Men's Basketball Headed To Seattle U

Next Game: Thurs., Jan. 31 Seattle U (6-13, 1-8) KeyArena at Seattle Center, Seattle, Wash. 7:00 p.m. PST KSJS 90.5 FM
SPARTANS ON THE ROAD AGAIN:  San Jose State takes to the road again this week for two Western Athletic Conference games.  The team starts the trip to the Northwest with a game against Seattle U.  This road trip marks the fourth WAC road trip of the season since starting conference play at the end of December.  The Spartans then travel to Idaho for a Saturday night game. San Jose State enters the game with a 9-10 overall record and a 3-6 conference mark.  The team has lost five consecutive WAC games heading into Thursday night’s game.  The Spartans fell to UT Arlington, 66-47, as Chris Cunningham recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
LIVE STATS:  All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.” 
RADIO COVERAGE:  Thursday’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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ABOUT SEATTLE U:  The Redhawks enter Thursday night’s game with a 6-13 overall record and 1-8 WAC mark.  The team lost games last week to UTSA (78-75) and Texas State (86-83).  Their only WAC win came at UT Arlington, 61-44. Head coach Cameron Dollar is in his fourth year at the helm of the program.  His father, Donald, is one of his assistant coaches.  Cameron was a four-year letterwinner at UCLA from 1994-97. Two players average in double figures for Seattle U - Clarence Trent at 10.8 points per game and Deshaun Sunderhaus at 10.6 ppg.  Sunderhaus also leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 pg.  Prince Obasi has a team-best 92 assists. San Jose State leads the overall series, 6-2, and won the earlier meeting this month, 76-71, on the 5th at The Event Center.  James Kinney led all scorers with 26 points, and Louis 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.  San Jose State won last year’s meeting, 84-74, at the Elgin Baylor Classic on December 30, 211.  James Kinney scored a career-high 31 points including 6-for-12 from three-point range in the win.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman is in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has an 86-152 record in eight seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: Chris Cunningham recorded his sixth double-double of the season, but a cold shooting night found San Jose State losing to UT Arlington, 66-47, last Saturday night at The Event Center. Cunningham was the only Spartan in double figures with 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss. San Jose State shot a season-low 21.9 percent from the field and was 4-of-25 from 3-point range. The Spartans were 6-of-36 in the first half and found themselves trailing, 38-19. The Spartans tried nearly every playing combination possible.  The starting five of Louis Garrett, Cunningham, Alex Brown, D.J. Brown and LaVanne Pennington combined to shoot 5-of-29 from the floor. Seven reserves were slightly better at a combined 9-for-35. San Jose State made one run at UT Arlington early in the second half scoring 11 consecutive points to cut a 38-19 halftime deficit to 45-35 with 12:15 to go.  But the Mavericks put the game away responding with a 15-0 run of their own for the game's biggest lead, 60-35 with 6:13 remaining.
NATIONAL RANKINGS:  As of games through Jan. 27, two Spartans rank in the top-75 in three categories.  Chris Cunningham is tied for 67th in rebounds at 8.5 per game and tied for 58th in double-doubles with 6.  Alex Brown is tied for 47th in blocked shots at 2.15 per game.
BACK TO SEA LEVEL:  San Jose State returned home to 85’ elevation last week after playing the previous three road games at elevations above 4,000 feet.  San Jose State started at Utah State (4,534 feet) on Jan. 11, followed by a game at Denver (5,183 feet) on Jan. 17 and at Las Cruces (4,000 feet) on Jan. 19.
LEADING SCORER OFF THE BENCH:  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. Moor is the first Spartan since the 2009-10 season to come off the bench and lead the team in scoring in a game.  The last Spartan to come off the bench and lead the team was Robert Owens who 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.
LOWEST POINT TOTAL IN OVER A YEAR:  With 37 points at Denver, San Jose State had its lowest scoring output since 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.
STARTING LINEUPS:  The Spartans have used four starting lineups this season.  The most recent lineup includes D.J. Brown, LaVanne Pennington, Louis Garrett, Chris Cunningham and Alex Brown.  This lineup has been used for three games.  For three games, the lineup consisted of D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones, LaVanne Pennington, Chris Cunningham and Alex Brown.  The six games featured D.J. Brown, James Kinney, Louis Garrett, Cunningham and Alex Brown. This lineup was also used at Montana State, and the team is 5-2 with these starters.  Chris Jones started eight of the first nine games this season.  
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS:  Chris Cunningham leads the team with 170 rebounds and averages 8.5 per game, tying for 67th 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.

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.
SINGLE-DIGIT TURNOVERS:  In three of the first six games of 2013, San Jose State committed nine or fewer turnovers in a game.  Against Idaho on January 3, the Spartans had a season-low five turnovers.  Then against New Orleans on January 8, San Jose State had nine turnovers.  In the game at Utah State on January 11, the Spartans has just six turnovers.
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 85 assists on the season, 4.3 per game.  He previous high was nine assists at Montana State and Sacramento State.
MORE BLOCKS THIS YEAR: San Jose State’s added height is paying dividends this season, especially defensively.  The team has recorded 74 blocks, surpassing last year’s total of 38 blocks in 31 games, and has had at least one block in 19 games.  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 43 blocks and has at least one in 18 games.  The individual season record is 62 set by Gerald Thomas in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Two Spartans have recorded double-doubles this season.  Chris Cunningham has six double-doubles on the season as he led the Spartans with 19 points and 18 rebounds in a win over UC Santa Cruz.  He added 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Montana State, 12 points and 10 rebounds at UC Davis, 10 points and 17 rebounds against Sacramento State, 11 points and 14 rebounds at Texas State and 13 points and 10 rebounds against UT Arlington. James Kinney scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 36 minutes played against Houston.  The 10 rebounds are the most he has collected in his Spartan career. The Spartan season record is 13 double-doubles, set by Coby Dietrick during the 1969-70 season.
PENNINGTON MADE MOST OF FIRST START: Senior guard LaVanne Pennington started his first game of the season against James Madison and 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 has now started six games including the past five.  He is averaging 6.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.  He scored 16 points at UTSA where he was 4-for-7 from three-point range and 16 points at New Mexico State.  Pennington added 13 points at New Orleans and 11 points at Montana State.  
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL:  Alex Brown alters shots on the court and has a team-best 43 blocks on the season.  He had a season-best five blocks against Weber State and has blocked a least one shot in 18 games this season.
GARRETT MAKING MOST OF HIS STARTS:  After joining the starting lineup full-time against James Madison, Louis Garrett proved offensively why he should be there.  In the nine games he has started this season, Garrett is averaging 8.3 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 and 14 points against New Orleans.  Garrett is shooting 46.6 percent from the field in those nine games (27-58).  In the eight games he did not start, Garrett averaged just 4.0 points and shot 37.5 percent from the field.
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 continues on the road with a game at Idaho Saturday night at 7 p.m.
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