Men's Basketball At MW Co-Leader Tuesday Night

Feb. 24, 2014

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Tues., Feb. 25, #13/13 San Diego State (23-3, 12-2)

Viejas Arena (12,414)

8:00 p.m. PST

TV/VIDEO:  CBS Sports Network

Comcast - 418/732 (HD); DirecTV - 221;

DISH - 158/158 (HD); AT&T Uverse - 643/1643 (HD)

Spero Dedes, Play-by-Play; Steve Kerr, Doug Gottlieb, Analyst

RADIO:  KSJS 90.5 FM

Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play

The Last Meeting
San Diego State75
San Jose State50
January 22, 2014
The Event Center
Men's Basketball Falls 75-50 To #7 San Diego State
Devante Wilson scored a team-best 14 points as the Spartans played in front of 4,117 fans at The Event Center Wednesday night.

SPARTANS TAKE WINNING STREAK TO #13/13 SAN DIEGO STATE:  San José State plays its second consecutive road Tuesday night game this week as the team plays at #13 San Diego State.  The Aztecs are tied atop the Mountain West standings with New Mexico at 12-2.

San José State broke a 13-game losing streak and got the first Mountain West win in school history last Tuesday night with a 66-64 win at Nevada.  Jalen James made the winning basket with 1.8 seconds left on the clock. Isaac Thornton led the Spartans with 15 points.

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:  Tuesday's game can be seen on CBS Sports Network.  Spero Dedes calls the action with Steve Kerr and Doug Gottlieb giving analysis.  The network can be found on Comcast 418; DirecTV 221; DISH 158; and AT&T Uverse at 643.

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. 

ABOUT #13/13 SAN DIEGO STATE: The Aztecs enter Tuesday night's game with a 23-3 overall record and a 12-2 Mountain West mark.  The team is tied with New Mexico atop the conference standings at 12-2.  San Diego State fell at New Mexico, 58-44, Saturday night at The Pit.  Winston Shepard led the team  with 10 points and six rebounds.

Head coach Steve Fisher is in his 15th year at San Diego State with a 304-174 school record.  He is in his 23rd full season as head coach with a 488-256 record.  His teams have made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.

Xavier Thames leads the team in scoring and is fifth in the Mountain West at 16.8 points per game.  He also has team-bests of 73 assists and 41 steals.  Winston Shepard also averages in double figures at 12.4 per game.  Josh Davis leads the team in rebounding with 251 boards, 10.5 per game, third-highest in the Mountain West.

San José State holds a 34-31 series advantage.  The Aztecs won the earlier meeting 75-50 at The Event Center on January 22.  The Spartans were within five of the Aztecs at 35-30 with 17:33 left in the game before San Diego State used a 32-2 explosion over the next 4:40 to open up the game.

 Last 7 Series Meetings

2/1/1997            W            76-72            The Event Center

2/27/1997            W            65-63            San Diego, Calif.

1/29/1998            L            88-75            San Diego, Calif.

2/28/1998            W            74-66            The Event Center

1/30/1999            W            82-57            The Event Center

2/27/1999            L            75-72            San Diego, Calif.

1/22/2014            L            75-50            The Event Center

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: The San José State men's basketball team showed poise as freshman Jalen James made the game-winning shot with 1.8 seconds left in 66-64 Mountain West win at Nevada last Tuesday night.

After Nevada's Deonte Burton tied the game with two made free throws with 10.3 seconds left, San José State brought the ball down the floor, and James took his first of two shots.  His first shot was blocked by AJ West, but James got the offensive rebound (his only one of the game), elevated in the key and shot it over the Nevada defender for the game winner.

Nevada had one last shot with 1.8 seconds left, but a three-point attempt by Michael Perez went left of the rim.  As the clock ran out, the Spartans got its first Mountain West win in school history.

The Spartans showed a lot of poise throughout the game, going down five early in the game (12-7), fighting back to tie it at 19-19 and take the first of 15 lead changes in the game.  For the second consecutive game, San José State took a lead into the locker room at halftime, this time 33-26.

After halftime, San José State went out to a nine point lead on two Jaleel Williams made free throws just 22 seconds into the half.  The Spartans held the lead, but Nevada slowly chipped away and took a 42-41 lead with 13:50 left.  The two teams battle back and fourth the rest of the half.

Nevada went cold from the field the final 8:40 of the game.  After taking a 53-50 lead, the Wolf Pack missed eight shots from the field the rest of the game and scored all 11 of its points from the free throw line (11-of-14).

All nine Spartans scored in the game. Freshman Isaac Thornton led the team in scoring with a season-best 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting including 3-of-6 from three-point range.  He also had a team-best six rebounds.  Williams had 12 points.

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 - Jalen James, Isaac Thornton, Devante Wilson, Jaleel Williams and Chris Cunningham - has appeared in six games and has a 3-3 record.

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 353 points, 13.6 points per game.  He has played in all 26 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-110 in four categories through Sunday's games.

Muhammad National Rankings (as of 2/23)

3-pt FG/GM            72nd            2.5 pg

3-pt FGM            86th            65

3-pt Pct.            28th            41.7%

Free Throw Pct.            108th            83.2%

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 65 of his 156 attempts this year.  He is also the best free throw shooter, making 84-101 attempts (83.2%). 

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 10.5 points per game, an 8.7 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.

MUHAMMAD TIES MOUNTAIN WEST FRESHMAN 3-POINT RECORD:  Rashad Muhammad tied the Mountain West Freshman record for three-pointers made in a season during the Nevada game on February 18.  He made two of his five attempts and has 65 on the season, tying Utah's Marshal Henderson (2009-10) and UNLV's Katin Reinhardt (2012-13).

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-25 in three different three-point categories through games of February 23.  The Spartans are eighth in three-point field goal attempts at 667 (VMI #1 at 763), 15th in three-point field goals per game at 8.8 pg (Iona #1 at 10.4 pg) and 23rd in total three-point field goals made at 228 (Iona #1 at 281).

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 tied for sixth with 65 three-pointers made.  He needs three makes to tie for fifth place and four made to move into fourth 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. Rashad Muhammad            2014            26            156            65

 6. Brett Lilly            2004            29            159            65

 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 162, 6.2 per game.  He has recorded five double-doubles this season.  Cunningham has 13 double-doubles in his Spartan career.  He leads the team with 21 blocked shots.

Nationally, Cunningham is 92nd in offensive rebounds at 2.85 per game.

THREE-POINT TEAM SEASON RECORDS OBLITERATED:  With at least five games left in the 2013-14 season, this San José State team has already set the school records for three-point field goals made and attempted in a season.  The Spartans have currently made 228 three pointers, breaking the old record of 207 set in 2011 (207-556). 

The team also has over 100 more three-point attempts than the record.  The Spartans enter the game with 667 attempts, breaking the old record of 561 set in 32 games in 2002.

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.

James is one of nine players nationally this year to record a triple-double and one of two freshmen to accomplish this feat.

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 331 and needs five attempts for sixth place.   He is ninth in assists with 251 and needs one to move into eighth place.  Brown is also close to the top-10 in three-pointers made as he has 106 and needs two 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            86            106            331

  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            86            254

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 272 points in 26 games and is second on the team in scoring at 10.5 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.

COMEBACK KIDS, NEVER COUNT THEM OUT:  In four of the seven 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

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 74 assists, while Jalen James has 69 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 return home on Saturday, March 1, for a game with Utah State beginning at 5:05 p.m.  Fan unable to attend can watch on ROOT Sports or www.themw.com.