Men's Basketball Opens February at Idaho

Next Game: Sat., Feb. 2 Idaho (8-12, 4-6) Cowan Spectrum, Moscow, Idaho 7:00 p.m. PST KLIV 1590 AM/KSJS 90.5 FM
SPARTANS AT IDAHO ON SATURDAY:  San Jose State plays the first of two Western Athletic Conference road games in the month of February on Saturday as the Spartans are at Idaho.  The team will play only five games in the month of February and only two road games - at Idaho and at UT Arlington. San Jose State enters Saturday’s game with a 9-11 overall record and a 3-7 conference mark.  The team has lost six consecutive WAC games heading into Thursday night’s game.  The Spartans fell at Seattle U, 56-48, as Chris Cunningham recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 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:  Saturday’s game will be broadcast on KLIV 1590 AM as well as KSJS 90.5 FM.  Justin Allegri will call the action.  The pregame show on KLIV will start 30 minutes prior to tip.  All San Jose State men’s basketball broadcasts will be on KSJS, 90.5 FM, with pregame shows during the week starting 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 IDAHO:  The Vandals come into Saturday night’s game with an 8-12 overall record and 4-6 WAC mark.  The team lost to Utah State, 77-67, Thursday night.  The Vandals were held to just 16 rebounds, and Idaho gave up a 59.6 shooting percentage to the Aggies. Head coach Don Verlin is in his fifth season at the helm of the Idaho program.  He has a 77-72 record at Idaho. Kyle Baron leads the team in scoring at 16.4 points per game, and in rebounds at 9.6 per game.  He is shooting 59.2 percent from the field and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. San Jose State leads the overall series, 13-11, but Idaho has won the past three meetings.  The Spartans last won in the series, 74-68, at the 2011 WAC Tournament.  Idaho won 64-55, on January 3, at The Event Center.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman is in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has an 86-153 record in eight seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: Chris Cunningham recorded his seventh double-double of the season, but San Jose State made just 15-of-49 field goal attempts from the field in a 56-48 loss to Seattle U Thursday night at KeyArena in Seattle. For the second consecutive game, Cunningham scored in double figures and grabbed double-digit rebounds.  He led the team with 12 points and 11 rebounds.  Cunningham made 8-of-10 free throw shots but was just 2-for-6 from the field. D.J. Brown was the only other Spartan scoring in double figures with 10 points including 5-for-7 from the free throw line.  Louis Garrett added eight points and had a career-best four steals.
NATIONAL RANKINGS:  As of games through Jan. 31, two Spartans rank in the top-75 in three categories.  Chris Cunningham is tied for 58th in rebounds at 8.6 per game and tied for 47th in double-doubles with 7.  Alex Brown is tied for 54th in blocked shots at 2.05 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 five starting lineups this season.  The most recent lineup includes D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones, LaVanne Pennington, Stephon Smith and Chris Cunningham.  Prior to Thursday, the lineup used for three games was D.J. Brown, Pennington, Louis Garrett, Cunningham and Alex Brown.  For three other games, the lineup consisted of D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones, LaVanne Pennington, Chris Cunningham and Alex Brown.  Six games featured D.J. Brown, James Kinney, 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 181 rebounds and averages 8.6 per game, tying for 58th 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.
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.  He is tied for fourth on the San Jose State single-season list with 
BLOCKED SHOTS (Since 1979) Name Season Games BS  1. Gerald Thomas 1988 29 62  2. Menelik Barbary 2007 30 49  3. Chris Oakes 2010 31 44   4. Alex Brown 2013 21 43  4. Darnell Williams 2000 30 43  6. Chris Oakes 2009 30 40  7. Menelik Barbary 2006 31 38  8. Chris McNealy 1983 28 34  9. Darnell Williams 2001 28 32 10. Marion Thurmond 2002 32 31
FOUR STARTERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES, NONE NAMED KINNEY:  For the first time this season, four of the five Spartan starters scored in double figures in the win over New Orleans.  What makes this note even more unique is that none of the players in double figures were named James Kinney.  It was the first time this season that Kinney did not score 12 or more points.  Louis Garrett led the team with 14 points, followed by Alex Brown and D.J. Brown each with 13 points and Chris Cunningham with 11 points.
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.
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 87 assists on the season, 4.1 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 seven 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, 13 points and 10 rebounds against UT Arlington and 12 points and 11 rebounds at Seattle U. 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.
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 returns home for three consecutive games at The Event Center.  The Spartans host Utah State on Friday, February 8, followed by New Mexico State on Thursday, February 14, and Denver on Saturday, February 16.  All games start at 7 p.m., at The Event Center.
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