Men's Basketball Begins MW Play At Nevada

Dec. 26, 2016

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MEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS LEAGUE PLAY AT NEVADA
San José State heads into conference play with its best record since the 2010-11 season, and will meet Nevada in the Mountain West opener for both teams on Wednesday, December 28. Tipoff on the Mountain West Network is set for 7:00 p.m. (PT). A number of interesting matchups will play out when the two teams hit the court for the first time in Reno since the 2014-15 season. Justin Allegri will have the call on KLIV 1590 AM radio with pregame beginning at 6:30 p.m. (PT).

San José State (7-4, 0-0 MW) at Nevada (11-2, 0-0 MW)
Wednesday, December 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Lawlor Event Center (11,536)
Reno, Nev.

Video Streaming: Mountain West Network
Listen: KLIV 1590 AM Radio
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Two things that both San José State and Nevada have been done successfully this season are score the basketball and rebound. The Spartans and Wolf Pack are top-five in the Mountain West for scoring offense, made 3-pointers and 3-point field goal percentage. Nevada's Jordan Caroline and SJSU's Brandon Clarke will square off down low for the first time Wednesday - They are the top-two offensive rebounders respectively in the league.

TOP SHOT-BLOCKERS SQUARE OFF
Sophomore forwards Brandon Clarke and Cameron Oliver, the league's top shot blockers will be one of many matchups to circle when the Spartans and Wolf Pack square off. Oliver comes in with a Mountain West-leading 3.1 blocks per game, with Clarke next at 2.2. Clarke is coming off of his second game with six blocks - a single-game record for SJSU - in the 92-82 win over Southern Utah. But it's not all defense for these two players with Oliver averaging 15.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while Clarke comes in with averages of 14.8 points and 7.0 rebounds.

JAMES CONTINUES TO ROLL WITH ANOTHER CAREER-HIGH
Point guard Jalen James had matched his previous career-high 13 points twice this season before bursting for 23 points in the most recent win over Southern Utah. James, the team's leading scorer off the bench at 9.5 points per game, made 6-of-10 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line in his career-night. The redshirt-junior is building his best season as a Spartan, helped most by his confidence shooting the ball - especially from 3-point range where he's connecting on 43 percent of his shot, compared to his career mark of 29 percent.

WELAGE CANS FIVE THREES IN WIN
Ryan Welage made 5-of-6 from downtown to tie a career-high in the nonconference finale win over Southern Utah. After consecutive games without even attempting a three, he's made nine 3-point baskets in the last two contests. He finished the Southern Utah game with a season-high 22 points and is averaging 16.6 points per game during SJSU's current three-game winning streak.

GARY WILLIAMS CONTINUES TO PRODUCE
Spartan guard Gary Williams, Jr., has proved over the course of the season that he can produce in a number of roles. He was a starter during consecutive wins over Washington State, Idaho and Santa Clara before returning to the bench. As a reserve in the win over Southern Utah he produced a season-high 17 points, nine of which were earned at the foul line. Since returning to a reserve role in the last four games, Williams has averages of 11.8 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting  48.5 percent from the field.

TWO 20-POINT SCORERS LEADS SPARTANS PAST SOUTHERN UTAH
Jalen James with a career-high 23 points and Ryan Welage with a season-high 22 points, led San José State to a 92-82 win over Southern Utah in the team's 2016-17 nonconference finale. The results gives the Spartans their best record heading into conference play since the 2010-11 season when they were 8-3 entering Western Athletic Conference action. Welage was in on the last time SJSU had two players score 20 or more points in a game when he and Princeton Onwas has 23 and 21 points respectively on the road at San Diego State.

SPARTANS TRY TO REVERSE NEVADA OWNAGE
San José State trails Nevada 50-55 in the all-time series dating back to 1911. But the series hasn't been that close recently, with the Wolf Pack taking 15 of the last 16, and 25 of the last 27 meetings. The last SJSU win in the series was February 18, 2014 in Reno when Jalen James hit a game-winning basket with 1.8 seconds remaining. SJSU fell to Nevada in the only meeting of last season, 61-55, in The Event Center.

MORE ON NEVADA
Nevada is the top-team in the Mountain West heading into conference play with an 11-2 overall record. They are paced in scoring by Marcus Marshall's 20.2 points per game. Jordan Caroline is the team's top rebounder, averaging 9.3 per game. Nevada's only two losses of the year have come at the hands of #18-Saint Mary's on the road in the season-opener and at home to Iona. Nevada comes in with a six-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the Mountain West.