Men's Basketball Looks For Mountain West Win At Wyoming

Jan. 16, 2014

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Next Game:

Sat., Jan 18, at Wyoming (10-6, 1-2)

Arena-Auditorium (15,000)

2:00 p.m. MST/1:00 p.m. PST

VIDEO:  www.themw.com

RADIO:  KLIV 1590 AM; KSJS 90.5 FM

Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play

           

SPARTANS FINISH ROAD TRIP SATURDAY:  San José State finishes its two-game road trip Saturday afternoon with a Mountain West game at Wyoming.  The Spartans are looking to stop a five-game losing streak.

San José State is still looking for its first Mountain West win this season.  The Spartans fell 77-62 Wednesday night at Air Force.  Three Spartans scored in double figures, led by Rashad Muhammad with 12 points.

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.

 

TV/VIDEO COVERAGE:  Saturday's game can be seen on the Mountain West Network at www.them.com.

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ABOUT WYOMING:  The Cowboys enter Saturday afternoon's game with a 10-6 overall record and a 1-2 Mountain West mark.  The team has not played since a 52-50 win at Boise State last Saturday, January 11.  Wyoming's two conference losses came at Nevada, 61-58, and at home to New Mexico, 72-69, in overtime.

Head coach Larry Shyatt is in his fourth year at the school with a 70-41 record.  He is in his ninth year as a head coach with a 140-125 coaching record.

Three Cowboys average double-figures in scoring, led by Larry Nance Jr. who averaged 15.7 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per game.  Riley Grabau averages 11.6 points, while Josh Adams averages 11.3 points.

Wyoming has a 4-1 lead in the all-time series.

Series Meetings

1/29/65            L            92-70            Laramie, Wyo.

12/19/69            L            88-81            Laramie, Wyo.

12/11/70            L            76-58            San José, Calif.

1/23/97            L            75-59            Laramie, Wyo.

2/22/97            W            67-62            The Event Center

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:  In a game of runs, Air Force made the decisive run in the second half as the San José State fell to the Falcons, 77-62, Wednesday evening at Clune Arena.

Early on, Air Force used a 10-0 run to take it from a 10-5 Spartan advantage to a 15-10 Falcon lead at 13:31 in the first half.    Air Force took its largest lead of the half at 18-12, and the two teams battled back and forth before the Spartans took the lead at 31-39.  San José State took a 35-33 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Air Force came out flying in the second half, making three three-pointers in the first 2:30 of the period to take the lead for good at 42-39.  San José State trailed 46-42 before the Falcons extended their lead again to 10 points at 55-45 with 11:52 left in the game.

The Spartans slowly chipped away at the lead and got within six points at 61-55 on two D.J. Brown made free throws with 8:31 left in the game.  But the Falcons used a 9-0 run over the next 3:27 for a 67-55 lead with 4:44 left in the game.

San José State forced 23 Falcon turnovers in the game, but got just 14 points off those turnovers.  The Spartans also committed 16 turnovers in the game.

Rashad Muhammad again came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 12 points.  He was just 3-for-12 from the field but a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Two other Spartans scored in double figures.  Jaleel Williams scored 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting and led the Spartans in rebounding with five.  After playing just four minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, Chris Cunningham scored nine of his 11 points in the second half and added three rebounds.

Jalen James and Brown each dished out four assists in the game.  Brown also had a team-high four steals.

SPARTAN SIXTH MAN LEADS TEAM IN SCORING:  Freshman guard Rashad Muhammad leads the San José State team in scoring this season with 289 points, 17.0 points per game.  He has played in all 17 games this season, but started just one (Weber State).  He has led the team in scoring in 11 games this year, coming off the bench in 10 of those games. 

Of the top-120 scorers nationally through January 12, Muhammad is 119th and is one of just four freshmen on the list.  He is listed in the top-250 in eight categories.

Muhammad National Rankings (as of 1/13)

Points/Game            119th            16.6 ppg

Field Goal Pct.            248th            43.0%

3-pt FG/GM            18th            3.25 pg

3-pt FGM            17th            52

3-pt FGA            47th            111

3-pt Pct.            14th            46.8%

Free Throw Pct.            138th            82.3%

Total Points            119th            277

Muhammad scored a season-high 28 points in a three-overtime win against UC Davis and in a loss to Colorado State.  He leads the team in three-pointers, making 52 of his 111 attempts this year.  He is also the best free throw shooter, making 65-of-79 attempts (82.2%). 

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.

THREE-POINT SHOOTING RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION:  San José State's three-point shooting ranks among the elite of the NCAA this season.  The Spartans rank in the top-four in three different three-point categories through games of January 12.  The Spartans are second in three-point field goal attempts at 438 (VMI #1 at 472), tied for third with Belmont in total three-point field goals at 162 (Creighton #1 at 184) and fourth in three-point field goals per game at 10.1 per game (Creighton #1 at 11.5 pg).

WILSON ALSO RANKS NATIONALLY IN THREE-POINT SHOOTING:  Devante Wilson ranks in the top-105 nationally in three three-point shooting categories.  He is 77th in three-point attempts at 77; 96th in total three-pointers made at 37; and 103rd in three-point field goals per game at 2.31 pg. 

GAME SCHOOL RECORD TIED, THEN BROKEN:  Twice this season, San José State made 14 three-pointers in a game.  But last 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-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 January 11, eight games have gone to three overtimes including two last Saturday.  Drexel has played in two triple-overtime games.

 

WILLIAMS MAKING AN IMPACT THIS SEASON:  After scoring just 68 points the first two years of his Spartan career, Jaleel Williams has scored 210 points in 17 games and is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. He has led the Spartans in scoring in five games including a career-high 24 points against New Mexico.  He has scored 20 or more points in two other games this season - 22 points in a win at Pepperdine and 20 points in the season opener at Santa Clara.

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.

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. 

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 16 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

 

THREE-POINT ATTEMPTS GAME RECORD BROKEN:  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. 

CUNNINGHAM GRABBING BOARDS:  Chris Cunningham leads the team in rebounding with 109, 6.4 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 15 blocked shots.

DISHIN' OUT THE ROCK:  Two Spartans have 50 or more assists on the season.  Jalen James leads the team with 6 assists, while D.J. Brown has 57 assists.  James had 10 assists at Houston, while Brown dished out six assists at Santa Clara and at Weber State.

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, February 4.  To RSVP, please contact Blake Sasaki at 408-924-3300 or blake.sasaki@sjsu.edu. 

UP NEXT:  The Spartans return home to face one of the top teams in the country as #10/11 San Diego State visits The Event Center on Wednesday, January 22.  The game begins at 7 p.m., and can bee seen on ESPN3.