MBB Host UC Santa Cruz Looking For 2nd Win

This Week: Tues. Nov. 20 UC Santa Cruz (1-1) The Event Center, San Jose, Calif. 7:00 p.m. PST
SPARTANS TRY FOR WIN #2:  San Jose State finishes its three-game homestand Tuesday night with a game against UC Santa Cruz.  The team is looking to end the three games with a winning record after splitting home games against Houston (L, 77-75) and Weber State (WOT, 68-67). The Spartans enter the game with a 1-2 record after losing the first game of the year at New Orleans, 72-68.  The team last won consecutive home games last season when the team defeated UC Irvine (51-50) and Holy Names (109-71).
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 UC SANTA CRUZ:  The Banana Slugs come into Tuesday night’s game with a 1-1 record, losing at Lewis & Clark 99-68, but defeating George Fox 80-64.  Austin Steadman and James Townsend each averaged 13.0 points per game. Head coach Ron DuBois is in his first season at the helm of the program.  Most recently, he was the associate head coach at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. This is the third meeting between the two schools.  The Spartans have won both meetings, the last coming during the 2003-04 season.  San Jose State won 87-41 as Demetrius Brown scored 17 points, and Eric Walton added 12 points.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman begins in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has a 78-143 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 made four free throws in the final 1:02 of overtime to give San Jose State a 68-67 win over Weber State last Thursday. James Kinney led all scorers with a season-high 24 points. Chris Cunningham was the team’s only other double-figure scorer with 10 points.   Cunningham scored six of his 10 points in the final four minutes including a pair of hook shots in the lane in the last 80 seconds to send the game into overtime at 61-61. In the win, San Jose State had its best free throw shooting night of the early season connecting on 13-of-18 tries. The Spartans made 9-of-10 after halftime. San Jose State needed every free throw since Weber State knocked down 13-of-15 from the line.
TIME CHANGE:  The Spartan game at Montana State will now tip at 12:00 p.m. MST/11:00 a.m. PST.  The Bobcat football team hosts an FCS playoff game that night.
THREE GAMES BY 4 PTS OR LESS:  The Spartans have started the 2012-13 season with three games that have been four points or less.   The Spartans lost by four points at New Orleans, lost by two points to Houston, and needed overtime to defeat Weber State by one point.
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.
GARRETT MAKES SOLID CONTRIBUTION:  Louis Garrett had his best output of the season with seven points and three assists in the win over Weber State.  He played 20 minutes and also had a rebound and a blocked shot.
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL:  Alex Brown alters shots on the court and did so against Weber State with a season-best five blocks.  In three games, Brown already has eight blocked shots.
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.
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.
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.

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 travels to #12/11 Kansas for a non-conference game on Monday, November 26 at 8 p.m. CST.  The game will be shown live on ESPNU.