MBB Looks Towards Winning Ways Thursday

This Week: Thurs. Nov. 15 Weber State (1-0, 0-0) The Event Center, San Jose, Calif. 7:30 p.m. PST
SPARTANS LOOK TO GET ON WINNING WAYS:  San Jose State continues its three-game homestand with a game against Weber State Thursday night.  The Spartans enter the contest with an 0-2 record.  The team has lost its first two games by a total of six points.  This is the second home game of three home games in eight days.
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 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 for all games 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 WEBER STATE:  The Wildcats come into Thursday night’s game with a 1-0 record after winning their season opener, 110-52, over Arizona Christian last Friday.  Seven players scored in double figures, led by Davion Berry with 17 points including 6-for-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range.  Freshman Joel Bolomboy posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Head coach Randy Rahe is in his seventh year at the school with a 121-68 overall record.  He has won three Big Sky Championships and been named Big Sky Coach of the Year three times. This is the third consecutive season that the two schools have played each other.  The al-time series is tied at 2-2.  In Ogden last year, Weber State won 91-89 in double overtime.  San Jose State won the last meeting in The Event Center, 62-46, on February 19, 2011.  The Spartans led from the tip to the final buzzer.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman begins in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has a 77-143 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:  D.J. Brown led all scorers with 24 points, but 14-of-24 shooting from the free throw line contributed to the Spartans 77-75 loss to Houston Tuesday night.  Brown was 7-of-13 from the field and 7-7 from the free throw line.  He also dished out five assists and grabbed three steals. James Kinney recorded his first double-double of his Spartan career with 19 points and 10 rebounds, but was just 7-of-23 from the field including 4-of-11 from three-point range.  
TWO CLOSE GAMES:  In the first two games this seasons, the Spartans have had chances to win the game in the last minute.  At New Orleans, San Jose State led 68-66 with 1:03 remaining in the game, but the Privateers scored the final six points of the game. The Spartans lost by two points to Houston, 77-75, as D.J. Brown hit a three-pointer as time expired.  The team cut the Cougar lead to two points at 74-72 with 17 seconds remaining.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  James Kinney has the team’s only double-double of the 2012-13 season.  He scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 36 minutes played against Houston.  The 10 rebounds are the most he has collected in his Spartan career.
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 TO START SEASON:  The Spartans continue the homestand with the Weber State game on Thursday.  The homestand started with Houston on Tuesday.  The final game is a local matchup on Tuesday, November 20, against UC Santa Cruz.
HOME OPENERS:  Under George Nessman, San Jose State is 6-2 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 2012 L Houston 77-75
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 UC Santa Cruz to finish the homestand on Tuesday, November 20, at 7 p.m.