Feb. 27, 2014
Sat., March 1, Utah State (15-13, 5-11)
The Event Center (5,000)
5:06 p.m. PST
TV/VIDEO: ROOT Sports
DirecTV - 683 & 687; DISH 414/5414 (HD); www.themw.com
Drew Goodman, Play-by-Play; Joe Cravens, Analyst
RADIO: KLIV 1590 AM; KSJS 90.5 FM
Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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. 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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.themw.com.