Men's Basketball To Play Final MW Road Game

March 3, 2014

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Next Game:

Wed., March 5, at Colorado State (15-14, 6-10)

Moby Arena (8,745)

7:00 p.m. MST

VIDEO:  Mountain West Network - www.themw.com

RADIO:  KSJS 90.5 FM

Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play 

SPARTANS TO MAKE FINAL MOUNTAIN WEST ROAD TRIP:  San José State makes its final conference road trip this week in the school's inaugural season in the Mountain West.  The tea plays at Colorado State Wednesday night at 7 p.m. MST.  The Spartans have never beaten the Rams in seven meetings.

The Last Meeting
Colorado State66
San Jose State64
January 8, 2014
The Event Center
Muhammad's 28 Points Not Enough In 66-64 Loss
The Spartans shot 47.5 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the free throw line, but made just 3-of-6 free throws the last 31.4 seconds of the 66-64 loss to Colorado State.

San José State is looking to start a new winning streak after losing to Utah State 75-58, Saturday night at The Event Center. D.J. Brown came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 15 points, and four Spartans scored in double figures.

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:  Fans can watch Tuesday's game live online on the Mountain West Network 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 COLORADO STATE: The Rams enter Wednesday night's game with a 15-14 overall record and 6-10 Mountain West mark.  The team is currently eighth in the conference standings.

Head coach Larry Eustachy is in his second season at Colorado State with a 41-23 record.  He is in his 23rd season as a head coach with a 443-291 record.  Eustachy is familiar to many Spartan fans as he coached at Utah State from the 1994 season through the 1998 season.  San José State won the 1996 Big West Tournament Championship over Eustachy's Aggies with a 76-75 overtime win in Reno.   The Spartans played at the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Kentucky in the first round.

Three Rams average double-digit points, led by J.J. Avila at 16.8 points per game, the fifth-best total in the Mountain West.  Bejarano averages 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Jon Octeus averages 13.3 points per game.

Colorado State has a 7-0 advantage in the all-time series.  The Rams won the earlier meeting this season, 66-64, at The Event Center on January 8.  San José State had the ball for the last 6.7 seconds of the game, but Rashad Muhammad lost his footing and could not get a shot off.  Muhammad led all scorers with 28 points including 5-for-6 from three-point range.

Series Meetings

12/22/1969            L            91-65            Fort Collins, Colo.

1/25/1997            L            80-75            Moby Arena

2/20/1997            L            66-64            The Event Center

12/22/1997            L            58-41            The Event Center

1/21/1998            L            81-52            Moby Arena

12/20/1999            L            61-57            Pearl Harbor Invitational

1/8/2014            L            66-64            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: Four San José State players scored in double figures in a 75-58 loss to Utah State this past Saturday night at The Event Center.

For the sixth time this season and first time in Mountain West play, the Spartans had a quartet of scorers in double figures..  D.J. Brown led the team with 15 points, followed by Jaleel Williams with 11, Jalen James with 11 and Chris Cunningham with 10. 

San José State fell behind 12-0 before Brown hit a 3-point basket nearly five minutes into the game. Brown, who had scored just 15 points in the previous seven games, matched that total against Utah State to lead the Spartans in scoring.

 The Spartans trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half and 39-28 at halftime. San José State cut the deficit to 47-41 on Brown's third and final three-point basket of the night. A 6-0 run by Utah State got the lead back into double digits and the Spartans only got as close as eight points the rest of the way.

San José State was able to stay in the game most of the night by getting to the free throw line. The Spartans took 31 attempts, despite not shooting a free throw in the final 6:27. San José State missed out on several chances to get closer to Utah State converting just 64.5 percent of its tries. 

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 70 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 eight games and has a 3-5 record.  A complete listing can be found on page 7.

MUHAMMAD COMES OFF BENCH TO LEAD SPARTANS IN SCORING:  Freshman guard Rashad Muhammad leads the San José State team in scoring this season with 372 points, 13.3 points per game.  He has played in all 28 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-100 in three categories through Sunday's games.

Muhammad National Rankings (as of 3/3)

3-pt FG/GM            67th            2.5 pg

3-pt FGM            84th            70

3-pt Pct.            27th            41.4%

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 top of the NCAA this season.  The Spartans rank in the top-25 in three different three-point categories through games of March 2.  The Spartans are eighth in three-point field goal attempts at 720 (VMI #1 at 882), 15th in three-point field goals per game at 8.7 pg (Iona #1 at 10.4 pg) and 24th in total three-point field goals made at 244 (Iona #1 at 303).

MUHAMMAD NEARING THREE-POINTERS MADE RECORD:  Freshman Rashad Muhammad is closing in on the San José State single-season three-pointers made record.  He has made 70 three pointers, tied for the third-highest total in school history.  Muhammad needs just eight made threes to tie the record of 78 set by Robert Owens during the 2009-10 season.

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. Rashad Muhammad            2014            28            169            70

 3. Adrian Oliver            2011            31            171            70

 5. Tim Pierce            2008            32            202            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 177, 6.3 per game.  He has recorded five double-doubles this season and 13 double-doubles in his Spartan career.  He leads the team with 23 blocked shots.

Nationally, Cunningham is 82nd in offensive rebounds at 2.86 per game.

THREE-POINT TEAM SEASON RECORDS OBLITERATED:  With at least three 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 244 three pointers, breaking the old record of 207 set in 2011 (207-556). 

The team also has over 150 more three-point attempts than the record.  The Spartans enter the game with 720 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 broke 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.

QUARTET OF SPARTAN SCORERS:  In six of the 28 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

Utah State - Brown 15, Williams 11, Cunningham 10, James 10

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 three San José State career lists this season and is on the cusp of one other list.  Brown is sixth in three-pointers attempted at 337 and needs four attempts for sixth place.   He is eighth in assists with 256 and needs three to move into seventh place.  Brown is 10th in three-point field goals made with 109.  He needs four makes for ninth place.  He is also close to the top-10 in steals as he has 75 and needs six to make the list.

3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE

Name            Seasons            G            Att.            Made

 1. Tim Pierce            2007-09            86            471            153

 2. Adrian Oliver            2009-11            80            361            138

  3. Robert Owens            2009-10            61            315            125

 4. Michael Quinney            1998-99            54            336            123

 5. Tito Addison            1995-97            84            375            122

 6. Jason Allen            1991-94            97            340            120

  6.  James Kinney            2012-13            45            320            120

  8.  Terry Cannon            1990-92, 94            97            304            114

  9.  Ricky Berry             1986-88            84            246            113

10.  D.J. Brown            2012-C            88            337            109

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.  D.J. Brown            2012-C            88            109            337

 7. Michael Quinney            1998-99            54            123            336

  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. D.J. Brown            2012-C            88            257

 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 297 points in 28 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 in two games.

 

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. 

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.

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. 

UP NEXT:  The Spartans play their final home game of 2013-14 this Saturday, March 8, as the Spartans host Fresno State at The Event Center.  Tip is set for 7 p.m., and tickets are available by calling the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-7589.  Spartan senior Chris Cunningham will be honored as he plays in his final home game.