2. Tito Addison 1995-97 84 122 375  3. Adrian Oliver 2009-11 80 138 361   4. Keith Shamburger 2011-12 63 108 348  5. Jason Allen 1991-94 97 120 340  6. Michael Quinney 1998-99 54 123 336  7. Robert Owens 2009-10 61 125 315  8. Billy Landram 2000-01 58 106 315   9. James Kinney 2012-C 44 120 313 10. Terry Cannon 1990-92, 94 97 114 304
KINNEY SCORES 30 ON KANSAS:  James Kinney was the first player this season to score 30 points on Kansas. He scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half of the game and was 11-of-26 from the field including 4-for-12 from three-point range.  The last player to score 30 or more points on Kansas was J’Covan Brown of Texas who scored 33 points on March 3, 2012.
D.J. BROWN NO TURNOVERS:  For the second time this season, D.J. Brown committed no turnovers in a game. He had no turnovers against Idaho last Thursday night as 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.  The other game as a starter that Brown did not commit a turnover was at Idaho on January 26, 2012.  In 31 minutes of action in that game, Brown scored 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
UP NEXT:  San Jose State goes on the road for a WAC game at Utah State this Friday night, January 11, at 7 p.m. MST/6 p.m. PST.  Fans can listen to the game on KSJS 90.5 FM, or watch on ESPN3.com.
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