Clash Of The County Tuesday Night

Next Game: Tues., Dec. 11 Santa Clara (6-2) KSJS 90.5 FM The Event Center, San Jose Calif. 7:00 p.m. PST
SPARTANS HOST BRONCOS:  Riding a three-game winning streak, San Jose State looks for its first win over Santa Clara at The Event Center Tuesday night as the Spartans and Broncos compete in the Clash of the County game.  The game features two of the top-10 scorers in the country - Spartan James Kinney at #4 at 23.0 points per game and Bronco Kevin Foster at #10 at 21.3 points per game.  The Spartans enter Tuesday night’s game with a 5-3 record after defeating Sacramento State, 62-57, Saturday afternoon.  James Kinney scored 20 points in the win, while Chris Cunningham had his four double-double of the season with 10 points and 17 rebounds. 
WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  James Kinney was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his performances in wins over UC Davis and Sacramento State last week.  He scored 27 points with five rebounds, four steals and two assists in a 73-64 road win at UC Davis. He followed up that effort with a 20-point, six-rebound performance in a 62-57 win at home against Sacramento State. Kinney has now scored 20 or more points in six of San Jose State's eight games this season. He has scored 20 or more points in five straight games. He had six three-point field goals on the week, which gives him 106 for his career, tying him for 10th all-time at San Jose State with Billy Landram. On the week, Kinney averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game. He shot 42.9 percent (18-of-42) from the field, 33.3 percent (6-of-18) from three-point range, and 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the free throw line.
LIVE STATS:  All games will have live stats available on the Spartan website at and go to “Live Stats.” 
RADIO COVERAGE:   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.  Justin Allegri calls the action.  Select Saturday games will be broadcast on KLIV 1590 AM.  The pregame show on KLIV will start 30 minutes prior to tip.  A complete listing can be found on page 4.  
VIDEO COVERAGE:  All home San Jose State games will be available on the Gold Zone on the Spartan website at, 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 read 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 SANTA CLARA:  The Broncos enter Tuesday night’s game with a 6-2 record.  The team defeated Pacific Union, 77-42, this past Saturday night.  The only two losses for Santa Clara came in overtime - home games against Utah State, 80-78 and UC Santa Barbara 83-80. Head coach Kerry Keating is in his sixth season at the helm of the program. Guard Kevin Foster leads the team in scoring at 21.3 points per game and currently ranks 10th nationally in scoring.  Two others averages in double figures - Marc Trasolini at 14.9 points and Evan Roquemore at 12.8 points.  Trasolini is the team’s top rebounder wit 58, 7.3 per game. Santa Clara holds a 77-29 advantage in the all-time series.  The Spartans last win in the series came on December 23, 2009.  The team won 74-68 at Leavey Center as Adrian Oliver scored 23 points, followed by Mac Peterson with 17.  San Jose State has never defeated the Broncos at The Event Center.  The last win for the Spartans in its home venue came on December 16, 1986, when San Jose State won 75-73 at the Civic Auditorium.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman begins in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has an 82-144 record in eight seasons with the Spartans.
LAST TIME OUT: James Kinney scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead San Jose State to a 62-57 win over Sacramento State last Saturday. The Spartans (5-3) picked up their third win in a row overcoming a 12-point first-half deficit. The team took its first lead of the second-half, 41-40, on Kinney's third 3-point basket of the game with 10:04 to go. His final three-pointer on the night put the Spartans ahead for good, 50-47, with 3:45 remaining. LaVanne Pennington helped get San Jose State going offensively with three field goals in a 3:30 span. His final basket of the run finally got the deficit into single digits, 25-16 with 6:14 left in the half. Both teams struggled offensively converting just 31.3 percent of their field goal tries each. San Jose State pulled away for the win making 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:05. D.J. Brown scored all seven of his points making 7-of-8 from the line. Forward Chris Cunningham, with a game-high 17 rebounds, was the only other Spartan in double figures with 10 points. San Jose State out-rebounded Sacramento State, 59-34.
WINNING STREAK:  The Spartans enter Tuesday night’s game with a three-game winning streak, the longest for the program since the 2010-11 season.  That year, 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).
NATIONAL RANKINGS:  As of December 9, four Spartans rank in the top-75 in six categories.  James Kinney is fourth in scoring at 23.0 points per game and tied for 10th in steals at 3.0 per game.  D.J. Brown is tied for 14th in field throw percentage at 93.5.  Chris Cunningham is tied for 19th in rebounds at 10.5 per game and tied for 15th in double-doubles with 4.  Alex Brown is tied for 39th in blocked shots at 2.38 per game. As a team, the Spartans are 24th in rebound margin at 8.4, 54th in field goal percentage defense at 38.5 percent, 67th in blocks at 4.6 per game and 70th in three-point percentage at 37.2.
WIPING THE GLASS CLEAN:  The Spartans grabbed a season-high 59 rebounds in the win over Sacramento State.  The team outrebounded the Hornets, 59-34. Chris Cunningham led the team with 17 boards including 10 offensive rebounds.  Nine of the 10 players who saw action had at least one rebound. This season San Jose State has outrebounded their opponents by an average of 8.4 rebounds per game.  The only game the Spartans were outrebounded came against Weber State (34-39).
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 eight games into the 2012-13 season, San Jose State is showing its added height this season is paying off defensively.  In eight games, the team has recorded 37 blocks and had at least three blocked shots in every game.  The team is just one shy of 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 19 blocks and has had at least one in all eight games.  The individual season record is 62 set by Gerald Thomas in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.
CAREER THREE-POINT LISTS:  Just eight games into his second season at San Jose State, James Kinney has moved into 10th-place on the San Jose State career three-pointers made and attempted lists.  He needs just two made threes to move into ninth place and 47 to tie the school record.
3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE Name Seasons G Att. Made  1. Tim Pierce 2007-09 86 471 153  2. Adrian Oliver 2009-11 80 361 138  3. Robert Owens 2009-10 61 315 125  4. Michael Quinney 1998-99 54 336 123  5. Tito Addison 1995-97 84 375 122  6. Jason Allen 1991-94 97 340 120   7. Terry Cannon 1990-92, 94 97 304 114  8. Ricky Berry 1986-88 84 246 113   9. Keith Shamburger 2011-12 63 348 108 10. James Kinney 2012-C 38 278 106 10.  Billy Landram 2000-01 58 315 106
3-POINT FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED Name Seasons G Made Att.  1. Tim Pierce 2007-09 86 153 471  2. Tito Addison 1995-97 84 122 375  3. Adrian Oliver 2009-11 80 138 361   4. Keith Shamburger 2011-12 63 108 348  5. Jason Allen 1991-94 97 120 340  6. Michael Quinney 1998-99 54 123 336  7. Robert Owens 2009-10 61 125 315  8. Billy Landram 2000-01 58 106 315  9. Terry Cannon 1990-92, 94 97 114 304 10. James Kinney 2012-C 39 106 278
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS:  Chris Cunningham leads the team with 84 rebounds and averages 10.5 per game, tying for 19th in the country.  He has led the Spartans in rebounding the past five games with double-digit rebounds - 18 against UC Santa Cruz , 11 at #10 Kansas, 10 at Montana State and at UC Davis and 17 against Sacramento State. He has grabbed 10 offensive rebounds against the Hornets, six offensive rebounds at UC Davis and five offensive rebounds against UC Santa Cruz and Kansas.
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.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES:  Two Spartans have recorded double-doubles this season.  Chris Cunningham has four 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, 12 points and 10 rebounds at UC Davis and 10 points and 17 rebounds against Sacramento State. 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 seven of the eight 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 who was ill.
BLOCKIN’ THE BALL:  Alex Brown alters shots on the court and has a team-best 19 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.
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