Men's Basketball Finishes Road Trip At #25 LA Tech

Next Game: Sat., March 2 #25 Louisiana Tech (25-3, 15-0) Thomas Assembly Center/Ruston, La. 7:00 p.m. CST KLIV 1590 AM/KSJS 90.5 FM
FINAL REGULAR-SEASON ROAD GAME:  San Jose State plays its final regular-season road game at #25 Louisiana Tech Saturday evening at 7 p.m. CST.  The Bulldogs are the second nationally-ranked team the Spartans have faced this season. San Jose State enters Saturday’s game with a 9-17 overall record and a 3-12 conference mark.  The Spartans fell at UT Arlington, 81-74, Thursday night.  Louis Garrett led all scorers with a career-best 25 points.
LIVE STATS:  All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.” 
RADIO COVERAGE:  Saturday’s game will be broadcast on KLIV 1590 AM as well as KSJS 90.5 FM.  Justin Allegri will call the action.  The pregame show on KLIV will start 30 minutes prior to tip.  All San Jose State men’s basketball broadcasts will be on KSJS, 90.5 FM, with pregame shows during the week starting 15 minutes prior to tip.  
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ABOUT #25 LOUISIANA TECH:  The Bulldogs enter Saturday night’s game with a 25-3 overall record and perfect 15-0 WAC mark.  The team has won 17 consecutive games and are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the 1984-85 season.   Head coach Michael White is in his second season at the helm of the program.   Raheem Appleby leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game.  Seven players average 5.0 points or better.  Michale Kyser leads the team in rebounding at 5.4 per game.  He has also blocked a team-best 79 shots. Louisiana Tech leads the overall series, 16-9, and won the earlier meeting 76-54 on January 24.  Aalim Moor came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 14 points. The Spartans swept the two meetings during the 2010-11 season - winning 79-74 in Ruston, and 72-60 in San Jose.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman is in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has an 86-158 record in eight seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: Louis Garrett led all scorers with a career-best 25 points in an 81-74 loss at UT Arlington Thursday night.  He was 7-of-15 from the field including 5-for-10 from three-point range and 6-for-8 from the free throw line.  Garrett added three steals, two assists and a block in 36 minutes of action.   For the first time since January 8, four San Jose State starters scored in double figures.  After Garrett, D.J. Brown scored 16 points, followed by Chris Cunningham with 13 and Xavier Jones with 11.   Cunningham recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 13 rebounds.  Xavier Jones dished out a season-best five assists.
NATIONAL RANKINGS:  As of games through Feb. 28, two Spartans rank in the top-100 in three categories.  Chris Cunningham is tied for 40th in rebounds at 9.2 per game and tied for 78th in double-doubles with 8.  Alex Brown is tied for 75th in blocked shots at 1.88 per game.
SPARTANS VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED TEAMS:  For the second time this season, San Jose State will face a nationally-ranked team when the Spartans play at #25 Louisiana Tech.  In November, San Jose State traveled to then-#10 Kansas and fell 70-57 in a nationally-televised game.
FOUR STARTERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES:  Twice this season, four of the five San Jose State starters have scored in double figures.  At UT Arlington Thursday night, Louis Garrett led the team with 25 points, followed by D.J. Brown with 16, Chris Cunningham with 13 and Xavier Jones with 11. In the win over New Orleans in January,  Garrett led the team with 14 points, followed by Alex Brown and D.J. Brown each with 13 points and Cunningham with 11 points.
LOWEST POINT TOTALS IN OVER A YEAR:  The Spartans have scored less than 40 points twice this season - 36 points against Utah State last week and 37 points at Denver.  They are the lowest outputs since last season when the team scored 40 points in a 47-40 loss to Cal Poly last season (Dec. 10, 2011).  The Spartans also scored just 36 points in an 81-36 loss at California on Dec. 7, 2011.
LEADING SCORER OFF THE BENCH:  Three times this season, a Spartan came off the bench to lead the team in scoring. The latest came in the loss to Denver on February 16, when LaVanne Pennington scored eight points off the bench  in 26 minutes of action. At Idaho, D.J. Brown came off the bench and scored a team-high 18 points in 31 minutes of action.  He was 5-of-15 from the field including 3-of-8 from three-point range.  Brown also dished out five assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Against Louisiana Tech, Aalim Moor came off the San Jose State bench and led the team in scoring with a career-high 14 points.  He was 6-for-12 from the field and dished out a career-best four assists in 17 minutes of action. Before this season, the last Spartan to come off the bench and lead the team in scoring was during the 2009-10 season.  Robert Owens scored 22 points in a 59-55 win over Pacific on November 28, 2009.  He was 8-of-12 from the field including 6-of-8 from three-point range.
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS:  Chris Cunningham leads the team with 239 rebounds and averages 9.0 per game, tying for 40th in the country.  Cunningham has grabbed double-digit rebounds in 12 games.  He had five consecutive games with double-digit rebounds earlier this season - 18 against UC Santa Cruz , 11 at #10 Kansas, 10 at Montana State and at UC Davis and 17 against Sacramento State. Cunningham grabbed 10 offensive rebounds against the Hornets, nine offensive at Idaho and six offensive rebounds at UC Davis.  He grabbed 18 rebounds at Idaho.
STARTING LINEUPS:  After using just three different starting lineups in the first 15 games of the season, San Jose State has used seven different lineups in the past 11 games.  The latest lineup against UT Arlington was D.J. Brown, Xavier Jones, Louis Garrett, David Andoh and Chris Cunningham.  Below are the lineups used this season. #1 - D.J. Brown, Kinney, C. Jones, Cunningham, Alex Brown - 4-4 #2 - D.J. Brown, Kinney, Garrett, Cunningham, A. Brown - 5-1 #3 - D.J. Brown, Pennington, Garrett, Cunningham, A. Brown - 0-3 #4 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Pennington, Cunningham, A. Brown - 0-3 #5 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Pennington, Smith, Cunningham - 0-1 #6 - Moor, X. Jones, Garrett, Andoh, Cunningham - 0-1 #7 - D.J. Brown, Moor, Garrett, Andoh, Cunningham - 0-1 #8 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Andoh, Cunningham, A. Brown - 0-1 #9 - D.J. Brown, X. Jones, Garrett, Andoh, Cunningham - 0-2
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL TO NEW HEIGHTS:  With his two blocks at UT Arlington, Alex Brown has moved into a tie for second on the San Jose State Blocked Shots list for a season.  He has blocked 49 shots this season, tying for second with Menelik Barbary who blocked 49 shots during the 2006-07 season.  Brown would need 11 blocks to tie Gerald Thomas who had 62 blocks in the 1987-88 season. This season, Brown had a season-high five blocks against Weber State and has blocked a least one shot in 21 games this season.  
BLOCKED SHOTS (Since 1979) Name Season Games BS  1. Gerald Thomas 1988 29 62   2. Alex Brown 2013 26 49  2. Menelik Barbary 2007 30 49  4. Chris Oakes 2010 31 44  4. Darnell Williams 2000 30 43  6. Chris Oakes 2009 30 40  7. Menelik Barbary 2006 31 38  8. Chris McNealy 1983 28 34  9. Darnell Williams 2001 28 32 10. Marion Thurmond 2002 32 31
CAREER BLOCKS LIST:  With his 49 blocks, Alex Brown has already moved onto the San Jose State career blocks list.  He is now ninth all-time in just 26 games played.
BLOCKED SHOTS (Since 1979) Name Seasons G BS  1. Gerald Thomas 1984, 86-88 113 127  2. Chris Oakes 2008-10 83 111  3. Menelik Barbary 2006-07  61 87  4. Chris McNealy 1981-83  81 81  5. Darnell Williams 2000-01  58 75   6. Lance Holloway 2004, 06-08 87 58  7. Kevin Logan 1990-93 106 58  8. Mike Brotherton 1991, 93-95 104 55   9. Alex Brown 2013 26 49 10. Marion Thurmond 2001-02 60 44
GARRETT MAKING MOST OF HIS STARTS:  After joining the starting lineup against James Madison, Louis Garrett has improved offensively.  In the 13 games he started this season, Garrett is averaging 8.9 points.  He led all scorers with 25 points at UT Arlington, added 21 points in a win over Seattle U and led the team in scoring with 16 points at Texas State and 14 points against New Orleans.  Garrett is shooting 38 percent from the field in those 12 games (40-103).  In the nine games he did not start, Garrett averaged just 2.9 points and shots 35 percent from the field.
DISHING OUT THE ROCK:  D.J. Brown came within one assist of tying the San Jose State Event Center record when he recorded 11 assists in a win over Seattle U.  He dished out assists to four different players in the game - James Kinney (4), Louis Garrett (3), Chris Cunningham (2) and LaVanne Pennington (2). Brown leads the Spartans with 101 assists on the season, 3.9 pg.  He had nine assists at Montana State and Sacramento State.
MORE BLOCKS THIS YEAR: San Jose State’s added height is paying dividends this season, especially defensively.  The team has recorded 93 blocks, smashing last year’s total of 38 blocks in 31 games and  2010-11’s total of 82 blocks, and has had at least one block in 23 games.  The season school record for blocks is 106 blocks in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.  
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Chris Cunningham has eight double-doubles on the season, the most recent Thursday night at UT Arlington with 13 points and 13 rebounds.  His first came with 19 points and 18 rebounds in a win over UC Santa Cruz.  He added 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Montana State, 12 points and 10 rebounds at UC Davis, 10 points and 17 rebounds against Sacramento State, 11 points and 14 rebounds at Texas State, 13 points and 10 rebounds against UT Arlington and 12 points and 11 rebounds at Seattle U.
2013 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2013 WAC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 12 and 14-16 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.  All 10 team advance to the tournament, with teams 7-10 playing on the 12th, and the eight remaining teams in the tournament playing on the 14th.  The championship game will be shown live on ESPNU on the 16th at 8 p.m. PST.
UP NEXT:  San Jose State returns home for the final two regular-season games.  The Spartans host UTSA on Thursday, March 7, and Texas State on Saturday, March 9.  Both games begin at 7 p.m., at The Event Center.