MBB Hosts Houston In Home Opener Tuesday

This Week: Tues. Nov. 13 Houston (1-0, 0-0) The Event Center, San Jose, Calif. 7:00 p.m. PST
SPARTANS HOST HOUSTON IN HOME OPENER:  San Jose State opens the home portion of its 2012-13 schedule with a non-conference meeting against Houston Tuesday night.  The Spartans are looking to get back on the winning track after falling 72-68 Friday night at New Orleans.  This game is the first of three home games over the next eight day for the Spartans.
LIVE STATS:  All home games and most road games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at www.SJSUSpartans.com and go to “Live Stats.” 
RADIO COVERAGE:  All San Jose State men’s basketball broadcasts will be on KSJS, 90.5 FM.  Justin Allegri calls the play-by-play for all games.  The pregame show will start 30 minutes prior to tip.  The Spartans will also have select games broadcast on KLIV, 1590 AM.  A complete listing of those games can be found on page 3.  The pregame show on those nights will start 15 minutes prior to tip.
VIDEO COVERAGE:  All home San Jose State games will be available on the Gold Zone on the Spartan website at www.sjsuspartans.com, for a nominal fee.
FACEBOOK/TWITTER:  Follow the Spartan men’s basketball team and all San Jose State athletics teams on the web.  Join the official SJSU Spartans page on Facebook and get the latest tweets on Twitter @SJSUAthletics.  
PARKING:  Parking for all fans is available in the Seventh Street Garage, located on the corner of Seventh and San Salvador Streets, for $5, cash only.
ABOUT HOUSTON:  The Cougars come into Tuesday night’s game with a 1-0 record after winning their season opener, 81-76, over Florida A&M last Friday.  Senior forward Leon Gibson led all scorers with 20 points as he was 8-for-9 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.  Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas recorded a double-double with 11 points and 20 rebounds. Head coach James Dickey is in his third season at Houston with a 29-33 record.  He spent 10 years as the head coach at Texas Tech where he was 153-134. This is the first meeting between the two schools.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman begins in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has a 77-142 record in eight season with the Spartans.
KANSAS GAME ON ESPNU:  The San Jose State at Kansas game on Monday, November 26, will be broadcast on ESPNU.  Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. CST/6 p.m. PST.
LAST TIME OUT:  James Kinney scored 23 points to lead the Spartans, but missed free throws and a dunk and foul problems led San Jose State to a 72-68 loss at New Orleans last Friday night in the season opener. Kinney led all scorers with his 23 points including 10-of-16 from the field.  He added five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 37 minutes played. In a tale of two halves, the Spartans led by as many as 12 in the first half and held a lead by as many as 10 in the second half, before missed free throws doomed the team.  San Jose State shot 2-for-9 from the line in the second half.
PENNINGTON TOPS CAREER HIGH: Senior guard LaVanne Pennington scored a career-best 13 points in the loss at New Orleans.  He was 6-for-10 from the field including 1-for-3 from three-point range.  He grabbed two rebounds in the game.
THREE-GAME HOMESTAND OVER NEXT WEEK:  The Spartans will play three home games over the next eight days, starting with the Houston game.  The team then hosts Weber State on Thursday as a part of a doubleheader with the women’s team.  The final game is a local matchup on Tuesday, November 20, against UC Santa Cruz.
HOME OPENERS:  Under George Nessman, San Jose State is 6-1 in the first home game of the season.  The Spartans won their home opener last year, making two free throws in the final six seconds of the game and having an Anteater basket denied after replay. 2005 W San Diego 79-68 2006 W Cal Poly 80-63 2007 L Santa Clara 73-63 2008 W Cal Maritime 79-37 2009 W William Jessup 89-63 2010 W San Francisco 74-64 2011 W UC Irvine 51-50
SPARTANS IN THE WAC PRESEASON POLL:  The San Jose State men’s basketball team picked ninth in the 2012-13 Western Athletic Conference coaches and media polls.  San Jose State returns three starters from last year’s team – James Kinney, D.J. Brown and Stephan Smith.  The Spartans have six new players including Santa Clara transfer Chris Cunningham and guard Xavier Jones.
KINNEY NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-WAC TEAM:  Senior guard James Kinney received second-team Preseason All-WAC honors as voted upon by the league’s coaches.  He led the Spartans in scoring for the 2011-12 season and scored 30 or more points in two games last year.
CUNNINGHAM BEGINS PLAY WITH SPARTANS:  Chris Cunningham made his debut in a Spartan uniform at New Orleans and led the team with seven rebounds in 22 minutes of action..  The transfer from Santa Clara University had to sit out the 2011-12 season.  He was 2-for-3 from the field and grabbed three steals for San Jose State.
SPARTANS ADD HEIGHT TO ROSTER:  For the first time since the early 1990s, San Jose State has a player over 7-feet tall and has another who is 6-11.  Freshman Mike VanKirk checks in at 7-1, while Alex Brown is 6-11.  Both are known for their shot-blocking abilities, length and athleticism.  In the exhibition game, Brown blocked five shots and had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
OPENING NIGHT:  Under George Nessman, the Spartans are 4-4 in the first game of the season.  The Spartas opened the season on the road in six of his seven previous seasons. 2005 at Texas Tech L 88-54 2006 at UC Santa Barbara L 75-67 2007 at Middle Tenn. State W 78-77 2008 at South Dakota State W 70-62 2009 William Jessup (H) W 89-63 2010 at Eastern Washington W 67-60 2011 at Cal Poly L 79-52 2012 at New Orleans L 72-68
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 faces Weber State on Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m., as part of a doubleheader with the women’s team who faces Utah Valley at 5 p.m.