Men's Basketball Hosts Utah State Saturday

Feb. 27, 2014

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Sat., March 1, Utah State (15-13, 5-11)

The Event Center (5,000)

5:06 p.m. PST


DirecTV - 683 & 687; DISH 414/5414 (HD);

Drew Goodman, Play-by-Play; Joe Cravens, Analyst

RADIO:  KLIV 1590 AM; KSJS 90.5 FM

Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play

The Last Meeting
San Jose State67
Utah State86
January 4, 2014
Logan, Utah
Men's Basketball Makes 15 Three-Pointers In 86-67 Loss At Utah State
The Spartans set a new school record with 15 three-point field goals made in a game. Rashad Muhammad led the team with 20 points included 6-for-9 from three-point range.


SPARTANS HOSTS UTAH STATE THIS SATURDAY:  San José State begins March by hosting Utah State this Saturday with a 5:06 p.m. tip at The Event Center.  The game is also designated as Bay Area Sports Night.  Special appearances are planned by mascots Stomper (Oakland A's) and Gigante (San Jose Giants) along with Sammy Spartan.

San José State fell Tuesday night at #13 San Diego State, 90-64.  Prior to that game, the Spartans broke a 13-game losing streak and got the first Mountain West win in school history on February 18 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

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.

TV/VIDEO COVERAGE:  Saturday's game can be seen on ROOT Sports.  Drew Goodman calls the action with Joe Craves 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

All home San José State men's basketball games can be see on the Mountain West Network at and at

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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, or at The Event Center Box Office.

ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies enter Saturday's game with a 15-13 overall record and 5-11 Mountain West record.  The team is currently 10th in the conference standings after falling at #25 New Mexico 67-58 Tuesday night.

Head coach Stew Morrill is in his 16th year at Utah State with a 380-142 school record.  He is in his 28th year as a head and has a 599-290 coaching record.  Morrill started his head coaching career at Montana (1987-1991), then moved to Colorado State (1992-98) before coming to Utah State in 1999.

Three Aggies average double figures in scoring.  Spencer Butterfield leads the team with 364 points, 13.0 per game, followed by Preston Medlin with 359, 12.8 pg, and Jarred Shaw with 328 points, 14.3 ppg. Kyle Davis has a team-best 190 rebounds, 7.6 pg, followed by Shaw with 185, 8.0 rpg.  Medlin has dished out 120 assists.

Utah State leads the overall series, 51-21, and has won the past 13 games in the series.  The Aggies won the earlier meeting this season 88-67, on January 4.  In the game, the Spartans set a school record for three-pointers made in a game with 15.  Rashad Muhammad led the team in scoring with 20 points. 

San José State last won a game in the series during the 2007-08 season with a 70-67 win at The Event Center on February 18, 2008.  Chris Oakes led the Spartans with 21 points and 12 rebounds. San José State's last win in Logan came during the 1981-82 season at 55-47, on February 25, 1982.

 Last 8 Series Meetings

12/31/10            L            80-71            Logan, Utah

1/27/11            L            84-65            The Event Center

3/11/11            L            58-54            Las Vegas, Nev.

1/28/12            L            82-65            Logan, Utah

3/1/12            L            71-61            The Event Center

1/11/13            L            66-60            Logan, Utah

2/8/13            L            63-36            The Event Center

1/4/14            L            86-67            Logan, Utah

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: Rashad Muhammad and Jaleel Williams led all scorers with 14 points a piece, but a season-high turnovers did not help San José State at #13 San Diego State in the 90-64 loss Tuesday night at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl.

The Spartans tied its season high in turnovers with 22 in the game that led to 33 Aztecs points.  San Diego State committed 12 turnovers but only allowed San José State five points.

Muhammad scored 12 of his 14 points from three-point range and now owns the Mountain West Freshman record with 69 three pointers made this season. Williams was 4-for-7 from the field and made all four free throw attempts.  He also led the team in rebounding with eight.

Nine of the 10 Spartans scored in the game.  Chris Cunningham and Devante Wilson each had nine points in the game.  Cunningham grabbed six rebounds, while Wilson blocked two shots.

The Spartans had an early 9-6 lead as the team made three threes to start the game.  SDSU then used a 16-5 run to take a 22-14 lead to open up the game and led 44-30 at halftime.

FIRST MOUNTAIN WEST WIN:  San José State got its first Mountain West win in school history as freshman Jalen James made the game-winning shot with 1.8 seconds left in the 66-64  win at Nevada on February 18.

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.  

MUHAMMAD OWNS MOUNTAIN WEST FRESHMAN 3-POINT RECORD:  Rashad Muhammad now owns the Mountain West Freshman record for three-pointers made in a season.  His 69 three pointers and counting broke the record of 65 held formerly by Utah's Marshal Henderson (2009-10) and UNLV's Katin Reinhardt (2012-13).

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 seven games and has a 3-4 record. 

MUHAMMAD COMES OFF BENCH TO LEAD SPARTANS IN SCORING:  Freshman guard Rashad Muhammad leads the San José State team in scoring this season with 367 points, 13.6 points per game.  He has played in all 27 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 14 games this year, coming off the bench in 13 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 69 of his 165 attempts this year.  He is also the best free throw shooter, making 86-105 attempts (81.9%). 

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.  This season, he is averaging 10.6 points per game, an 8.8 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-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 Tuesday night and fifth  with 65 three-pointers made.  He needs three makes to tie for fifth place and four made to move into fourth 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. Rashad Muhammad            2014            26            164            69

 6. Mac Peterson            2010            31            157            68

  7. Brett Lilly            2004            29            159            65

 8. 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 168, 6.2 per game.  He has recorded five double-doubles this season and 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 four 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 made 238 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 694 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.

BROWN IN THE CAREER RECORD BOOK:  Junior D.J. Brown entered two San José State career lists and is on the cusp of two other lists.  Brown is seventh in three-pointers attempted at 332 and needs four attempts for sixth place.   He is eighth in assists with 256 and needs three to move into seventh 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 has 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            87            106            332

  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. D.J. Brown            2012-C            87            256

 9. Tito Addison            1995-97              84            255

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 286 points in 27 games and is second on the team in scoring at 10.6 points per game. He has led the Spartans in scoring in seven 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.

DISHIN' OUT THE ROCK:  Two Spartans have 70 or more assists on the season.  D.J. Brown leads the team with 76 assists, while Jalen James has 72 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

UP NEXT:  The Spartans take the final road trip of the season next week as the team plays at Colorado State on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. MST.  Fans can watch on