Feb. 10, 2014
Wed., Feb. 12, Air Force (9-13, 3-8)
The Event Center (5,000)
7:00 p.m. PST
TV/VIDEO: ROOT Sports
DirecTV - 683 & 687; DISH 414/5414 (HD); www.themw.com
Tim Neverett, Play-by-Play; Dave Bollwinkel, Analyst
RADIO: KSJS 90.5 FM
Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play
SPARTANS HOST AIR FORCE WEDNESDAY: San José State returns to The Event Center this week for two Mountain West games. The Spartans begin the week hosting Air Force Wednesday evening and finishes with Wyoming Saturday afternoon. The Falcons are currently 10th in the Mountain West standings, while the Spartans are 11th.
San José State is looking to break a 11-game losing streak and get the first Mountain West win in school history. The Spartans lost at Fresno State 82-56 this past Saturday afternoon. 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: Wednesday's game can be seen on ROOT Sports. Tim Neverett calls the action with Dave Bollwinkel giving his analysis. The station can be found on DirecTV channels 683 and 687, and DISH channel 414/5414 (HD). Fans can also watch live online at www.themw.com.
All home San José State men's basketball games can be see on the Mountain West Network at www.themw.com and at www.sjsuspartans.com/videos.
FACEBOOK/TWITTER: Follow the Spartan men's basketball team (@SJSUMBB) and all San José State athletics teams on the web. Join the official SJSU Spartans page on Facebook and read the latest tweets on Twitter @SJSUAthletics.
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 AIR FORCE: The Falcons enter Wednesday night's game with a 9-13 overall record and a 3-8 Mountain West mark. The team fell to Colorado State, 68-56, Saturday at home and have lost their last six games.
Head coach Dave Pilipovich is in his second full season as head coach after taking over the program on February 8, 2012, and named the permanent head coach on March 3, 2012. He has a 29-33 coaching record.
Four Falcons average double-figures in scoring, led by Tre' Coggins at 17.5 points per game, the fourth-best scorer in the Mountain West. Max Yon averages 13.2 points, Marek Olesinski is at 12.5 points per game and Kamryn Williams averages 10.3 points per game. Coggins leads the MW in three-point field goals made per game at 2.8 and is first in three-point percentage at .446.
San José State has won three of the four games in the series with Air Force. The Falcons won the earlier meeting this season, 77-62, in Colorado Springs on January 15. Rashad Muhammad led the Spartans with 12 points, while Jaleel Williams had 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting.
San José State forced 23 Air Force turnovers in the game, but got just 14 points off those turnovers. The Spartans also committed 16 turnovers in the game.
Three Falcons scored in double-figures, led by Tre' Coggins with 27 points. He was 9-for-13 from the field including 5-for-8 from three-point range. Marek Olesinski added 19 points and seven rebounds, while Kamryn Williams scored 11 points.
12/6/72 W 74-67 Colorado Springs, Colo.
1/16/97 W 62-45 The Event Center
2/13/97 W 88-77 Colorado Springs, Colo.
1/15/14 L 77-62 Colorado Springs, Colo.
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.
LAST TIME OUT: Fresno State's top-three scorers combined for 54 points Saturday as San José State shot 30.4 percent from the field, and the Spartan team lost 82-56 at the Save Mart Center.
Rashad Muhammad led all Spartan scorers with 13 points but was just 3-of-11 from the field, all three makes from three-point range.
For the game, San José State shot 30.4 percent (29.6 percent in the second half) and 28.6 percent from three-point range (21.4 percent in second half). The positive came at the free throw line where the team was 87.5 percent (14-of-16).
Jaleel Williams was the only other Spartan in double figures with 10 points. Chris Cunningham led the team with seven rebounds and added nine points. D.J. Brown added eight points and three assists, while Isaac Thornton had eight points and five rebounds.
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 has used eight different starting lineups this season. The last lineup used was Jalen James, Isaac Thornton, Devante Wilson, Jaleel Williams and Chris Cunningham. This lineup has been used in five games this season. James is the only Spartan to start every game this season.
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).
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 337 points, 14.7 points per game. He has played in all 23 games this season, but started just one (Weber State) as he is one of the first players off the bench. He has led the team in scoring in 13 games this year, coming off the bench in 12 of those games.
Nationally, Muhammad is listed in the top-105 in five categories through Sunday's games.
Muhammad National Rankings (as of 2/9)
3-pt FG/GM 51st 2.7 pg
3-pt FGM 52nd 62
3-pt FGA 85th 148
3-pt Pct. 36th 41.9%
Free Throw Pct. 104th 83.5%
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 11.2 points per game, a 9.4 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 17.5 ppg.
On the glass, Williams has the best increase between seasons, now averaging 5.8 rebounds per game, a 5.3 pg increase. He is the top player in the Mountain West, followed by Justin Hammonds at Air Force (5.7 rpg) at 4.5 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-15 in three different three-point categories through games of February 9. The Spartans are seventh in three-point field goal attempts at 500 (VMI #1 at 659), eighth in three-point field goals per game at 9.0 pg (Iona #1 at 10.7 pg) and 13th in total three-point field goals made at 208 (Iona #1 at 245).
MUHAMMAD IN TOP-10 IN THREE-POINTERS MADE: Freshman Rashad Muhammad moved up the San José State single season three-point field goals made list last week and is eighth with 62 three-pointers made. He needs just one make to tie for seventh place and three made to move into sixth 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. Rashad Muhammad 2014 23 148 62
9. Steve Haney 1988 29 135 60
9. Michael Quinney 1999 28 162 60
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 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. Brown is seventh in three-pointers attempted at 322 and needs 14 attempts for sixth place. He is tied for ninth in assists with 247 and needs eight to move into eighth place. Brown is also close to the top-10 in three-pointers made as he has 105 and needs three 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. D.J. Brown 2012-C 83 105 322
8. James Kinney 2012-13 45 120 320
10. Robert Owens 2009-10 61 125 315
10. Billy Landram 2000-01 58 106 315
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. D.J. Brown 2012-C 83 247
9. Rodney Scott 1987-89 71 247
WILLIAMS SCORING AT NEW HIGHS: After scoring just 68 points the first two years of his Spartan career, Jaleel Williams has scored 258 points in 23 games and is second on the team in scoring at 11.2 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
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 137, 6.0 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 19 blocked shots.
DISHIN' OUT THE ROCK: Two Spartans have 60 or more assists on the season. Jalen James leads the team with 68 assists, while D.J. Brown has 67 assists. James had 10 assists at Houston, while Brown dished out six assists at Santa Clara and at Weber State.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
UP NEXT: The Spartans host Wyoming this Saturday, February 15, at 2 p.m., inside The Event Center.