Men's Basketball Hosts Wyoming For A Saturday Matinee

Feb. 13, 2014

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Sat., Feb. 15, Wyoming (15-9, 6-5)

The Event Center (5,000)

2:00 p.m. PST

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RADIO:  KLIV 1590 AM; KSJS 90.5 FM

Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play

The Last Meeting
San Jose State56
Wyoming67
January 18, 2014
Laramie, Wyo.
Brown Scores 18 Points in 67-56 Loss
D.J. Brown paced San Jose State (6-12, 0-6) with 18 points but the Spartans fell to Wyoming, 67-56. Three Spartans scored in double figures.

SPARTANS HOST WYOMING FOR SATURDAY MATINÉE:  San José State continues at home Saturday afternoon as the Spartans host Wyoming for an afternoon game at The Event Center.  The Cowboys are currently fifth in the Mountain West standings with a 6-5 conference record.

San José State is looking to break a 12-game losing streak and get the first Mountain West win in school history.  The Spartans lost 51-48 Wednesday night to Air Force.  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.

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.

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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 WYOMING:  The Cowboys enter Saturday afternoon's game with a 15-9 overall record and 6-5 Mountain West record.  The team upset #5 San Diego State, 68-62, Tuesday night at the Arena-Auditorium.  Riley Grabau led all scorers with 17 points, and Larry Nance Jr. added 14 points and six rebounds.

Head coach Larry Shyatt is in his fourth year at the school with a 75-44 record.  He is in his ninth year as a head coach with a 145-128 coaching record.

Three Cowboys average in double-figure points, led by Larry Nance Jr. at 15.7 per game.  He is also the team's top rebounder at 8.8 per game.  Josh Adams averages 11.6 points per game and has a team-high 66 assists.  Riley Brabau averages 11.3 points per game and is shooting 92.2 percent from the free throw line.

Wyoming has a 5-1 lead in the all-time series.  The Cowboys won the earlier meeting in January 67-56 at the Arena-Auditorium.  Spartan D.J. Brown scored a season-high 18 points, but San José State got just four points from the bench.

Brown was one of three Spartans to score in double-figures.  He was 6-for-12 from the floor including 4-for-8 from three-point range.  Brown added three assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes of action.

Devante Wilson added 13 points as he was 4-for-8 from the field including 3-for-6 from three-point range.  Chris Cunningham scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting.  He, along with Rashad Muhammad and Isaac Thornton, each grabbed six rebounds to lead San José State.

Series Meetings

1/29/65            L            92-70            Laramie, Wyo.

12/19/69            L            88-81            Laramie, Wyo.

12/11/70            L            76-58            San José, Calif.

1/23/97            L            75-59            Laramie, Wyo.

2/22/97            W            67-62            The Event Center

1/18/14            L            67-56            Laramie, Wyo.

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: San José State's bid for its first Mountain West Conference men's basketball win fell seconds short in a 51-48 loss to Air Force at The Event Center Wednesday night.

Devante Wilson's potential game-tying three-point basket try from just beyond the top of the key at the buzzer was blocked by DeLovell Earls preserving the Falcons' win. Wilson led San José State in scoring with 15 points.

Chris Cunningham notched his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Spartans outrebounded the Falcons, 41-33. It was the first time in six games San José State outrebounded an opponent.

Both teams struggled from the field. Air Force shot 32.8 percent in the win (19-of-58), only slightly better than San José State's 30.2 percent (16-of-53).

Air Force took a 29-22 halftime lead in part hitting 6-of-14 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. The Falcons led by as many as nine points, 46-37 with 7:42 remaining.

The Spartans went on an 11-1 rally over the next 4:45, taking their first lead of the game at 48-47, on a Dylan Alexander runner in the lane with 2:58 remaining. Alexander nailed a three-pointer on San José State's previous possession to cut the deficit to 47-46.

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 nine different starting lineups this season.  The last lineup used - D.J. Brown, Isaac Thornton, Devante Wilson, Jaleel Williams and Chris Cunningham - made its debut Wednesday night against Air Force.  A complete listing of starting lineups can be found on page 7 of this release.

MUHAMMAD COMES OFF BENCH TO LEAD SPARTANS IN SCORING:  Freshman guard Rashad Muhammad leads the San José State team in scoring this season with 342 points, 14.3 points per game.  He has played in all 24 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 10.8 points per game, a 9.0 per game increase from last season.   On the glass, Williams has the best increase between seasons, now averaging 5.8 rebounds per game, a 5.3 pg increase.

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 63 three-pointers made.  He needs two makes to tie for sixth place and five made to move into fifth 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. Rashad Muhammad            2014            24            150            63

 7. Michael Quinney            1998            26            174            63

 9. Steve Haney            1988            29            135            60

 9. Michael Quinney            1999            28            162            60

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 327 and needs nine attempts for sixth place.   He is 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            84            105            327

  8.  James Kinney            2012-13            45            120            320

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. D.J. Brown            2012-C            84            249

10. 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 10.8 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.

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. 

CUNNINGHAM GRABBING BOARDS:  Chris Cunningham is one of the team's top rebounders with 148, 6.2 per game.  He has recorded four double-doubles this season - 13 points and 10 rebounds versus CS Fullerton; 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds at Weber State; 18 points and 11 rebounds against Westminster; and 13 points and 11 rebounds against Air Force.  Cunningham has 12 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.  D.J. Brown leads the team with 698 assists, while Jalen James has 68 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 blake.sasaki@sjsu.edu.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans go on the road for the team's only game of the week.  The team plays at Nevada on Tuesday, February 18, beginning at 7 p.m.  Fans can watch live on the Mountain West Network at www.themw.com.