Men's Basketball At Nevada Tuesday Night

Feb. 17, 2014

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Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play


The Last Meeting
San Jose State50
January 1, 2014
The Event Center
Men's Basketball Falls 62-50 To Nevada In First Mountain West Game
Devante Wilson scored 18 points to lead the Spartans, and Chris Cunningham added 10 points and eight rebounds.

SPARTANS TO PLAY THE FIRST OF TWO TUESDAY GAMES:  San José State goes back on the road for two games over the next week.  The Spartans play their only game of the week this Tuesday, February 18, at Nevada.

San José State is looking to break a 13-game losing streak and get the first Mountain West win in school history.  The Spartans lost 46-38 Saturday afternoon to Wyoming as Isaac Thornton scored 14 points.  The team has not won a game since an 87-59 win over Pacifica on December 28. 

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RADIO COVERAGE:  All San José State men's basketball games are broadcast on KSJS, 90.5 FM, and can be heard on  Saturday games can be heard on KLIV, 1590 AM, and at   Justin Allegri calls the action for the Spartans.

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ABOUT NEVADA: The Wolf Pack enter Tuesday night's game with a 12-14 overall record and a 7-6 Mountain West record.  The team is currently fifth in the conference standings after falling at New Mexico, 90-72, Saturday.  Nevada brings a four-game winning streak into the game.

Head coach David Carter is in his fifth season at the helm of the program with an 86-72 coaching record.

Deonte Burton is second in the Mountain West in scoring at 20.1 pointer per game and averages a league-high 38.5 minutes played per game.  Three other Wolf Pack players average double-figure points - Jerry Evans Jr. at 13.2 ppg, Cole Huff at 12.0 ppg, and Michael Perez at 11.6 ppg.  Evans Jr. is the team's top rebounder with 152, 6.1 per game.

Nevada holds a 52-47 advantage in the all-time series.  The Wolf Pack has won the past 12 meetings, dating back to the 2007-08 season.  San José State's last win came on January 10, 2008, when the Spartans won 62-60 at The Event Center.  C.J. Webster led San José State with 17 points, and the Spartans held current Denver Nugget JaVale McGee to just 10 points.

Nevada won the earlier meeting this season, 62-50, on January 1, at The Event Center.  Devante Wilson led the Spartans with 18 points, but a six-minute scoring drought in the second half gave the Wolf Pack the win.  The Spartans were held to just 5-of-20 shooting from three-point range. 

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 his first head-coaching win on November 20, 2013, with an 83-77 win at Pepperdine.

LAST TIME OUT: San José State scored just 38 points, including nine in the second half, in a 46-38 loss to Wyoming this past Saturday at The Event Center.

Isaac Thornton scored a season-best 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-for-6 from three-point range.  His first three-pointer came at the 15:45 mark of the first half and was the team's first made field goal of the game.  He also hit a three in the second half that pulled the Spartans to within 39-36 with 7:48 left in the game.

Chris Cunningham recorded his fourth double-double of the year and 13th of his career with 10 points and 11 rebounds.  He did not miss a second of action on the court as he played all 40 minutes for the first time this season.

For the first time since January 15, San José State went into the locker room at halftime with a lead, 29-26.  The team shot 34.6 percent from the field and were a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the first half.  Dylan Alexander, making his first career start, put the team ahead with a three-pointer at 2:03.  Neither team scored for the final two minutes of the half.

The second half gave the Spartans problems as the team shot just 20 percent from the field (4-of-20) and 10 percent from three-point range (1-for-10) and did not make it to the free throw line.  For the game San José State shot a season-low 28.3 percent (13-of-46).    The nine points scored in the half are the second-lowest total in a half in school history.

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 10 different starting lineups this season.  The last lineup used - Dylan Alexander, Isaac Thornton, Devante Wilson, Jaleel Williams and Chris Cunningham - made its debut Saturday afternoon against Wyoming.  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, 13.7 points per game.  He has played in all 25 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 four categories through Sunday's games.

Muhammad National Rankings (as of 2/16)

3-pt FG/GM            72nd            2.52 pg

3-pt FGM            73rd            63

3-pt Pct.            34th            41.7%

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 81-97 attempts (83.5%). 

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 10.4 points per game, an 8.6 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-20 in three different three-point categories through games of February 16.  The Spartans are fifth in three-point field goal attempts at 642 (VMI #1 at 720), 14th in three-point field goals per game at pg (Iona #1 at 10.7 pg) and 18th in total three-point field goals made at 219 (Iona #1 at 268).

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.


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            25            151            63

 7. Michael Quinney            1998            26            174            63

 9. Steve Haney            1988            29            135            60

 9. Michael Quinney            1999            28            162            60

CUNNINGHAM GRABBING BOARDS:  Chris Cunningham is the team's top rebounders with 159, 6.4 per game.  He has recorded five 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; 13 points and 11 rebounds against Air Force; and 10 points and 11 rebounds against Wyoming.  Cunningham has 13 double-doubles in his Spartan career.  He leads the team with 19 blocked shots.

Nationally, Cunningham is 84th in offensive rebounds at 2.88 per game.

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 two other lists.  Brown is seventh in three-pointers attempted at 328 and needs eight attempts for sixth place.   He is ninth in assists with 251 and needs four 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.


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            85            105            328

  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            85            251

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 260 points in 25 games and is second on the team in scoring at 10.4 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 nine players nationally this year to record a triple-double and one of two freshmen 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.

DISHIN' OUT THE ROCK:  Two Spartans have 60 or more assists on the season.  D.J. Brown leads the team with 71 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.

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

UP NEXT:  The Spartans do play this Saturday.  The team returns to the court next Tuesday, February 25 at #6 San Diego State.  Tip is set for 8:05 p.m. and can be seen on CBS Sports Network.