SPARTANS TAKE ON CAL STATE FULLERTON SATURDAY
The San José State (1-2) men's basketball team hits the road for the first time this season to face Cal State Fullerton (0-2) at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22. Fans can watch the game live via the Big West Network, or listen to Justin Allegri and Joe Boylan on Stretch Internet radio and KLIV 1590 AM.
SAN JOSé STATE (1-2) at CAL STATE FULLERTON (0-2)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2:00 P.M.
TITAN GYM (4,000)
KLIV 1590 AM
STAGNANT OFFENSE LEADS TO 63-44-LOSS TO PEPPERDINE
San José State trailed Pepperdine by four points with 17 minutes left in the second half before having a scoring drought that last nearly 10 minutes. The Waves went on a 20-5 run during that time and went on to win, 63-44. Frank Rogers finished with a game-high 11 rebounds and scored nine points. Rashad Muhammad also added nine points.
MORE ABOUT CAL STATE FULLERTON
The Titans are coming off of a 67-59 loss to New Mexico (11/17), and are 0-2 to start the 2014-15 season. Moses Morgan put up 21 points against the Lobos to lead the team. Three starters from last season have returned including the second-leading scorer, Alex Harris (17.7 ppg). Cal State Fullerton ended last season with a 66-56 loss to Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament quarterfinals. The Titans are coached by Dedrique Taylor in his second season.
LAST MEETING WITH THE TITANS
The last meeting between the two teams ended with an 81-59 Spartans victory in the 2013-14 home opener in the Event Center. Rashad Muhammad led SJSU that night with 17 points. Cal State Fullerton has a 26-25 edge in the all-time series against San José State.
WILLIAMS DEFINES PRODUCTION INCREASE
Senior Jaleel Williams had the MW's fifth-largest increase in per game scoring last season, averaging 8.8 points more than he had in 2012-13. He also improved his rebounding by 4.3 per game, which was the third-largest improvement in the MW in 2013-14.
SPARTANS SIZE UP
The Spartans have added depth in the big-man department for the 2014-15 season. Freshmen Leon Bahner and Ryan Singer stand 6-foot-11 and 6-foot-9 respectively, while junior transfer Ivo Basor stands 6-foot-8. Frank Rogers, listed at 6-foot-9, is ready for action this year after redshirting the 2013-14 season. These players will join the seven-foot sophomore Matt Pollard in the Spartans' frontcourt.
TWO NEW COACHES JOIN WOJCIK'S STAFF
Mike Lepore and Tyler Ojanen joined the Spartans coaching staff beginning with the 2014-15 season. Lepore spent the last two years as the director of basketball operations at Saint Louis University when the Billikens had their best two-year stretch of success with a combined 55-14 record. Ojanen comes to the Spartans from Saint Mary's College where he was also the director of basketball operations from 2009-13. Ojanen made three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two NIT Tournaments with the Gaels.
SPARTAN BASKETBALL TEAMS UP WITH STRETCH INTERNET
Fans across the nation can now listen to every men's basketball game as San José State has teamed up with Stretch Internet for audio broadcasts during the 2014-15 season. Justin Allegri will call the play-by-play with commentary from Joe Boylan and broadcasts can be heard across the nation for free. Visit the men's basketball schedule page for the live link to all broadcasts. Weekend contests can also be heard on KLIV 1590 AM Radio.
SINGLE-GAME & SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
For tickets to all San José State men's basketball games, call the Spartan Ticket Office at 408-924-7589 or visit the tickets section on SJSUSpartans.com. The Spartan Ticket Office is your one-stop shop for all single-game tickets and season ticket plans. Also see the Season Ticket Membership Brochure for information on this year's variable ticket pricing.
JOIN THE SPARTANS AT THE PRESTIGIOUS WOODEN LEGACY
Tickets for the 2014 DIRECTV Wooden Legacy are on sale now! Call the Spartan Ticket Office today at 408-924-7589 so you can be there when the San José State opens up one of the most prestigious annual college basketball tournaments on Thursday, November 27 at 8:00 p.m. against Washington in Titan Gym. The tournament will be held at two sites with the opening two rounds being played Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28) at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. Four games, including the championship contest, will be played at Honda Center on Sunday, November 30 in Anaheim, Calif. The Thanksgiving weekend event also includes: Long Beach State, Princeton, San Diego, UTEP, Washington, Western Michigan and Xavier.