Men's Basketball Hosts Utah State Friday Night

Next Game: Fri., Feb. 8 Utah State (16-5, 7-4) The Event Center, San Jose, Calif. 7:00 p.m. PST KSJS 90.5 FM
SPARTANS HOME FOR TWO WEEKS:  After spending five of the past seven weeks on the road, San Jose State returns to The Event Center for three games over the next two weeks.  This week, the Spartans host Utah State on Friday in the team’s only game of the week and are looking to break a seven-game losing streak. San Jose State enters Friday’s game with a 9-13 overall record and a 3-8 conference mark.  The Spartans fell at Idaho, 66-63, last Saturday night.  D.J. Brown came off the bench and led the team in scoring with 18 points.  Chris Cunningham tied a career high as he grabbed 18 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:  Friday’s game will be broadcast on KSJS 90.5 FM.  Justin Allegri will call the action with pregame show 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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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.
PROMOTIONS FOR FRIDAY:  Friday night is “Pack The House/Gold Out Night” for the game.  The first 500 people into the building will get a gold t-shirt.  Before the game, a student organization fair will be held on the Event Center Patio.  Fans also have their chance to see their favorite mascots from the San Jose Sharks, Oakland A’s, San Jose Earthquakes and San Jose Giants.
ABOUT UTAH STATE:  The Aggies enter Friday night’s game with a 16-5 overall record and a 7-4 WAC mark, good for fourth in the conference standings.  The team won both road games last week, at Idaho 77-67, and at Seattle U 68-46. Head coach Stew Morrill is in his 27th season as a collegiate head coach and has a 576-258 record.  He is in his 15th season at Utah State with a 361-124 record. Jarred Shaw leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and in rebounding at 8.4 per game.  Preston Medlin, the team’s leading scorer for the first 16 games, is currently out with a fractured wrist.  The Aggies are also without forward Kyisean Reed is out for the season with a torn ACL. Both injuries happened in their game at New Mexico State. Utah State leads the overall series, 49-21, and has won the past 11 games including a 66-60 win in Logan on January 11.  Three Spartans starters scored in double figures, led by D.J. Brown with 16 points, while Chris Cunningham scored 15, points grabbed eight rebounds and dished out a season-high four assists.  Xavier Jones,  scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting and had two assists and a steal in 35 minutes of action. The Spartans last won a game in the series during the 2007-08 season with a 70-67 win at The Event Center on February 18, 2008. Chris Oakes led the Spartans with 21 points and 12 rebounds. San Jose State’s last win in Logan came during the 1981-82 season at 55-47, on February 25, 1982.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman is in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has an 86-154 record in eight seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: D.J. Brown scored 18 points, and Chris Cunningham grabbed 18 rebounds, but San Jose State's free throw shooting kept the Spartans from winning at Idaho, 66-63, last Saturday night. Brown came off the bench to score in double figures for the ninth time this season.  He is the second Spartan in four games to come off the bench to lead the team in scoring (Aalim Moor w/14 against Louisiana Tech.) Cunningham tied his season-high with 18 rebounds, nine offensive and nine defensive.  He had a block and a steal, but was just 2-for-14 from the field. San Jose State made just 8-of-24 free throws Saturday night, a season-low 33 percent from the line.  The team made just 4-of-15 in the second half when the Spartans were fighting to take the lead from Idaho. The Spartans held Idaho to just 6-of-21 from the field in the second half, but the Vandals were 12-for-14 from the free throw line in the second half The Spartans featured the sixth different starting lineup this season. Moor and David Andoh got their first career starts.  Moor scored six points, while Andoh had six rebounds. 
NATIONAL RANKINGS:  As of games through Feb. 3, two Spartans rank in the top-75 in three categories.  Chris Cunningham is tied for 44th in rebounds at 9.0 per game and tied for 55th in double-doubles with 7.  Alex Brown is tied for 53rd in blocked shots at 2.05 per game.
LEADING SCORER OFF THE BENCH:  Twice this season, a Spartan came off the bench to lead the team in scoring.  The latest came last Saturday night as D.J. Brown came off the bench and scored a team-high 18 points in 31 minutes of action.  He was 5-of-15 from the field including 3-of-8 from three-point range.  Brown also dished out five assists and grabbed seven rebounds. 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. Before this season, the last Spartan to come off the bench and lead the team in scoring was during the 2009-10 season.  Robert Owens 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.
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS:  Chris Cunningham leads the team with 199 rebounds and averages 9.0 per game, tying for 44th 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, nine offensive at Idaho and six offensive rebounds at UC Davis.  He also grabbed 18 rebounds at Idaho last weekend.
STARTING LINEUPS:  After using just three different starting lineups in the first 15 games of the season, San Jose State has used four different lineups in the past seven games.  The past two games have featured different lineups for the team.  The latest lineup at Idaho was Aalim Moor, Xavier Jones, Louis Garrett, David Andoh and Chris Cunningham.  Below are the six lineups used this season. #1 - D.J. Brown, Kinney, C. Jones, Cunningham, Alex Brown - 4-4 #2 - D.J. Brown, Kinney, Garrett, Cunningham, A. Brown - 5-1 #3 - D.J. Brown, Pennington, Garrett, Cunningham, A. Brown - 0-3 #4 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Pennington, Cunningham, A. Brown - 0-3 #5 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Pennington, Smith, Cunningham - 0-1 #6 - Moor, X. Jones, Garrett, Andoh, Cunningham - 0-1
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.
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL:  Alex Brown alters shots on the court and has a team-best 45 blocks on the season.  He had a season-best five blocks against Weber State and has blocked a least one shot in 19 games this season.  He is now third on the San Jose State single-season list with 45 blocks this season after passing Chris Oakes last Saturday with two blocks at Idaho.   Brown needs four blocks to tie Menelik Barbary for second place with 49 blocks, but would have to block 17 shots to tie Gerald Thomas for the school record at 62.
BLOCKED SHOTS (Since 1979) Name Season Games BS  1. Gerald Thomas 1988 29 62  2. Menelik Barbary 2007 30 49  3. Alex Brown 2013 22 45  4. Chris Oakes 2010 31 44  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
FIRST STARTS:  Over the past two games, three players have got their first start of their season/career for the Spartans.  Stephon Smith made his first start of the year at Seattle U.  Senior Aalim Moor made his first career start at Idaho and scored six points.  Freshman David Andoh made his first start as a Spartan at Idaho where he contributed four points and six rebounds.
CAREER BLOCKS LIST:  With his 45 blocks, Alex Brown has already moved onto the San Jose State career blocks list.  He is now ninth all-time in just 22 games played.
BLOCKED SHOTS (Since 1979) Name Seasons G BS  1. Gerald Thomas 1984, 86-88 113 127  2. Chris Oakes 2008-10 83 111  3. Menelik Barbary 2006-07  61 87  4. Chris McNealy 1981-83  81 81  5. Darnell Williams 2000-01  58 75   6. Lance Holloway 2004, 06-08 87 58  7. Kevin Logan 1990-93 106 58  8. Mike Brotherton 1991, 93-95 104 55  9. Alex Brown 2013 22 45 10. Marion Thurmond 2001-02 60 44

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 at home next week with two more games.  The Spartans host 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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