Men's Basketball Begins Four-Game Homestand Wednesday Night

Dec. 17, 2013

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Next Games:           

Wed., Dec. 18            UC Davis (3-8)            The Event Center (5,000 capacity)

RADIO:  KSJS, 90.5 FM            7:00 p.m. PST

Sat., Dec. 21            Westminster (7-4)            The Event Center (5,000 capacity)

RADIO:  KLIV 1590 AM; KSJS 90.5 FM            12:00 p.m. PST

FINALS OVER, HOME GAMES BEGIN:  After taking the past week off for finals, the San José State men's basketball team returns to the hardwood this week with two non-conference games at The Event Center.  The Spartans host UC Davis Wednesday as part of a doubleheader with the women's team who hosts Georgia State at 4:30 p.m..  On Saturday, the team hosts Westminster from Salt Lake City as the first part of another doubleheader with the Spartan women's team.

San José State won its third game of the season 10 days ago with a 72-68 win at Houston.  Jalen James recorded only the second triple-double in school history with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.  Rashad Muhammad led all scorers with 21 points.

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

VIDEO COVERAGE:  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 UC DAVIS:  The Aggies enter Wednesday night's game with a 3-8 overall record.  After starting the season 3-2, the team has lost its last six games including an 83-56 loss at Stanford this past Saturday evening.  UC Davis also lost to fellow Mountain West foe Nevada, 87-81, in overtime on December 7.  Head coach Jim Les is in his third season at the helm of the UC Davis program.

Two players average double-figure points.  Josh Ritchart, who has missed the past two games, averages 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  Corey Hawkins is the second-leading scorer at 16.6 points per game.  He also averages 5.7 rebounds per game and has 10 steals on the season. 

San José State holds a 14-7 advantage in the all-time series and have won the past three meetings.  The Spartans won last year's meeting, 73-64, at The Pavilion in Davis.

Last Four Meetings

1/15/1975            L            66-55

12/29/1976            W            85-78

12/20/11            W            79-59            The Event Center

12/5/12            W            73-64            The Pavilion

ABOUT WESTMINSTER:  The Griffins begin the week with a 7-4 overall record and have won their past three games.  The team plays at the CSUSM Holiday Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday against Vanguard and Cal State San Marcos, and at Pacific Union on Friday before traveling to San José for Saturday's game.  Head coach Adam Hiatt is in his third season at the school with a 50-23 record. 

Tallon Robertson leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game and in rebounding at 7.5 boards per game.  He also has seven blocks on the season.  Blake Skidmore is the other Griffin averaging double figures at 15.1 points per game.

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. 

JAMES ETCHES HIS NAME INTO SAN JOSÉ STATE HISTORY:  Freshman Jalen James recorded just the second triple-double in San José State history with his 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 72-68 win at Houston on December 7.  James joins Brandon Hawkins who had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against Notre Dame de Namur on Dec. 18, 2001.

James is only the third Mountain West player to record a triple-double - Mark Dickel (UNLV), 17 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists on Nov. 19, 1999; and Justin Williams (Wyoming) 10 points, 15 rebounds, 12 blocks on March 10, 2006.

MOUNTAIN WEST Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Jalen James was named the Mountain West Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 9, after his triple-double performance at Houston.  James was honored along with Cameron Bairstow of New Mexico.

James recorded career highs of 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 38 minutes of play at Houston.  He was 3-for-4 from the field including 2-for-2 from three-point range and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.  His four made free throws came in the final 17 seconds of the game to secure the victory.

James is just one of six players nationally this year to record a triple-double and the only freshman to accomplish this feat.

HOME, SWEET HOME:  The Spartans play just their second home game of the season Wednesday night against UC Davis. San José State started the 2013-14 season by playing eight of its first nine game either on the road or at a neutral site.  The UC Davis game marks the first of four consecutive home games.  The Spartans then host Westminster on Saturday, Pacifica on Saturday, December 28, and Nevada on Wednesday, January 1, to open Mountain West play.

San José State won its only home game of the season, 81-59, over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, November 23 

FRESHMAN MAKING IMPACT, LEADING TEAM IN SCORING:  Just a freshman, Rashad Muhammad is leading the San José State team in scoring this season with 153 points, 17.0 points per game.  Of the top-200 scorers nationally through December 15, Muhammad is tied for 163rd and is one of just 13 freshmen on the list.  On the three-point field goals made list, Muhammad is tied for 49th in three-point field goals made per game at 2.78.  He is one of five freshmen in the top-50.

Muhammad has led the team in scoring in six games including a season-high 23 points at Portland.  He leads the team in three-pointers, making 25 of his 57 attempts this year.  He is also the best free throw shooter, making 40-of-48 attempts (83.3%). 

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.

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 nine 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

ROAD-WEARY TRAVELERS:  The Spartans played eight of its nine games to start the season on the road or at a neutral site.  The squad 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

THREE-POINT GAME RECORDS SET OR TIED THIS SEASON:  Just nine games into the season, the Spartans have tied or set two three-point game records for most made and most attempted in a game.

The Spartans have tied the single-game three-pointers made in a game record twice this season.  The team made 14 in two wins this season, at Pepperdine and at Houston, tying the record set against Louisiana Tech on January 13, 2005.

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.

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 as the team's second leading scorer at 11.7 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 6.8 per game.  He also has a team-high eight blocked shots.

DISHIN' OUT THE ROCK:  Two Spartans have 30 or more assists on the season.  D.J. Brown leads the team with31 assists, 3.4 per game, while Jalen James has recorded 30 assists, 3.3 pg.  Brown dished out six assists at Santa Clara and at Weber State, while James had 10 assists at Houston.

WAKE UP WITH WOJCIK:  Spartan head coach Dave Wojcik hosts a monthly breakfast get-together at Rosie's New York Pizza at 1285 The Alameda in San José.  He discusses the X's and O's of basketball, recruiting and general basketball topics throughout the season.  A full breakfast is served, but an RSVP is required.  Cost is $25 per person which includes a donation to Spartan Foundation.  The next breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, January 7.  To RSVP, please contact Blake Sasaki at 408-924-3300 or blake.sasaki@sjsu.edu.

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.

Sat., Dec. 7            Houston             ESPN3            W, 72-68

Wed., Jan. 8            *Colorado State             Mountain West Network            The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 11            *New Mexico             ROOT Sports            The Event Center            7:05 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 22            *San Diego State             ESPN3            The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 25            *Boise State             ROOT Sports            Boise, Idaho            4:05 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 29            *UNLV             ESPN3            The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 1            *New Mexico             ROOT Sports            Albuquerque, N.M.            6:05 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 12            *Air Force             ROOT Sports            The Event Center            7:00 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 25            *San Diego State             CBSSN            San Diego, Calif.            8:05 p.m.

Sat., March 1            *Utah State             ROOT Sports            The Event Center            5:05 p.m.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans continue at home with a game against Pacifica on Saturday, December 28, at 2 p.m.  The team opens Mountain West play on Wednesday, January 1, against Nevada. Tip is set for 7 p.m., at The Event Center.