Men's Basketball At Pepperdine, Hosts Cal State Fullerton This Week

Nov. 18, 2013

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Next Games:           

Wed., Nov. 20            Pepperdine (3-0)            Firestone Fieldhouse (3,104 cap.)

                        KSJS 90.5 FM            7:00 p.m. PST

Sat., Nov. 23            Cal State Fullerton (2-1)            The Event Center (5,000 cap.)

                        KLIV 1590 AM; KSJS 90.5 FM            12:30 p.m. PST

SPARTANS PLAY TWO MORE THIS WEEK, OPEN HOME SCHEDULE:  San José State plays its fifth game away from home Wednesday night as the team travels to Pepperdine for a non-conference game.  The two teams face each other for the first time since the 2001 season.

The Spartans then make their 2013-14 regular season debut at The Event Center this Saturday, November 23, against Cal State Fullerton.  The former Big West Conference foes begin a busy day at The Event Center.  The men's game begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by women's basketball at 3 p.m., against San Diego.  Volleyball wraps up the day as the team faces Wyoming at 7:30 p.m.

San José State is looking for its first win of the season after dropping four games last week, at Santa Clara and three games at the NIU Invitational.  Rashad Muhammad currently leads the team in scoring as he comes off the bench to average 15.3 points per game.  Jaleel Williams is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 ppg, and averaged a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game.

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.

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.  Most Saturday games can be heard on KLIV, 1590 AM, and at kliv.com.   Justin Allegri calls the action for the Spartans.

VIDEO COVERAGE:  Wednesday night's game can be found on Wave Casts/

PepperdineSports.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. 

ABOUT PEPPERDINE:  The Waves enter Wednesday night's game with a 3-0 record, their best start sinc 1998-99.  The team has defeated San Diego Christian (81-68), UC Riverside (69-66) and Central Michigan (88-71).  Head coach Marty Wilson is in his third year at the school.  Sophomore forward Stacy Davis leads the team in scoring at 23.7 points per game, and was named the WCC Player of the Week after averaing 23.5 ppg in two road games last week.  Senior forward Brendan Lane is the team leader in rebounding at 11.0 rpg.

San José State has a 24-20 advantage in the all-time series. Pepperdine has won the past two meetings, 62-60, on Dec. 9, 2000 in Malibu, and 65-46 on Jan. 2, 1999, at The Event Center.  The Spartans last won 70-64, on Dec. 3, 1997, in Malibu.

ABOUT CAL STATE FULLERTON:  The Titans begin the week with a 2-1 overall record and play at USC Tuesday before traveling to San José this weekend.  The team defeated Santa Clara, 86-73, last Saturday and Montana State, 84-55, on November 9.  Head coach Dedrique Taylor is in his first year at the helm of the program.  Four Titan players average in double figures, led by Alex Harris at 17.7 points per game.  Marquis Home and Steve McClellan each average 5.3 rebounds per game.

Cal State Fullerton holds a 26-24 edge in the all-time series. The Titans have won the past three meetings in the series, while the Spartans last win came during the 1998-99 season.

Past Four Meetings

12/27/98            W            84-59            The Event Center

12/11/99            L            68-44            Titan Gym

12/21/05            L            67-59            The Event Center

12/23/06            L            104-77            Titan Gym

NEW 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 and his brother Doug, head coach at the College of Charleston, are one of seven pair of brothers to be head coaches at Division I.  A complete listing is on page 4.

SINGLE-GAME SCHOOL RECORD SET:  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 2011 game went four overtimes and ironically, current Spartan head coach Dave Wojcik was an assistant coach for Boise State that night.

The 40 three-point attempts also tied the Mountain West record set on March 1, 2003, as Utah played at New Mexico. 

OFF THE BENCH COMES LEADING SCORER:  Rashad Muhammad is the Spartans' leading scoring at 15.3 points per game.  He has played in all four games this season, coming off the bench in each one.  Muhammad led the team with a season-best 18 points against James Madison and added a team-high 17 points against Milwaukee. 

TELEVISION SCHEDULE:  The San José State men's basketball team will make 10 television appearances during the 2013-14 season, the most in recent school history. 

With the move to the Mountain West this year, the opportunity to showcase San José State across the country has increased. The Spartans will be featured at home in six of the 10 appearances.  Five of the 10 appearances will be on ROOT Sports, with three games on ESPN3 and one each on the CBS Sports Network and the Mountain West Network.

Sat., Dec. 7            Houston             ESPN3                        Houston, Texas            5:00 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 8            *Colorado State             Mountain West Network            The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 11            *New Mexico             ROOT Sports            The Event Center            7:05 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 22            *San Diego State             ESPN3            The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 25            *Boise State             ROOT Sports            Boise, Idaho            4:05 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 29            *UNLV             ESPN3                        The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 1            *New Mexico             ROOT Sports            Albuquerque, N.M.            6:05 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 12            *Air Force             ROOT Sports            The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 25            *San Diego State             CBSSN            San Diego, Calif.            8:05 p.m.

Sat., March 1            *Utah State             ROOT Sports            The Event Center            5:05 p.m.

WILLIAMS MAKING EARLY IMPRESSION:  After scoring just 68 points the first two years of his Spartan career, Jaleel Williams is making an immediate impact on the 2013-14 team.  He is the team's second leading scorer at 13.0 points per game and has 52 points on the season.  He scored a career-best 20 points against Santa Clara and led the team in scoring at Northern Illinois with 13 points.

NEW YEAR, NEW LEAGUE:  The 2013-14 school year started a new era in San José State Athletics history as the school began play in the Mountain West after spending the past 17 years in the Western Athletic Conference.   The Spartans are part of the 11-team league that features Air Force, Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Wyoming and the Spartans.  The volleyball team was the first San José State team to play in a Mountain West contest when they hosted Boise State on September 26.  The men's basketball team opens Mountain West play against Nevada on January 1, at The Event Center.

RETURNERS/NEWCOMERS:  San José State returns four players from last year's team and adds seven new players.  Returners include leading scorer and rebounder from last year Chris Cunningham, D.J. Brown, Mike VanKirk and Jaleel Williams.  Six freshman - Dylan Alexander, Jalen James, Brandon Mitchell, Rashad Muhammad, Matt Pollard and Isaac Thornton - and junior college player - Devante Wilson - round out this year's team. 

SPARTANS INK JEREMIAH INGRAM IN SIGNING PERIOD:  Jeremiah Ingram, a 6-8 forward from Colby Community College, has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play men's basketball at San José State University beginning with the 2014-15 season, as announced by Spartan head coach Dave Wojcik.

Ingram is in his second season at Colby Community College.  In 31 games last year, he averaged 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He shot 40.4 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free throw line.  For his efforts, Ingram was named to the honorable mention All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference team.  Through five games this season, he is averaging 22.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

From Lathrup Valley, Mich. (a suburb of Detroit), Ingram graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School in 2011 and prepped a year at Summit Christian Academy.

Ingram is the only signee for the Spartans during the fall signing period.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans go back on the road next week for two more games.  The team plays at Portland on Wednesday, November 27, at 7 p.m., followed by game at Weber State on Saturday, November 30 at 7 p.m. MST.