Men's Basketball Seeks Third Consecutive Win

Next Game: Sat., Dec. 8 Sacramento State (5-2) The Event Center, San Jose Calif. 4:30 p.m. PST KLIV 1590 AM, KSJS 90.5 FM
SPARTANS LOOKING FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN:  San Jose State looks to keep its winning ways going against Sacramento State Saturday afternoon at The Event Center.  The Spartans return to the confines of The Event Center after playing its last three games on the road.  The team hosts Sacramento State on Saturday and Santa Clara on Tuesday before taking a break for finals.  The two games are the only home games for the team in December. The Spartans enter Saturday’s game with a 4-3 record after defeating UC Davis, 73-64, this past Wednesday night, and won at Montana State, 82-74, last Saturday.  James Kinney led the team in scoring in both games with 27 at UC Davis and 23 at Montana State.
LIVE STATS:  All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at and go to “Live Stats.” 
RADIO COVERAGE:  Saturday’s game will be broadcast on KLIV 1590 AM as well as KSJS 90.5 FM.  It is second of 10 games to be live on KLIV this season.  A complete listing can be found on page 4.  Justin Allegri will call the action.  The pregame show on KLIV will start 30 minutes prior to tip.  All San Jose State men’s basketball broadcasts will be on KSJS, 90.5 FM, with pregame shows during the week starting 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, for a nominal fee.
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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 SACRAMENTO STATE:  The Hornets enter Saturday’s game with a 5-2 overall record.  The team fell at Arizona State 90-70 this past Saturday.  Sacramento State has wins over UC Merced (96-62), CSU Bakersfield (85-67), Utah (74-71), Central Arkansas (71-68) and Dominican (77-68). Head coach Brian Katz is in his fifth year at the school with a 33-89 record.  Prior to taking the Hornet job, Katz spent 19 years as junior college head coach, the last 15 as head coach at San Joaquin Delta College. Four players average double figures in points, led by John Dickson at 16.6 points per game.  Dylan Garrity averages 14.6 points, Mikh McKinney at 13.6 points and Konner Veteto at 10.1 points per game.  Joe Eberhard and Dickson each averaged 6.0 rebounds per game. San Jose State holds a 19-2 advantage in the all-time series.  The Spartans won last year’s meeting 79-67, on February 18.  The team had to overcome a double-digit deficit and an eight-minute scoreless span.  James Kinney scored 19 points.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman begins in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has an 81-144 record in eight seasons with the Spartans.
LAST TIME OUT: James Kinney scored 27 points and had a key steal in the second half to help fuel San Jose State to a 73-64 win at UC Davis Wednesday night.  Kinney finished the game 10-for-20 from the field and 5-for-8 from the free throw line.  He grabbed a game-high four steals, but his biggest steal came at 4:31 of the second half which led to a dunk and gave the Spartans a 64-59.  Chris Cunningham recorded his second consecutive double-double and third of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  D.J. Brown added 12 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Spartans.  In all, eight of the 10 players who saw action in the game scored for San Jose State.
WINNING STREAK:  For the second time this season, the Spartans have a two-game winning streak.  The team has not recorded a three-game winning streak since the 2010-11 season when the team won four straight home games in the middle of February.  During the streak, the team defeated Montana State (77-73), Weber State (62-46), New Mexico State (72-70 OT) and Louisiana Tech (72-60).
KINNEY SCORES 30 ON KANSAS:  James Kinney was the first player this season to score 30 points on Kansas. He scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half of the game and was 11-of-26 from the field including 4-for-12 from three-point range.  The last player to score 30 or more points on Kansas was J’Covan Brown of Texas who scored 33 points on March 3, 2012.
NATIONAL RANKINGS:  In the second release of national statistic leaders on December 3, four Spartans rank in the top-75 in six categories.  James Kinney is sixth in scoring at 22.8 points per game and tied for 11th in steals at 3.0 per game.  D.J. Brown is tied for eighth in field throw percentage at 95.2.  Chris Cunningham is tied for 32nd in rebounds at 9.5 per game and tied for 60th in double-doubles with 2.  Alex Brown is tied for 51st in blocked shots at 2.17 per game. As a team, the Spartans are 16th in three-point percentage at 43.1 percent, 52nd in blocked shots at 4.8 per game, 68th in rebound margin at 5.3 and 75th in scoring offense at 74.0 per game.
D.J. BROWN NO TURNOVERS:  For only the second time since he became a full-time starter last January, D.J. Brown committed no turnovers in the Spartan win at UC Davis.  Brown had no turnovers in 35 minutes of action as he scored 12 points, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds.  The only other game as a starter that Brown did not commit a turnover was at Idaho on January 26, 2012.  In 31 minutes of action in that game, Brown scored 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
SEASON-LOW TURNOVERS:  The Spartans committed a season-low 12 turnovers in the win at UC Davis.  The team had just four turnovers in the second half.  The previous low was 15 against Houston and Weber State.
KINNEY ADDS TO THE “30” CLUB:  With his 30 points at #10 Kansas, James Kinney is one of 13 Spartans to score 30 points in a game in school history.  The 13 players have scored 30 points in a game 18 times, the last by Kinney last season against UTSA on Nov. 30, 2011. Kinney was one point shy of his career high of 31 points scored at Seattle U last season.  He is tied for fourth all-time in 30+-point games with three.  Adrian Oliver scored 30 or more points in 17 games during his Spartan career.
Number of Games Scoring 30 or More Points 1. Adrian Oliver 17 2. Ricky Berry 9 3. Olivier Saint-Jean 8 4. James Kinney 3 Wally Rank 3
MORE BLOCKS ALREADY THIS YEAR: Just seven games into the 2012-13 season, San Jose State is showing its added height this season is paying off defensively.  In second games, the team has recorded 32 blocks and has had at least three blocked shots in every game.  The team is nearing the 2011-12 total of 38 blocks in 31 games.  The 2010-11 team had 82 blocks.  The season school record for blocks is 106 blocks in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.   Individually, Alex Brown leads the team with 15 blocks and has had at least one in all seven games.  The individual season record is 62 set by Gerald Thomas in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.
EVENT CENTER RECORD TIED:  With nine blocks against UC Santa Cruz, the Spartans tied an Event Center record for most blocks in a game.  Alex Brown and Jaleel Williams each recorded two blocks.
9 Blocks by the Spartans at The Event Center vs. UC Santa Cruz, November 20, 2012 vs. Utah State, January 5, 2006 vs. UC Santa Barbara, November 24, 1999
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS:  Chris Cunningham leads the team with 67 rebounds and averages 9.6 per game, tying for 22nd in the country.  He has led the Spartans in rebounding the past four games with 18 against UC Santa Cruz , 11 at #10 Kansas and 10 at Montana State and at UC Davis. He has grabbed six offensive rebounds at UC Davis and five offensive rebounds against UC Santa Cruz and Kansas.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Two Spartans have recorded double-doubles this season.  Chris Cunningham has three double-doubles on the season as he led the Spartans with 19 points and 18 rebounds in a win over UC Santa Cruz.  He added 15 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Montana State and 12 points and 10 rebounds at UC Davis. James Kinney  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. The Spartan season record is 13 double-doubles, set by Coby Dietrick during the 1969-70 season.
STARTING LINEUPS:  The Spartans have used just two starting lineups this season.  In six of the seven games, D.J. Brown, James Kinney, Chris Jones, Chris Cunningham and Alex Brown have been on the floor for the opening tip.  At Montana State, Louis Garrett started for Jones.
THIS CLOSE TO DOUBLE-DOUBLE:  D.J. Brown was just one assist short of his first career double-double at Montana State.  He ended the game with a career-best nine assists in the win, seven by halftime, and added 10 points.  Brown finished the game 5-of-6 from the free throw line and grabbed six rebounds.
GARRETT MAKES FIRST START:  Louis Garrett made his first start in a Spartan uniform at Montana State.  He scored seven points and had a block in 19 minutes of action.  Garrett has played in six games this season and scored eight points at UC Davis and seven against Weber State.  He also had a key three-pointer, a bank shot from the top of the circle, at #10 Kansas during the Spartans 16-0 run in the second half. 
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL:  Alex Brown alters shots on the court and has a team-best 15 blocks on the season.  He had a season-best five blocks against Weber State and has blocked a least one shot in every game this season.
PENNINGTON SOLID CONTRIBUTOR OFF BENCH: Senior guard LaVanne Pennington is averaging 5.3 points per game coming off the bench for San Jose State.  He 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.  Pennington added 11 points at Montana State where he was 3-for-6 from the field and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
SPARTANS VS. TOP-20:  San Jose State has just four wins against top-20 foes in school history.  The last win came against Alabama when the Crimson Tide were ranked 19th in the Associated Press poll. On Dec. 27, 1996, San Jose State posted a 60-59 overtime win in the Comerica Cable Car Classic.
VANKIRK MAKES MOST OF PLAYING TIME:  After suffering a dislocated patella in October on his right knee, Mike VanKirk has seen action in two games.  After playing just four minutes against UC Santa Cruz, he saw 19 minutes of action at #10 Kansas.  VanKirk scored two points, grabbed five rebounds and had three steals in the game.  
THREE GAMES BY 4 PTS OR LESS:  The Spartans started the 2012-13 season with three games that were 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.
GRIEVES TAKES ADVANTAGE OF OPPORTUNITY:  Nick Grieves made the most of his first appearance of the season against UC Santa Cruz.  In 11 minutes of action, he attempted eight three-point field goals, making six including three in a span of 58 seconds.  Grieves ended the game with 18 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE:  All-session tickets for the 2013 WAC Basketball Tournament set for March 12-16 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., are available for purchase through the Spartan Athletics Ticket Office. All-session tickets include access to each men’s and women’s tournament game, totaling 18 games in 10 sessions.
UP NEXT:  San Jose State hosts Santa Clara in the Clash of the County game on Tuesday, December 11, beginning at 7 p.m.  It is the final home game of 2012 for the Spartans. The 24th-ranked San Jose State football team will honored at halftime as they prepare to play at the Military Bowl on December 27.