Men's Basketball At Houston This Saturday

Dec. 5, 2013

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Sat., Dec. 7            Houston (6-3)            Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479 capacity)

TV:  ESPN3            RADIO:  KLIV 1590 AM; KSJS 90.5 FM            5:00 p.m. CST

FINAL ROAD GAME OF 2013:  San José State plays its final road game of the 2013 calendar this Saturday with a non-conference game at Houston.  This is the second meeting between the two teams in 13 months.  The Cougars visited San José last season, winning 77-75, at The Event Center on November 13, 2012.

San José State has dropped the past two games, losing at Portland, 86-69, on November 27, and at Weber State, 72-55, on November 30.  Rashad Muhammad led the Spartans in scoring in both games with a season-high 23 points at Portland and 17 points at Weber State.

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

VIDEO COVERAGE:  Fans can watch Saturday's game at Houston on ESPN3.  It is one of 10 Spartan games to be televised this season. Brett Dolan calls the play-by-play with Reid Gettys as the analyst.  A link to the broadcast can be found on www.sjsuspartans.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.

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ABOUT HOUSTON:  The Cougars come into Saturday's game with a 6-3 record on the season after falling 74-57 at Texas A&M Wednesday night.  The team started the season winning its first five games.  That streak was broken by Bay Area school Stanford who won 86-76 at the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.  The team has lost three of its last four games, the only win coming against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 78-67, on Nov 30.  Head coach James Dickey is in his fourth year at Houston with a 53-49 school record. 

TaShawn Thomas leads the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game and in rebounding at 10.3 boards per game.  He led the Cougars in both categories against Texas A&M with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Two other players average in double-figure points - Danuel House at 15.6 ppg, and L.J. Rose at 11.3 ppg.  Rose has dished out a team-best 47 assists in nine games.

Houston won the only meeting between the two teams last year, 77-75, on November 13, at The Event Center.  D.J. Brown led team with 24 points and added a team-high five assists.  The Spartans trailed 44-26 at halftime, but a second-half rally fell short in the loss (49-33).  Chris Cunningham added 15 points as he was 7-for-11 from the field. 

Last Meeting

11/13/12            L            77-75            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.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN:  The Spartans go back on the road again this weekend for the team's seventh road/neutral game of the season.  The Spartans started the season by playing across town at Santa Clara, traveling to DeKalb, Ill., for three games, busing to Pepperdine, then flying to Portland and to Utah to face Weber State.  If you were driving to the games, below would be the number of miles (according to geobytes.com) you would have put on your car to see the Spartans play their road games.

Destination                        One-Way Miles

San José-Santa Clara            5 miles (10 total)

San José-DeKalb, Ill.            2,103 miles (4,206 total)

San José-Malibu, Calif.            348 miles (696 total)

San José-Portland, Ore.            664 miles

Portland-Ogden, Utah            734 miles

Ogden, Utah-San José            804 miles

San José-Houston            1,882 (3,764 total)

Total Miles - 10,878 miles on your car

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 eight 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.

FRESHMAN MAKING IMPACT, LEADING TEAM IN SCORING:  Just a freshman, Rashad Muhammad is leading the San José State team in scoring this season with 132 points, 16.5 points per game.  He has led the team in scoring in five games including a season-high 23 points at Portland.  Muhammad leads the team in three-pointers, making 20 of his 50 attempts this year.  He is also the best free throw shooter, making 38-of-46 attempts (82.6%). 

The last freshman to lead San José State in scoring was Stony Evans who averaged 9.9 points during the 1983-84 season (276 points in 28 games).  That team, coached by Bill Berry, finished the season 10-18.  Evans also led the team in rebounding with 176, 6.3 per game.

WILLIAMS SCORING THIS SEASON:  After scoring just 68 points the first two years of his Spartan career, Jaleel Williams is making an impact on the 2013-14 team.  He is the team's second leading scorer at 13.1 points per game and has 105 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.

CUNNINGHAM GRABBING BOARDS:  Chris Cunningham has recorded two double-doubles this season - 13 points and 10 rebounds versus CS Fullerton and10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, at Weber State.  Cunningham has 10 double-doubles in his career.  He leads the team in rebounding at 6.9 per game.  He also has a team-high eight blocked shots.

DISHIN' OUT THE ROCK:  Two Spartans have 20 or more assists on the season.  D.J. Brown leads the team with 26 assists, 3.3 per game, while Jalen James has recorded 20 assists, 2.5 pg.  Brown dished out six assists at Santa Clara and at Weber State, while James had five assists against Milwaukee.

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.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans take a break for finals before returning to the court for a game against UC Davis, on Wednesday, December 18, at 7 p.m., following the women's game against Georgia State that begins at 4:30 p.m.