SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Dan Trammel led all players with 21 points and 12 rebounds and Montana went to free throw line 42 times as the Grizzlies defeated Sacramento State, 88-78, in a Big Sky Conference men's basketball game Saturday evening in Hornet Gym.
With the victory, Montana, which shot 50.0 percent (27-54) from the floor and 64.3 percent (27-42) from the free throw line, improved to 10-10 overall and 4-3 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State, which lost at home for the first time since Dec. 30, dropped to 8-11 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
The Hornets were whistled for a season-high 31 fouls, including seven in the first 4:29 of the second half. Sacramento State took 18 more shots from the field than Montana, but converted on just 33.3 percent (24-72) from the field. The Hornets outrebounded the Grizzlies, 45-41, including 23 offensive rebounds.
Trammel, Brent Cummings (20 points, 8-of-12 shooting) and David Bell (17 points, 5-of-11 from three-point range) combined for 58 of the Grizzlies? 88 points.
Sacramento State jumped out to an early 10-9 lead at the 15:18 mark of the first half before Montana used an 8-0 run to go up, 17-10 with 13:15 to play. Sacramento State would not regain the lead for the remainder of the contest as Montana led for the last 35 minutes of the game. The Grizzlies extended their lead to as many as 14 points in the first half and 19 in the second half.
The Hornets used a late 5-0 run to climb back within five points (83-78) of the Montana lead with 54 seconds to play. However, the Grizzlies' Shane Christensen converted on a pair of free throws to push the lead back up to seven with 50 seconds left. After a missed three-pointer by Leo Cravey, Cummings converted on a put-back lay-up with 31 seconds to play, pushing the Grizzlies' lead to 87-79. Christensen added another free throw as the Hornets were held scoreless for the final 54 seconds of the contest.
Junior Joe Dawson led Sacramento State with 17 points while seniors Rene Jacques (11) and Ronnie Walton (10) rounded out the Hornets in double figures. Sacramento State's field goal percentage (33.3) marked the team's worst output since shooting 28.3 percent in the second game of the season against Wofford (Nov. 14). The Hornets connected on 9-of-28 (32.1 percent) from beyond the three-point line, including Jacques? 3-for-3 performance.
Tonight's crowd of 1,445 was the second-consecutive standing-room only crowd in Hornet Gym. It was also the team's largest crowd since moving back into Hornet Gym last season.
The Hornets return to action next week as they play on the road at Portland State (Friday, Feb. 1) and Eastern Washington (Saturday, Feb. 2).