FIRST ROAD TEST FOR THE SPARTANS SUNDAY AT TEXAS TECH: The Spartans go on the road this weekend for the first time this season as the team plays at Texas Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT. The Spartans last faced a Big XII team in 2021-22 when the team traveled to the No. 8 Texas on November 20, 2021, and suffered a 79-45 loss.
San José State has started the season 2-0 for the second consecutive year after wins over UC Irvine (72-64) and Bethesda (117-72) to start the season. Head coach Tim Miles coached his 800th game as a head coach in the win over UC Irvine and won his 14th consecutive season opener against Division I opponents since 2009.
After Sunday’s game, the Spartans play at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, November 17-20. SJSU faces Abilene Christian on the 17th, the team that upset Oklahoma State in Stillwater last Monday.
LIVE STATS: Live stats can be found at http://www.sjsustats.com.
LIVE VIDEO: Sunday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
LISTEN LIVE: : The Spartans will be broadcast over the air on KTRB, 860 AM and streamed on their website at https://860amtheanswer.com/ with Ben Ross on the call.
ABOUT TEXAS TECH: The Red Raiders started the season 1-0 on Wednesday with a 73-46 home win over Texas A&M-Commerce. Head coach Grant McCasland is in his first season at the helm of the program. The Spartans faced a McCasland-coached team last season as he was the head coach at North Texas. The two teams played at the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship with the Mean Green winning 69-54.
Series Record - 0-1
Only Meeting - L, 88-54, Nov. 10, 2005, Lubbock, Texas
The two teams opened the 2005-06 season with the game in Lubbock as part of the 2K Sports College Hoops Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. It also marked the debut of Spartan head coach George Nessman.
HEAD COACH TIM MILES: San José State head coach Tim Miles begins this third season at the school and in his 27th season overall as a head coach. He was named the head coach on April 6, 2021, and made an immediate impact on the Spartan fans as he won his 400th career game in the opener of the 2021-22 season. Miles has a 430-371 coaching record including 31-37 at San José State. He is 40th in the NCAA among active Division I head coaches in career wins at 430.
2700 GAMES: Thursday night’s game with Bethesda marked the 2,700th game played in the 113th season of the program. The program has won 1,195 games since the first season in 1909-10.
SIX SPARTANS IN DOUBLE FIGURES AS EVERYONE SCORES IN WIN OVER BETHESDA: Production was strong for San José State in the 117-72 win over Bethesda Thursday night. Six Spartans scored in double figures, led by Tibet Görener who had a career-best 26 points. Latrell Davis came off the bench to score 16 points including 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Alvaro Cardenas had 14 points and dished out eight assists. Trey Anderson scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, while MJ Amey Jr. had 12 points and dished out four assists. William Humer scored 11 points, shooting 4-for-6 from the field and 3-of-3 at the free throw line.
100 POINTS IN A GAME: The Spartans scored 117 points against Bethesda on November 9, the fifth time a San José State team has scored 100+ points in a game since 2011.
128 vs. Life Pacific December 12, 2015
118 vs. Bethesda January 8, 2022
117 vs. Bethesda November 9, 2023
109 vs. Life Pacific December 10, 2016
101 vs. Boise State (overtime) January 6, 2011
FOUR SPARTANS IN DOUBLE-FIGURES IN OPENING NIGHT WIN: Trey Anderson led a quartet of Spartan scorers Tuesday night with 19 points to lead San José State to a 72-64 win over UC Irvine on opening night. Anderson was 7-for-9 from the field and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Tibet Görener added 17 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field including 3-for-3 from three-point range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Myron Amey Jr. added 12 points in his first game since December 28, 2022. He was also 6-for-6 from the free throw line and grabbed five rebounds and two steals.
Alvaro Cardenas had 11 points and dished out a team-best seven assists. He grabbed two rebounds and two steals.
DISHING OUT THE ROCK: Alvaro Cardenas dished out 15 assists in the first two games of the season. He started the year with seven assists versus UC Irvine and then had eight against Bethesda. He has 216 assists in his two-plus years at San José State and needs just 43 to crack the SJSU all-time assists lists.
CAREER RANKINGS: Tibet Görener is now seventh all-time in three-pointers attempted at 343, passing Jason Allen and Omari Moore Thursday night. He needs four more to match the total by D.J. Brown. Görener needs five more three-pointers made to move into a tie for ninth with Jason Allen and James Kinney at 120.
NAME TAGS NEEDED: This year’s Spartan roster features nine newcomers, seven freshmen, a junior college transfer and college transfer. Adrame Diongue, a transfer from Washington State, is the only newcomer in the starting lineup. William Humer, from McCook CC, is averaging 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. Latrell Davis, from Leeds, Great Britain, is 8-for-12 from the free throw line and one of the first off the bench. Rickey Mitchell Jr. has seen action in both games this season, while Christian Wise, Bennett Blackerby and Pasha Goodarzi played in the Bethesda game. Diogo Seixas and Iggy Mitchell Jr. are currently unavailable due to injuries.
40+ POINT HALVES: The Spartans have started the 2023-24 season by recording 40+-points in three of the first four halves played. The team scored 48 points in the second half of the victory over UC Irvine and then followed that up with 56 points in the first half of the Bethesda game and a season-high 61 points in the second half of the game.
Last season, SJSU scored 40 or more points in 12 halves and was 10-1 in those games (scored 40+ in both halves of one game).
UP NEXT: The Spartans play at the Paradise Jam on the U.S. Virgin Islands, November 17-20. The team faces Abilene Christian on Friday the 17th beginning at 12:15 p.m PT. The Spartans will then play two more games over the next three days in the tournament. San José State returns home on Monday the 27th to play North Dakota State at 8 p.m., inside the Provident Credit Union Event Center.