Men's Basketball Heads To Las Vegas To Face JMU

Next Game: Sat., Dec. 22 James Madison (4-6) KLIV 1590 AM, KSJS 90.5 FM MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev. 8:30 p.m. PST
SPARTANS HEADED TO LAS VEGAS:  Looking to start a new winning streak, the San Jose State men’s basketball team heads to Las Vegas for a non-conference game against James Madison at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as part of the Vegas Holiday Hoops event.  The game will be the first in 11 days for the Spartans after taking a break for finals. The Spartans enter Saturday night’s game with a 5-4 record after falling to Santa Clara, 75-54, on December 11.  James Kinney again led the team in scoring with 19 points.  Alex Brown had a team-best eight rebounds and four blocked shots.
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 the third 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 with Jeff Bowe.  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.  
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ABOUT JAMES MADISON:  The Dukes enter Saturday night’s game with a 4-6 overall record after defeating UNC Greensboro on Sunday, 85-73.  The team’s other wins came against Youngstown State (69-68), Winthrop (71-61), East Tennessee State (70-45). Head coach Matt Brady is in his fifth season at the helm of the program with a 71-73 overall record.   Four players average double figures, led by forward Rayshawn Goins at 14.4 points per game.  Andrey Semenov averages 11.6 points, followed by Devon Moore at 10.9 points and Andre Nation at 10.2 points per game. This is the first meeting between the two teams.
SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH:  George Nessman begins in his eighth season as head coach at San Jose State.  He has an 82-145 record in eight seasons with the Spartans.
LAST TIME OUT: James Kinney led all players with 19 points, but Santa Clara came up with a 75-54 win at The Event Center on December 11.  After Kinney, no other San Jose State player scored in double figures.  For the second game in a row, San Jose State struggled from the field making just 25.0 of its field goal attempts. In the December 8 win over Sacramento State, the Spartans converted 31.3 percent of their field goal tries.
WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - DEC. 10:  James Kinney was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his performances in wins over UC Davis and Sacramento State.  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.  For 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.
WINNING STREAK:  The Spartans had a three-game winning streak earlier this month, the longest for the program since the 2010-11 season.  That year, the team won four straight home games in the middle of February -  Montana State (77-73), Weber State (62-46), New Mexico State (72-70 OT) and Louisiana Tech (72-60).
NATIONAL RANKINGS:  As of December 16, four Spartans rank in the top-75 in six categories.  James Kinney is fifth in scoring at 22.6 points per game, tied for 15th in steals at 2.78 per game and tied for 60th in three-point field goals per game at 2.67 pg..  D.J. Brown is tied for 42nd in field throw percentage at 89.7 percent.  Chris Cunningham is tied for 28th in rebounds at 9.8 per game and tied for 23rd in double-doubles with 4.  Alex Brown is tied for 28th in blocked shots at 2.56 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 7.6 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 nine games into the 2012-13 season, San Jose State is showing its added height this season is paying off defensively.  The team has recorded 43 blocks, surpassing last year’s total of 38 blocks in 31 games, and had at least three blocked shots in every game.  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 23 blocks and has had at least one in all nine games.  The individual season record is 62 set by Gerald Thomas in 29 games during the 1987-88 season.
CAREER THREE-POINT LISTS:  Just nine games into his second season at San Jose State, James Kinney has moved onto the San Jose State career three-point field goals made and attempted lists.  He is ninth in three-pointers made with 110 and 10th in three-point attempts with 284.
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. James Kinney 2012-C 40 284 110 10. Keith Shamburger 2011-12 63 348 108
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 39 110 284
CUNNINGHAM CLEANING THE GLASS:  Chris Cunningham leads the team with 88 rebounds and averages 9.8 per game, tying for 28th in the country.  He had five consecutive 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. Cunningham 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.
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
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.
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 eight of the nine 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 23 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.
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. 
PENNINGTON SOLID CONTRIBUTOR OFF BENCH: Senior guard LaVanne Pennington is averaging 5.6 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.
2013 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2013 WAC Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 12 and 14-16 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.  All 10 team advance to the tournament, with teams 7-10 playing on the 12th, and the eight remaining teams in the tournament playing on the 14th.  The championship game will be shown live on ESPNU on the 16th at 8 p.m. PST.
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 begins WAC play with two road games to end 2012.  The Spartans play at Texas State on Saturday, December 29 at 2 p.m. CST/12 p.m. PST, and at UTSA on Monday, December 31, at 2 p.m. CST/12 p.m. PST.  San Jose State returns home to start 2013 with games against Idaho (1/3), Seattle U (1/5) and New Orleans (1/8).