A Brief Preview
Coming off another tough loss on Saturday, the Sacramento State men's
basketball team continues its three-game homestand when it takes on
Montana State on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. The game, which will be
held at Hornet Gym, will not have local radio coverage.
The Hornets enter the week with a 3-16 overall record and an 0-8 mark
in the Big Sky Conference. The team saw its losing streak stretched
to a season-long nine games when it was edged, 71-67, by Idaho State
Montana State currently sits at 14-8 overall and 6-3 in Big Sky
games. The Bobcats have alternated wins and losses in their past six
games but have also won eight of their past 11 and 10 of their last
14 games.A Look at the Latest Action
Chad Tracy scored with four seconds left to break a 67-67 tie and
lift Idaho State to a 71-67 victory over Sacramento State in front of
a sellout crowd of 1,135 at Hornet Gym Saturday night.
Sacramento State began the game by missing its first 11 shots of the
contest and found itself trailing, 13-0, with 15:36 left in the first
half. From that point, the Hornets outscored ISU, 26-25, and trailed,
38-26, at halftime.
Sacramento State opened the second half with the same pace and was
able to trim its deficit to three, 40-37, in the first four minutes
of the period. The Hornets made the score, 44-43, in favor of ISU,
when freshman Cedric Thompkins made a pair of free throws.
Sacramento State seized its first lead of the game after Arinze
Anoruo made a pair of free throws to make the score 55-54.
With the score tied, 65-65, ISU's Jordie McTavish made a pair of free
throws but Rame Batta answered for Sacramento State with a driving
layup with 39 seconds to play.
On the next possession, Tracy was able to free himself under the
basket with one second left on the shot clock for the easy layup.
Sacramento State attempted to respond but Rickie Glenn's pass sailed
out of bounds and gave the ball back to ISU. The Hornets were forced
to foul Tim Erickson who made both free throws sealing the game.
Idaho State shot 51 percent from the floor as a team and were led by
a balanced scoring attack. In all, four ISU players cracked
double-figures led by D'Marr Suggs' 14 points.
Sacramento State ended the night shooting 36.4 percent. Junior Arinze
Anoruo recorded his fourth double-double with 14 points and a
game-high 12 rebounds. Pablo Gonzales and Rene Jacques matched Anoruo
with 14 points each.
A Look at the HornetsLooking Ahead
Although the 2001 Big Sky season is just now at the halfway point,
Hornet fans have promising hopes for next year.
Juniors Arinze Anoruo and Rene Jacques have begun to emerge in the
team's offense in recent weeks. Anoruo posted his team-leading fourth
double-double of the season on Saturday with 14 points and 12
rebounds. The South San Francisco, Calif., native currently ranks
third on the team with 9.3 points per game and leads the squad with
6.7 rebounds per contest. Anoruo has led the team in rebounds in four
of the past six games including a pair in which he recorded
Jacques, who has struggled with his confidence over the past year and
a half, is beginning to regain the form from his freshman season. The
guard began his reemergence with 11 points against Weber State and
followed with nine at Northern Arizona and 11 vs. UC Riverside -
including a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. Saturday,
Jacques tied for the team lead with 14 points off the bench.
Looking Ahead II
While Anoruo and Jacques will serve as the senior leaders next
season, freshman Cedric Thompkins and David Joiner are both making
smooth transitions to the college game this year.
Thompkins, who has been plagued by a hamstring injury all season, has
averaged 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds over the last two games. The
forward scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds against Idaho
State on Saturday.
Although Joiner has scored only four points over the past seven
games, the swingman has been instrumental in helping break down the
opposing defense. Joiner has above average ball-handling skills for a
6-6 player and has single-handedly broken the opposing press leading
to easy Sacramento State baskets.
Looking for Repeat
The last time the Sacramento State basketball team picked up a Big
Sky win, it came against Montana State. The Hornets defeated the
Bobcats, 70-54, but have since lost 15-straight conference games
dating back to last season.
The streak, however, is nowhere near the conference and school record
of 29-straight losses set from the 1996-97 season through January 27,
Free Throw Flop
After shooting the ball extremely well from the line over the past
two weeks, the Hornets reverted to early-season form by making just
13-of-22 attempts from the stripe on Saturday. Although the team has
shot under 60 percent from the line in a game on seven occasions this
season, Saturday marked the first time in the last six games.
The 1,135 fans at the Idaho State game marked the first sellout this
season...Pablo Gonzales extended his streak to five-straight games in
double-figures with 14 points on Saturday...he has also led or tied
for the team lead in scoring in four of those five games...Rickie
Glenn's streak of six-consecutive double-figure games came to an end
when he scored five points...the Hornets have been ahead or tied with
less than 10 minutes to play in six of their last seven games.
A Look at the Last Meetings
Rickie Glenn scored 22 points in back-to-back games helping the
Hornets split the season series with Montana State last season. The
two teams played each other in consecutive games with each winning on
its home court.
In the first meeting, three Bobcat scorers ended the game in
double-figures and helped MSU hold on to a three-point win.
Sacramento State bounced back in the second meeting, outscoring
Montana State, 37-26, in the second half en route to a 70-54 win.
Glenn was a combined 17-for-27 in the two games. The 22 points was
his career high until he scored 27 earlier this season at Portland
The Bobcats were led by forward John Lazosky who combined for 32
points. Forward Aaron Rich also grabbed 18 rebounds over the two
A Look at the BobcatsAfter winning a season-long five straight games, Montana State has
alternated losses and wins in its past six contests.Senior forward John Lazosky and junior guard Justin Brown represent
MSU's top two scoring threats. Lazosky averages 13.0 points and Brown
12.0 ppg.The Bobcats are the best shooting team in the Big Sky from inside
and outside the three-point line. Montana State leads the league by
making 50.1 percent of all its field goal attempts. The team is also
shooting a league-best .460 (171-372) from behind the arc.
The SeriesDespite splitting the two games last season, Montana State stills
holds a hefty 12-2 advantage in the all-time series. The Bobcats had
won 12-straight over the Hornets until the last meeting. MSU is 6-1
all-time in Sacramento.
Who's Up NextSacramento State will quickly return to action to host the
University of Montana on Thursday. The game represents the only time
this season that the Hornets will play back-to-back games.
Big Sky NotesIdaho State's Doug Silva was named Big Sky Conference Player of the
Week. Silva averaged 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in
helping the Bengals to road wins over Northern Arizona and Sacramento
State. The 6-10 center shot 73.0 percent (11-15) in the two games.