JOEL JONES SCORES 35 POINTS TO HIGHLIGHT FIFTH-ANNUAL SET OF MENâ€™S BASKETBALL ALUMNI GAMES
Players from the 2000s assemble for a team photo after today's game
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former Hornets from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s of Sacramento State men’s basketball gathered Saturday for the program’s third-annual set of Alumni Games.
Players from the 1980s took on the 1990s in the first game, and the nightcap saw players from 2000-06 take on former Hornets from 2006-12.
In the 2000s game, the two teams combined for 193 points in four 10-minute, running-clock quarters, and the players from 2000-06 took home a 98-95 victory.
Three players from the 2000-06 squad scored in double figures, including Joel Jones, who was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after tallying game highs in both points (35) and rebounds (12) while shooting 13-of-20 from the floor, 5-of-11 from the three-point line and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He was joined in double figures by Brandon Guyton (20 points, six three-pointers) and Emir Medunjanin (15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals). James Payne led all players with eight assists, Damond Edwards had nine points, Rickie Glenn added eight points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Rene Jacques scored seven points.
To give both teams a similar number of players, three former Hornets that played in the early 2000s switched over to the 2006-12 squad, comprised of DaShawn Freeman, Jameel Pugh and E.J. Harris. Pugh finished with 18 points, including three rim-rattling dunks while Loren Leath had a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds for Team 2006-12. Antonio Flaggs had 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals while shooting 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the three-point line. Randy Adams added 12 points, Freeman had eight points and seven assists without a turnover, Michael Selling had eight points and nine rebounds, and Wandji Aboubakar finished with five points and six rebounds.
A complete box score of the game can be found by clicking on the link above the story.
In the early game, Tad Hoogenbosch finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds in the 1990s’ 73-68 victory over the 1980s squad. Pat Wallace added 20 points and 11 assists, and Mike Kane came off the bench to knock down four three-pointers in the winning effort.
Sean Smartt and Paul Dominguez led the 1980s squad with 22 points and 21 points, respectively, while Zach Vail buried a pair of three-pointers down the stretch to get the team back in the contest. Sean McClendon finished with a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds).
The current version of the Hornets host Portland State at 7:05 p.m.