Men's Basketball Headed To Fresno State This Weekend

Feb. 6, 2014

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Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play

SPARTANS TO FACE FRESNO STATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON:  San José State travels to the Central Valley Saturday afternoon to face Fresno State for the first time this season.  The Bulldogs are the only Mountain West team the Spartans have not played this year.

San José State is looking to break a 10-game losing streak and get the first Mountain West win in school history.  The Spartans lost its last game, at New Mexico 74-47 last Saturday evening.  The team has not won a game since an 87-59 win over Pacifica on December 28.

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, live online at www.themw.com.

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TICKETS:  Tickets for all San José State men's basketball tickets may be purchased by visiting the Spartan Ticket Office, calling (408) 924-SJTX, at any Ticketmaster outlet, on the web at www.sjsuspartans.com, or at The Event Center Box Office.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE:  The Bulldogs enter Saturday afternoon's game with a 10-13 overall record and a 3-7 Mountain West record, tying for eighth in the conference standings with Utah State and Air Force.  The Bulldogs won at Air Force, 68-51, Wednesday night as Tyler Johnson led the team with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Head coach Rodney Terry is in his third season at the helm of the program and has a 34-52 coaching record.  He came to Fresno State after spending nine years as an assistant coach for Rick Barnes at Texas.

Four Bulldogs average double-figure points, led by Tyler Johnson at 15.9 points per game.  He is also the team leader in rebounds with 137, 7.2 pg.  Others averaging double-figure points include Marvelle Harris at 14.6 ppg, Cezar Guerrero at 13.8 ppg, and Paul Watson at 10.1 ppg.

Fresno State has a 79-75 lead in the all-time series.  The Spartans have won the past five meetings at The Event Center and last won in Fresno 71-68 in overtime on January 10, 2009.

Last 10 Series Meetings

1/17/2008            W            69-65            The Event Center

1/26/2008            L            75-58            Fresno, Calif.

1/10/2009            W-OT            71-68            Fresno, Calif.

1/24/2009            W            85-79            The Event Center

1/11/2010            L            80-70            Fresno, Calif.

2/27/2010            W            72-45            The Event Center

12/29/2010            L            75-62            Fresno, Calif.

1/29/2011            W            78-66            The Event Center

1/14/2012            L            82-73            Fresno, Calif.

2/9/2012            W-2OT            79-71            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.  A complete listing is on page 8.

LAST TIME OUT: Rashad Muhammad scored 15 points off the bench, and Jalen James added 11 points, but San José State's cold shooting patches at New Mexico and fell 72-47 Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at The Pit (15,411).

Muhammad was 5-of-11 from the field and made three three-pointers after making just four threes combined in the past five games.  James led the Spartans in rebounding with seven to go with his 11 points in 33 minutes of action.

The Spartans did find their three-point shooting in this game, making 10-of-28 attempts.  It was the first game the team has made 10 or more three-pointers since San José State hosted New Mexico on January 11.

Early in the game, San José State got down 17-3 at 13:01 mark of the first half.  The Spartans then made a 13-5 run to cut the Lobo lead to 22-16 with 8:03 left.  However, back-to-back Lobo three-pointers in a span of a minute gave New Mexico the double-digit lead back that they would maintain for the rest of the game.

In the second half, San José State cut the lead to 42-30 on a James three-pointer at 15:48 left in the game, but the Lobos then used a 7-0 run to open up a 22-point lead at 52-30.  The Spartans did not make a field goal for 6:20 before a Chris Cunningham dunk at 9:28 gave the team just its second made field goal in the first 10-plus minutes of the second half.

LARGEST HOME CROWD SINCE 2000:  The Spartans drew 4,117 fans to their game against #7 San Diego State on January 22.  It was the fourth-largest crowd to witness a San José State men's basketball game since the 1999-2000 season when 4,033 fans came for the Fresno State game that the Spartans lost 82-76 in overtime.

Largest Event Center Crowds Since 1998-99 Season

4,773            2/3/01            Fresno State            L, 86-75

4,540            1/7/99            Fresno State            W, 91-64

4,411            2/18/99            #12 Utah            L, 71-49

4,117            1/22/14            #7 San Diego State            L, 75-50

4,033            2/3/00            Fresno State            L-OT, 82-76

 

STARTING LINEUPS:  San José State used its eighth different starting lineup of the season at New Mexico.  Head coach Dave Wojcik started four freshman and one junior - Jalen James, Isaac Thornton, Brandon Mitchell, Matt Pollard and Jaleel Williams. James is the only Spartan to start every game this season.  A complete listing of starting lineups can be found on page 7 of this release.

FACING NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS:  San José State hosted a nationally-ranked team for the first time since the 2006-07 season and the first top-10 ranked team since the 1990-91 season when #7 San Diego State visited on January 22.  The last top-10 team to visit was the 1991 #1 UNLV Runnin' Rebels team that finished the season 34-1. 

This was the first time a team ranked #7 in the polls visited The Event Center and only the second time in school history that San José State faced a team ranked #7 in the polls (UCLA, L, 109-69; 12/22/1977).

A full listing of games against top-20 teams can be found on page 26 of the release.

Last Top-10 Team At The Event Center -

            #7 San Diego State, L 75-50; January 22, 2014

Last Win vs. Top-20 Team -

            vs. #19 Alabama, 60-59 OT; December 27, 1996

            Comerica Cable Car Classic Game, San José Arena

Top-10 Teams to Visit The Event Center

#1 UNLV, L, 88-64            January 31, 1991

#7 San Diego State, L, 75-50            January 22, 2014

#10 UNLV, L, 100-80                        January 6, 1990

MUHAMMAD COMES OFF BENCH TO LEAD SPARTANS IN SCORING:  Freshman guard Rashad Muhammad leads the San José State team in scoring this season with 324 points, 14.7 points per game.  He has played in all 22 games this season, but started just one (Weber State).  He has led the team in scoring in 12 games this year, coming off the bench in 11 games. 

Muhammad is listed in the top-100 in five categories.

Muhammad National Rankings (as of 2/2)

3-pt FG/GM            52nd            2.68 pg

3-pt FGM            42nd            59

3-pt FGA            61st            141

3-pt Pct.            39th            41.8%

Free Throw Pct.            85th            84.6%

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 59 of his 141 attempts this year.  He is also the best free throw shooter, making 77-of91 attempts (84.6%). 

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.

WILLIAMS INCREASE IN PRODUCTION ONE OF TOPS IN MOUNTAIN WEST:  After averaging just 1.8 points and 0.5 rebounds per game in 2012-13, Jaleel Williams has made an impact on this year's Spartan team in scoring and on the glass.  This season, he is averaging 11.3 points per game, a 9.5 per game increase from last season.  That is the sixth-highest increase in scoring between the two seasons by a Mountain West player.  Tre' Coggins of Air Force increased his output by 15 points as he currently averages 17.4 ppg. 

On the glass, Williams has the best increase between seasons, now averaging 5.9 rebounds per game, a 5.4 pg increase.  He is the top player in the Mountain West, followed by Justin Hammonds at Air Force (5.9 rpg) at 4.7 rpg.

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-10 in three different three-point categories through games of February 2.  The Spartans are fourth in three-point field goal attempts at 571 (VMI #1 at 610), eighth in three-point field goals made at 200 (Creighton #1 at 230 pg) and fifth in total three-point field goals per game at 9.1 pg (Creighton #1 at 11.0).

MUHAMMAD IN TOP-10 IN THREE-POINTERS MADE:  Freshman Rashad Muhammad entered the San José State single season last week and is currently 10th with 59 three-pointers made this year.  He needs just one make to tie for eighth place and four made to move into seventh place.

3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE

Name            Season            Games            Att            Made

 1. Robert Owens            2010            31            192            78

 2. Billy Landram            2000            30            197            74

 3. Adrian Oliver            2011            31            171            70

 4. Tim Pierce            2008            32            202            69

 5. Mac Peterson            2010            31            157            68

 6. Brett Lilly            2004            29            159            65

 7. Michael Quinney            1998            26            174            63

 8. Steve Haney            1988            29            135            60

 8. Michael Quinney            1999            28            162            60

10. Rashad Muhammad            2014            22            141            59

GAME SCHOOL RECORD TIED, THEN BROKEN:  Twice this season, San José State made 14 three-pointers in a game.  But on January 4, 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 joined 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. 

BROWN IN THE CAREER RECORD BOOK:  Junior D.J. Brown entered two San José State career lists this season and is on the cusp of the top-10 in two other lists.  He is 10th in assists with 244 and needs three to move into ninth place.  Brown is also eighth in three-pointers attempted at 317 and needs three attempts for seventh place.  Brown is also close to the top-10 in three-pointers made as he has 103 and needs five for the top-10, and steals as he begins the week with 73 and needs eight to make the list.

3-POINT FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED

Name            Seasons            G            Made            Att.

 1. Tim Pierce            2007-09            86            153            471

 2. Tito Addison            1995-97            84            122            375

 3. Adrian Oliver            2009-11            80            138            361

  4. Keith Shamburger            2011-12            63            108            348

 5. Jason Allen            1991-94            97            120            340

 6. Michael Quinney            1998-99            54            123            336

  7.  James Kinney            2012-13            45            120            320

  8.  D.J. Brown            2012-C            82            103            317

10. Robert Owens            2009-10            61            125            315

10. Billy Landram            2000-01            58            106            315

ASSISTS

Name            Seasons            G            ASST

 1. Justin Graham            2007-11            119            508

 2. Michael Dixon            1982-85            107            477

 3. Ken Mickey            1974, 76-77             82            476

 4. Mike Mendez            1978-81            108            469

 5. Marmet Williams            1994-98            112            318

 6. Ricky Berry            1986-88             84            266

 7. Terry Cannon            1990-92              97            259

 8. Tito Addison            1995-97              84            255

  9. Rodney Scott            1987-89             71            247

10. D.J. Brown            2012-C            82            244

WILLIAMS SCORING AT NEW HIGHS:  After scoring just 68 points the first two years of his Spartan career, Jaleel Williams has scored 248 points in 22 games and is second on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game. He has led the Spartans in scoring in six 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 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 

MOUNTAIN WEST Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Jalen James was named the Mountain West Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 9, after his triple-double performance at Houston.  James was honored along with Cameron Bairstow of New Mexico.

James recorded career highs of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 38 minutes of play at Houston.  He was 3-for-4 from the field including 2-for-2 from three-point range and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.  His four made free throws came in the final 17 seconds of the game to secure the victory.

James is one of seven players nationally this year to record a triple-double and the only freshman to accomplish this feat. 

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 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 is one of the team's top rebounders with 130, 5.9 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 18 blocked shots.

LARGEST WINNING MARGIN SINCE 2011:  With the 81-59 win over Cal State Fullerton on November 23, the Spartans recorded the biggest win of 20 or more points over a Division I school since 2011-12.  San José State defeated UC Davis, 79-59, on December 20, 2011. 

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.  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 Monday, March 3.  To RSVP, please contact Blake Sasaki at 408-924-3300 or blake.sasaki@sjsu.edu.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans return to The Event Center next week for two home games against Mountain West foes.  The team hosts Air Force on Wednesday, February 12, at 7 p.m., and Wyoming on Saturday, February 15, at 2 p.m.