Men's Basketball Plays At Portland, Weber State This Week

Nov. 26, 2013

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Wed., Nov. 27            Portland (3-3)            Chiles Center (4,852 cap.)

                        KSJS 90.5 FM            7:00 p.m. PST

Sat., Nov. 30            Weber State (0-2)            Dee Events Center (11,500 cap.)

                        KLIV 1590 AM; KSJS 90.5 FM                        7:00 p.m. MST

SPARTANS ON THE ROAD AGAIN FOR TWO GAMES:  San José State goes back on the road this Thanksgiving week to play at Portland on Wednesday and at Weber State on Saturday.  The Spartans face a West Coast Conference team for the third consecutive week (Santa Clara, Pepperdine, Portland).  The team also plays its sixth and seventh road/neutral games of the year, while playing just one home game so far this season (Cal State Fullerton).

San José State brings a two-game winning streak into the week after defeating Pepperdine, 83-77, and Cal State Fullerton, 81-59.  Devante Wilson averaged 18.0 points last week after recording his first 20-point game at Pepperdine.

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 PilotsVideo.com. 

Saturday night's game will be available on WatchBigSky.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 PORTLAND:  The Pilots enter Wednesday night's game with a 3-3 overall record.  The team lost in two overtimes Sunday to North Texas, 77-72, but defeated Columbia, 69-52, and Idaho the days prior.  Head coach Eric Reveno is in his eighth year at the school.  Four players average in double-figure points, led by Ryan Nichols who averages 15.2 points per game.  He is also the team leader in rebounding at 9.2 per game.

San José State has an 11-8 advantage in the all-time series.  The Spartans have won three of the past four meetings since 1997.  The last meeting came during the 2005-06 season when the two teams met at the 2K Sports College Hoops Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Texas Tech.

Past Four Meetings

12/14/97            W2OT            92-88            Chiles Center

12/22/98            W            74-52            The Event Center

12/4/99                        L            47-39            Chiles Center

11/11/05            W            82-53            Texas Tech - Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

ABOUT WEBER STATE:  The Wildcats begin the week with an 0-2 record and host Utah State Tuesday night before the Spartans come to Ogden on Saturday.  The team lost at BYU, 81-72, and at Colorado State, 88-67, earlier this month.  Head coach Randy Rahe is in his eighth year at the helm of the program.  Four players average double-figure points for Weber State, led by Davion Berry who averages 17.5 points per game.  Leading rebounder Joel Bolomboy averages 9.0 boards per game and 11.5 points per game.

San José State has a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series and won two of the past three meetings.  Last year, the two teams needed overtime at The Event Center before the Spartans won 68-67 as D.J. Brown made four free throws in the final 1:07 of overtime for the win.

Past Three Meetings

2/18/11                        W            62-46            The Event Center

12/3/11                        L-2OT            91-89            Dee Events Center

11/15/12            W-OT            68-67             The Event Center

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 recorded her first head coaching win on November 20, 2013, with an 83-77 win at Pepperdine.

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.

FIRST WIN OF SEASON AT PEPPERDINE:  San José State picked up its first win of the year with an 83-77 win at Pepperdine on November 20.  Jaleel Williams led the team with 22 points that night, and Devante Wilson added a career-best 20 points in the win.

The Spartans outscored Pepperdine by 16 in the second half as the team rallied from a 44-34 halftime deficit.  The team used a 21-10 run over the first seven minutes of the second half to take the lead.  Wilson hit four of his six three-pointers during that stretch.

LARGEST WINNING MARGIN SINCE 2011:  With the 81-59 win over Cal State Fullerton on November 23, the Spartans had its biggest win of 20 or more points over a Division I school since the  2011-12 season.  San José State defeated UC Davis, 79-59, in December 20, 2011. 

TWO SPARTANS, 20+ POINTS IN A GAME:  For the first time this season, two San José State players scored 20 or more points in a game.  At Pepperdine, Jaleel Williams led the Spartans with a career-best 22 points, while Devante Wilson scored 20 points in his first start of the season. 

QUARTET OF SPARTAN SCORERS:  In four of the six games this season, a quartet of San José State scorers have recorded double-digit scoring games.

Milwaukee - Muhammad 17, James 12, Williams, 11, Mitchell 10

N. Illinois - Williams 13, Brown 12, James 11, Muhammad 11

Pepperdine - Williams 22, Wilson 20, Muhammad 14, Brown 14

CS Fullerton - Muhammad 17, Brown 17, Wilson 16, Cunningham 13

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 six 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 and Cal State Fullerton.

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. 

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 13.3 points per game and has 80 points on the season.  He scored a career-best 22 points in the team's first win of the season at Pepperdine.  Williams added 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.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans play one game next week.  The team travels to Houston for a 5 p.m. Central game on Saturday, December 7.  The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.