Spartans March Into The Pit To Face New Mexico

Isaac Thornton is the team leader in assists, steals and blocks heading into this weekend's game at New Mexico.
Jan. 30, 2015

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SPARTANS MARCH INTO THE PIT TO FACE NEW MEXICO
The San José State men's basketball team takes a trip to The Pit this weekend for the only meeting of the season with the New Mexico Lobos. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. MT and can be seen live on ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain. See channel listings below. Fans can also tune into Stretch Internet Radio or KLIV 1590 AM Radio to listen to the game.

 

GAME #21
SAN JOSÉ STATE (2-18, 0-8 MW) at NEW MEXICO (13-7, 5-3 MW)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 6:00 P.M. MT

WISEPIES ARENA/THE PIT (15,411)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.


COVERAGE




WATCH: ROOT SPORTS ROCKY MOUNTAIN

DIRECTV - 683, 684
DISH NETWORK - 414

 
LISTEN: STRETCH INTERNET RADIO & KLIV 1590 AM Radio

FOLLOW: @SJSUMBB - @SJSUAthletics

 

 

 

SPARTANS LOSE TO AIR FORCE AT HOME, 66-52
One week after losing by 50 points to Boise State, San José State was in position to win the game against Air Force deep into the second half. Some costly turnovers along with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch by Air Force kept the Spartans from getting their first MW win of the year.


MUHAMMAD APPROACHING SJSU TOP-10 FOR THREES


At 109 made three-point baskets, sophomore guard Rashad Muhammad
 is three shy of cracking SJSU's career top-10 list. Muhammad drained six threes in the last game against Air Force earlier this month. D.J. Brown (2012-14) currently sits 10th at 112, closely behind Ricky Berry (1986-88) at 113 and Terry Cannon (1990-92, 94) at 114. Tim Pierce (2007-09) is San José State's career-leader for made threes with 153.


MUHAMMAD FINDS DOUBLE-FIGURES
Sophomore guard Rashad Muhammad has finished in double-figures scoring in nine of his last 10 games played. He is averaging 15.1 points per game during that stretch.


MORE TIME FOR MITCHELL
Sophomore forward Brandon Mitchell has replaced center Ivo Basor in the starting lineup for the Spartans the last two games. Mitchell had provided an energy spike coming off of the bench before being inserted into the starting lineup. He's averaging five rebounds per game over the last five contests and has at least one steal in four consecutive games.


A YOUNG TEAM LOOKS TO ITS SENIOR
Senior forward Jaleel Williams has the most experience by far of anyone on the team with 79 career games played and 51 starts. He's coming off of perhaps his best game of the season with 16 points and seven boards against Air Force (1/28). He is averaging 12 points over the last five games and is 14-of-16 at the free throw line during that stretch. Williams has played 37 minutes per game in seven MW contests this season.


MORE ON NEW MEXICO
The Lobos (13-7, 5-3 MW) come into Saturday's game after a week off since their last game, a 63-62 loss in overtime at Wyoming. New Mexico has had an up-and-down conference season with wins over Colorado State, Utah State and UNLV paired with losses to San Diego State and a loss at home to Boise State. Deshawn Delaney leads the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. Hugh Greenwood is another threat as he leads the team in threes and assists while averaging 35 minutes per game. Craig Neal is in his second season as the heads coach for New Mexico after spending six seasons as the associate head coach.


LAST TIME AGAINST NEW MEXICO
San José State suffered a 72-47 loss to New Mexico in The Pit last season on February 1 in the two teams' last meeting. The loss dropped the Spartans to 0-8 all-time versus New Mexico.


CONNECT WITH THE SPARTANS



Connect with the SJSU men's basketball team on Twitter @SJSUMBB and with all Spartans athletics teams @SJSUAthletics. Fans can keep track of in-game and news updates using #SJSU, #spartanup and #spartanstrong. If you are on Facebook, so are we! Check us out at facebook.com/SJSUSpartans.


CATCH EVERY GAME ON STRETCH



Every SJSU men's basketball game can be heard live on Stretch Internet Radio. Head to the schedule page at www.SJSUSpartans.comand click the link to hear all the action called by play-by-play announcer Justin Allegri with commentary from Joe Boylan.


WEEKEND BROADCASTS ALSO ON KLIV 1590 AM



Every SJSU men's basketball game played on the weekend can also be heard live on KLIV 1590 AM Radio with Justin Allegri and Joe Boylan on the call.