A Brief Preview
Following a tough overtime loss to UC Riverside last week, the
Sacramento State men's basketball team will return to Big Sky
Conference action this week with a pair of league games on the road.
The Hornets open the trip on Wednesday night when they face Eastern
Washington at Reese Court. The game will start at 7 p.m. and will be
broadcast on KTKZ 1380 AM with Steve McElroy calling the action.
The Hornets enter the week with a 3-12 overall record and are riding
a five-game losing streak. Last week, the team suffered a 90-88
overtime loss to UC Riverside in its final non-conference game of the
The Eagles are currently 9-7 overall and 4-2 in Big Sky games. EWU
knocked off Northern Arizona and Cal State Northridge on the road
last week and have won four of its last five.
Meet the Coaches
After eight seasons as an assistant coach, including one with
Sacramento State, Jerome Jenkins takes over as head coach this year.
Jenkins became the 12th coach in the 52-year history of Hornet
basketball when he was named to the position on March 14, 2000.
The 33-year old coach served as the team's top assistant last season
and was credited with designing the squad's much improved defense.
Jenkins came to Sacramento State after serving two seasons as an
assistant at Eastern Washington. Prior to work at EWU, Jenkins spent
four seasons at Diablo Valley College.
A native of Los Angeles, Jenkins was an all-conference point guard at
L.A. City College as a freshman before playing his sophomore season
at Southwestern Oregon C.C. He then transferred to Regis University
in Denver, Colo., where he played his final two seasons. While with
the Rangers, Jenkins led the team in assists and steals and was named
all-conference following both seasons.
Jenkins picked up his first career victory on Nov. 17 when the
Hornets topped Bethany College, 103-48. He currently has a 3-12
Eastern Washington is coached by Ray Giacoletti. In his first season
with the Eagles, Giacoletti has a 9-7 overall record.
A Look at the Latest Action
Trenell Eddings scored with two second left in overtime to lift UC
Riverside to a 90-88 victory Friday night at Hornet Gym.
With the score tied, 88-88, Eddings drove to the free throw line,
pumped once, and buried a 15-foot floater.
Sacramento State was led by a career-high 27 points from Pablo
Gonzales. Senior Rickie Glenn also crossed the 20-point plateau with
23 and juniors Arinze Anoruo (11 rebounds) and Rene Jacques each
Three of Jacques' 11 points came at the end of regulation when he hit
a 22-foot fade-away from the left elbow to send the game into
overtime. The basket gave the Hornets their first tie since
relinquishing the lead with 13:03 left in the game.
Sacramento State entered halftime with a 42-35 advantage but UCR
opened the second half on a 30-16 run and led by seven midway through
the period. The Hornets were able to pull as close as one point on
four occasions before Jacques tied the game.
Once in overtime, Sacramento State made 1-of-2 free throws on its
first two trips to the line and led 83-81. The Highlanders took their
first lead of the extra period when Ted Bell made a layup with 3:23
on the clock. Gonzales returned the lead to the Hornets with a pair
of free throws before Viliamu Morton scored on a dunk. Eddings
extended the lead to 88-85 with a jumper but Gonzales answered with a
three with 17 seconds left.
Morton paced UC Riverside with a career-high 21 points. The freshman
was 10-of-10 from the floor including a handful of dunks.
A Look at the HornetsTriple Play
The Hornets pulled off a rare trifecta on Friday, tallying two
20-point scorers and a double-double. Seniors Pablo Gonzales and
Rickie Glenn each scored over 20 points and junior Arinze Anouro
recorded his team-leading third double-double of the year in the loss
to UC Riverside.
Gonzales set a new career high with 27 points despite going 5-of-10
from the floor. The Folsom, Calif., native made 4-of-5 attempts from
long range and shattered his previous career high of four free throw
attempts by going 13-of-14 from the free throw line.
Glenn scored over 20 for the fifth time this season when he recorded
23 points. The Sacramento, Calif., resident was also only one rebound
away from a double-double.
Anoruo continued his hot play with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Anoruo
shot 5-of-8 from the floor to raise is team-leading field goal
percentage to .548.
Since recovering from injuries to both of his thumbs, Arinze Anoruo
has nearly been unstoppable. The South San Francisco, Calif., native
did not play against Menlo College and was held scoreless against
Northern Arizona on Jan. 4. Since then, Anoruo is averaging 11.0
points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 17 points
and grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds against Cal State Northridge to
start the streak and has had no less than eight points and six
rebounds in any of the games. He has also shot 60.6 percent
(20-for-33) from the floor in those games and led the team in
rebounding in three of the four contests.
Where's the Bench?
Over the past four games the Sacramento State bench has been
outscored, 113-70, by the opposition. It was never more apparent than
on Friday when UCR's nonstarters posted 36 points compared to just 14
by the Hornets.
Junior Rene Jacques is the only player keeping Sacramento State
competitive. The guard scored 11 of the 14 on Friday and has
accounted for 38 of the team's 70 points during the span.
Signs of the Times
It really is simple - when the Hornets rebound, they win, when they
don't, they lose. This season, Sacramento State is 3-0 when
outrebounding opponents. On the other side, the team is 0-12 when
getting beat on the glass. The team is also undefeated when leading
at the half but winless when trailing at the break.
On Friday, the team held a one rebound advantage at halftime and led,
42-35. However, UCR outrebounded the Hornets, 19-10, in the second
half and overtime to walk away with the win.
The Hornets are still looking for their first Big Sky road win in
school history. The team currently has lost 33-straight conference
games away from home...Friday's game was the first overtime contest
played by Sacramento State since Feb. 3, 2000 at Montana...the team's
25 made free throws and 36 free throw attempts against UC Riverside
were season highs...the nine made three-pointers also tied the mark
set against Menlo and Cal State Northridge earlier this year.
A Look at the EaglesEastern Washington stretched its winning streak to three games with
wins at Northern Arizona and Cal State Northridge last week. The
Eagles have now won four of their past five.EWU is 4-2 at home this year. The team opened the season with a
loss to Gonzaga. It has since defeated Evergreen State, San Jose
State, Cascade College and Portland State at home.Aaron Olson leads the squad with 13.5 points per game. Chris White
is second with 12.1 points and leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per
game. The pair are both averaging over 16 points in Big Sky games.
The SeriesEastern Washington holds a 9-3 advantage in the all-time series.
The two teams, however, have split the season series in each of the
past two seasons. The Eagles own a 6-0 lead when playing at home.
Who's Up NextThe Hornets continue their road trip with a Friday night showdown
against Portland State. The game will be televised on Fox Sports
Northwest as the Big Sky Game of the Week. Sacramento State has never
won in Portland, Ore.
Big Sky NotesEastern Washington's Aaron Olson and Chris White were named co-Big
Sky Players of the Week. White averaged 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds
while Olson contributed 23.5 points and 2.5 assists.