Men's Basketball Faces Boise State at Reese's MW Championships Wednesday

March 10, 2014

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2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships

Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)

Las Vegas, Nev.

Wed., March 12, vs. #6 Boise State (19-12, 9-9)

7:00 p.m. PST

VIDEO:  Mountain West Network - www.themw.com

Rich Cellini, Play-by-Play; Joe Cravens, Analyst

RADIO:  Spartan Radio Network - KSJS 90.5 FM

Justin Allegri, Play-by-Play; Alex Scott, Analyst

Mountain West Radio Network

SPARTANS OPEN MW TOURNAMENT WITH BOISE STATE:  San José State begins play Wednesday night at the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships.  The Spartans enter the tournament as the 11th seed and face sixth-seed Boise State in the third game of the day on Wednesday.  The winner of Wednesday night's game with play third-seed Nevada Thursday night at 8:30 p.m.

LIVE STATS:  All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com.

RADIO COVERAGE:  Wednesday night's game will be broadcast on KSJS, 90.5 FM, and can be heard on ksjs.org.  Justin Allegri calls the action for the Spartans with Alex Scot giving analysis.

TV/VIDEO COVERAGE:  Wednesday night's game can be seen on the Mountain West Network at www.themw.com.  Rich Cellini calls the action, with Joe Cravens giving analysis.  If the Spartans advance to Thursday, that game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. 

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For the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championships, fans can use the hashtag #MWMadness when tweeting about the tournament.

ABOUT BOISE STATE: The Broncos enter Wednesday night's game with a 19-12 overall record and a 9-9 Mountain West record.  The team lost two games last week in overtime and enter the tournament having lost three of their past four games.  Boise State lost at Air Force in overtime, 64-61, this past Saturday, and fell at home to Nevada, 83-81, last Wednesday in double overtime.

Head coach Leon Rice is in his fourth year at Boise State with a 75-53 coaching record.  He guided his 2012-13 team to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Spartan head coach Dave Wojcik was a member of Rice's coaching staff for his first three seasons.

Three Broncos average double-figure points, led by Anthony Drmic at 16.7 points per game.  Derrick Marks averages 14.6 points per game, and is the team leader in assists with 83 and steals at 48.  Ryan Watkins averages a double-double at 11.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.

Boise State holds a 23-2 advantage in the all-time series.  The Broncos won the only meeting this season, 76-55, on January 25.  Three Spartans scored in double figures that night - Jalen James with 12 points and Devante Wilson and Chris Cunningham with 10 points each. 

The only Spartan win in the last seven games of the series was a 76-74 win on January 14, 2010 at The Event Center.  Adrian Oliver scored 33 points and made two free throws with 29.3 seconds left for the win.  The two teams also battled in a an epic four-overtime game on January 6, 2011.  Justin Graham scored 29 points in the 102-101 loss at The Event Center.  Spartan coach Dave Wojcik was on the sideline that night as an assistant coach for Boise State.

 Last 7 Series Meetings

1/8/09            L            84-64            Boise, Idaho

2/7/09            L            89-83            The Event Center

1/14/10            W            76-74            The Event Center

3/6/10            L            85-56            Boise, Idaho

1/6/11            L - 4OT            102-101            The Event Center

3/5/11            L            66-51            Boise, Idaho

1/25/14            L            76-55            Boise, Idaho

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: Senior Chris Cunningham scored 10 points on Senior Night, but Bulldog Paul Watson scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the first half as San José State fell to Fresno State 69-56 in the Mountain West Conference regular-season finale for both teams.

Fresno State led the entire game and had as much as a 24-point first-half lead before taking a 35-11 advantage into halftime. San José State's 11 points were the Spartans fewest in a first-half this season.

The Spartans (7-23, 1-17 Mountain West) rallied at the start of the second half cutting the deficit to 43-34 on a Rashad Muhammad three-point basket with 14:23 to go. Muhammad led all players with 17 points, all in the second half, while Jaleel Williams added 12 points for San José State.

SPARTANS AT MW TOURNAMENT:  San José State will be making its first appearance at the Reese's Mountain West Championships since joining the conference on July 1, 2013.  

FIRST TRIP TO LAS VEGAS THIS SEASON:  The Spartans are making their first trip to Las Vegas for the 2013-14 season.  In a quirk in the schedule, San José State faced UNLV only once this season, at The Event Center on January 29.  So the Spartans will be seeing the Thomas & Mack Center for the first time this season when they arrive for shoot around on Wednesday.

Ironically, the other team that San José State faced only once on the schedule was Boise State.  The Spartans traveled to Boise for a January 25 game, but the Broncos did not play at The Event Center this season.

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 owns the Mountain West Freshman record for three-pointers made in a season.  His 74 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 11 different starting lineups this season.  The last lineup used - Jalen James, Isaac Thornton, Rashad Muhammad, Jaleel Williams and Chris Cunningham - has appeared in just one game with an 0-1 record.

BOISE CONNECTION:  Three members of the Spartan coaching staff have former connections to the Boise State program.  Spartan head coach Dave Wojcik spent the previous three seasons as an assistant/associate coach on Leon Rice's staff.  Spartan Director of Operations Jared Swanson was the administrative assistant for the Bronco men's basketball program for the 2010-11 season.  Spartan Video Coordinator Bryce Martin spent the previous four seasons as a student manager including the head manager for the final three years.  Also, current San José State Athletics Director Gene Bleymaier spent 30 years as the Boise State Athletics Director. 

MUHAMMAD COMES OFF BENCH TO LEAD SPARTANS IN SCORING:  Freshman guard Rashad Muhammad leads the San José State team in scoring this season with 395 points, 13.2 points per game.  He has played in all 30 games this season, but started just two (Weber State, Fresno State) as he is one of the first players off the bench.  He has led the team in scoring in 15 games this year, coming off the bench in 13 of those games. 

Nationally, Muhammad is listed in the top-151 in four categories through Sunday's games.

Muhammad National Rankings (as of 3/10)

3-pt FG/GM            77th            2.47 pg

3-pt FGM            82nd            74

3-pt FG Attempts            99th            187

Free Throw Pct.            151st            81.3%

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 74 of his 187 attempts this year.  He is also the best free throw shooter, making 91-112 attempts (81.3%).  

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, and 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 6.  The Spartans are ninth in three-point field goal attempts at 770 (VMI #1 at 873), 14th in three-point field goals per game at 8.7 pg (Iona #1 at 10.5 pg) and 22nd in total three-point field goals made at 261 (Iona #1 at 334).

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 74 three pointers, tying for the second-highest total in school history.  Muhammad needs just four made threes to tie the record of 78 set by Robert Owens during the 2009-10 season.

Muhammad also has the fourth-highest total for three-point field goals attempted in a season with 187.  Teammate Devante Wilson has the ninth-highest total at 166.

3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE

Name            Season            Games            Att            Made

 1. Robert Owens            2010            31            192            78

  2. Rashad Muhammad            2014            30            187            74

 2. Billy Landram            2000            30            197            74

 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

3-POINT FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED

Name            Season            Games            Made            Att

 1. Tim Pierce            2008            32            69            202

 2. Billy Landram            2000            30            74            197

 3. Robert Owens            2010            31            78            192

  4.  Rashad Muhammad            2014            30            74            187

 5. Keith Shamburger            2011            33            57            180

 6. Moises Alvarez            2002            32            58            175

 7. Michael Quinney            1998            26            63            174

 8. Adrian Oliver            2011            31            70            171

  9.  Devante Wilson            2014            29            55            166

10. Michael Quinney            1999            28            60            162

CUNNINGHAM GRABBING BOARDS:  Chris Cunningham is the team's top rebounders with 187, 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 23 blocked shots.  Nationally, Cunningham is 99th in offensive rebounds at 2.73 per game.

THREE-POINT TEAM SEASON RECORDS OBLITERATED:  With at least one game 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 261 three pointers, breaking the old record of 207 set in 2011 (207-556). 

The team also has over 200 more three-point attempts than the record.  The Spartans enter the game with 770 attempts, breaking the old record of 561 set in 32 games in 2002.

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            90            343            111

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            90            111            343

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. D.J. Brown            2012-C            90            260

 8. Terry Cannon            1990-92              97            259

 9. Tito Addison            1995-97              84            255

10. Rodney Scott            1987-89             71            247

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.

James is one of 10 players nationally this year to record a triple-double and one of two freshmen to accomplish this feat.

WILLIAMS SCORING AT NEW HIGHS:  After scoring just 68 points the first two years of his Spartan career, Jaleel Williams has scored 328 points in 30 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 80 or more assists on the season.  Jalen James leads the team with 88 assists, while D.J. Brown has 80 assists.  James had 10 assists at Houston, while Brown dished out six assists in two games.