Men's Basketball Hosts Fresno State In Final Home Game

March 7, 2014

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Sat., March 7, Fresno State (15-14, 6-10)

The Event Center (5,000)

7:00 p.m. PST

VIDEO:  Mountain West Network - www.themw.com

RADIO:  KLIV 1590 AM; KSJS 90.5 FM

Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play

The Last Meeting
San Jose State56
Fresno State82
February 8, 2014
Fresno, Calif.
Muhammad, Williams Score In Double Figures
The Spartans fell 82-56 Saturday at Fresno State as Rashad Muhammad led the team with 13 points.

SPARTANS HOSTS FRESNO STATE IN FINAL HOME GAME:  San José State plays its final home game of the 2013-14 season Saturday night with a Mountain West contest against Fresno State.  San José State is looking to go to the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Men's Basketball Championships on a winning streak. 

SENIOR NIGHT:  Forward Chris Cunningham will be honored Saturday night during pregame warm-ups.  Cunningham will letter two seasons for the Spartans after starting his collegiate career at Santa Clara.  He has led the Spartans in rebounding each of the last two seasons and led the team in scoring during the 2012-13 year.

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 Saturday's game live online on the Mountain West Network at www.themw.com.

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 FRESNO STATE: The Bulldogs enter Saturday night's game with a 15-15 overall record and an 8-9 Mountain West record.  The team is currently tied with Wyoming for sixth place in the conference standings and has won seven of its last nine games played.

Head coach Rodney Terry is in his third season at the helm of the program and has a 39-54 coaching record.  He came to Fresno State after spending nine years as an assistant coach for Rick Barnes at Texas.

Three Bulldogs average double-digit points this season.  Tyler Johnson averages 16.6 points per game, while Marvelle Harris averages 15.2 points per game.  Cezar Guerrero averages 13.3 points per game and has made a team-high 61 three-point field goals.  Johnson is the team's top rebounder at 7.3 pg.

Fresno State has an 80-75 lead in the all-time series and won the earlier meeting this season, 82-56 on February 8.  Rashad Muhammad led the Spartans in scoring with 13 points, while Jaleel Williams added 10 points.  The Spartans have won the past five meetings at The Event Center and last won in Fresno 71-68 in overtime on January 10, 2009.

Last 11 Series Meetings

1/17/2008            W            69-65            The Event Center

1/26/2008            L            75-58            Fresno, Calif.

1/10/2009            W-OT            71-68            Fresno, Calif.

1/24/2009            W            85-79            The Event Center

1/11/2010            L            80-70            Fresno, Calif.

2/27/2010            W            72-45            The Event Center

12/29/2010            L            75-62            Fresno, Calif.

1/29/2011            W            78-66            The Event Center

1/14/2012            L            82-73            Fresno, Calif.

2/9/2012            W-2OT            79-71            The Event Center

2/8/2014            L            82-56            Fresno, Calif.

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: Jaleel Williams scored 19 points for San José State, but the Spartans could get no closer than four points in the second half as Colorado State won 78-66 Wednesday night  at Moby Arena.

Williams was 7-for-13 from the field including 5-for-9 from three-point range.  He led the team with six rebounds. It was Williams' fourth consecutive game in double figures.

Isaac Thornton was the other Spartan in double figures with 14 points.  He was 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line in 34 minutes of action.  Jalen James dished out a team-best seven assists to go with seven points and three rebounds.

The Spartans trailed 57-40 with 14:05 left in the game before going on a 16-3 run over the next four minutes to cut the Ram lead to 60-56 on a Thornton jumper.  CSU then used a 10-0 run to open the game back up for the final 78-66 score.

The free throw line was a key factor in the game.  Colorado State made 20-of-32 attempts from the charity stripe, while the Spartans made just six-of-seven attempts.

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 72 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 nine games and has a 3-6 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 378 points, 13.0 points per game.  He has played in all 29 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-200 in three categories through Thursday's games.

Muhammad National Rankings (as of 3/7)

3-pt FG/GM            74th            2.38 pg

3-pt FGM            82nd            72

Free Throw Pct.            167th            80.7%

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 72 of his 176 attempts this year.  He is also the best free throw shooter, making 88-109 attempts (80.7%). 

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 made an impact on this year's Spartan team.  This season, he averages 10.9 points per game, an 9.1 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-20 in three different three-point categories through games of March 6.  The Spartans are eighth in three-point field goal attempts at 745 (VMI #1 at 822), 12th in three-point field goals per game at 8.8 pg (Iona #1 at 10.4 pg) and 19th in total three-point field goals made at 256 (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 72 three pointers, the third-highest total in school history.  Muhammad needs just six 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            29            176            72

 4. 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 182, 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 99th in offensive rebounds at 2.76 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 256 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 745 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.

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.

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 fifth in three-pointers attempted at 341 and needs seven attempts for fourth place.   He is eighth in assists with 258 and needs one to move into seventh place.  Brown is 10th in three-point field goals made with 110.  He needs three 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            89            341            110

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.  D.J. Brown            2012-C            89            110            341

 6. Jason Allen            1991-94            97            120            340

 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            89            258

 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 316 points in 29 games and is second on the team in scoring at 10.9 points per game. He has led the Spartans in scoring in eight 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.  Jalen James leads the team with 83 assists, while D.J. Brown has 76 assists.  James had 10 assists at Houston, while Brown dished out six assists in two games. 

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 will be play at the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships next week in Las Vegas.  The Spartans enter the tournament as the 11th seed and will face the sixth seed on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:05 p.m.  All games take place at the Thomas & Mack Center.