A Brief Preview
The Sacramento State men's basketball team will conclude its two-game
road trip with a matchup against the Wildcats of Weber State on
Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. PST. The Hornets travel to Ogden, Utah,
after suffering a 98-82 loss at Montana State on Thursday.
The Hornets enter the week with a 4-18 overall record and an 1-10
mark in the Big Sky Conference. Weber State currently sits at 12-11
overall and 7-6 in Big Sky games. The Wildcats have lost four of the
their last five games including a 66-63 decision at Montana on
The game will be broadcast on KTKZ 1380 AM with Steve McElroy calling
the action. The contest can also be heard via www.hornetsports.com.
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 4-18
Weber State is coached by Joe Cravens. In his third year with the
Wildcats, Cravens has posted a 30-21 overall record. He also owns an
85-73 overall mark in five years as a collegiate head coach.
A Look at the HornetsHigh Theft Rate
For the second-consecutive season, Rame Batta and Pablo Gonzales have
each been ranked in the top five in the Big Sky in steals. The pair
have 48 and 46 swipes this season, respectively, and are moving in on
the top 10 in school history.
Batta moved into third place last season with 57 steals and is
currently on pace for 60 thefts in 2000-2001. The current record is
held by Pat Wallace who tallied 65 steals in 1989-90. Wallace also
ranks fifth and ninth on the list as well as owning the career record
with 210 steals.
Gonzales sits in seventh place on the single season list with 51
steals in his junior season. The Folsom, Calif., native is on pace
for 56 steals this season.
Both Batta and Gonzales are on pace to end just shy of the career top
five. Damond Edwards occupies the fifth spot with 123 steals from
1992 to 1997.
Based on history, the odds of Sacramento State winning at Weber State
are about zero. The Hornets have squared off against the Wildcats 11
times and have yet to post a victory. Couple that with the fact that
Sacramento State has still yet to win a Big Sky road game since
joining the league five years ago and you have a recipe for a
Weber State has been far from a gracious host over the past four
visits to the Dee Events Center. WSU won, 97-66, in 1996-97, 89-54,
in 1997-98, 91-50, in 1998-99 and 82-62 last season.
After a two-game stretch in which he scored just seven points, Rame
Batta has become one of the team's top scorers. The senior tallied 19
points in both games against Montana State and also scored seven with
eight assists against Montana.
Arinze Anoruo keeps on rolling. While the junior does nothing flashy,
he has produced a team-leading five double-doubles this year. Anoruo
added to his tally against Montana with 10 points and 12 rebounds
against the Griz. The South San Francisco, Calif., native padded his
lead as the Big Sky's top offensive rebounder with six offensive
Four of Sacramento State's last seven losses have come by less than
five points. The Hornets lost to UC Riverside by one, at Portland
State by four, vs. Idaho State by four and against Montana by one.
The team has also led or been tied with less than 10 minutes to play
in 10 of its last 12 games including the matchup at Montana State on
Jim Brewer, Jr. returned to the lineup after missing the Montana game
due to bronchitis...Brewer was the fifth Hornet player to miss a game
to due injury/health this season...freshman Tony Champion doubled his
previous career high with eight points at MSU...Champion also grabbed
a career high five rebounds in just nine minutes of action...Anouro
had his three-game streak of 10-plus points snapped when he tallied
just four on Thursday.
A Look at the Last Meeting
Weber State opened an 11-point lead in the first half and then
overcame a one-point deficit in the second period en route to an
81-70 victory over Sacramento State on January 11.
Sophomore guard Jermaine Boyette was a key to WSU's success. Boyette
scored 26 points after shooting 7-of-13 from the floor and 12-of-15
from the free throw line. He was joined in double figures by Damon
King and sophomore Patrick Danley with 11 each. Danley also paced
Weber State on the glass with a game-high 16 rebounds.
Sacramento State attempted to answer with the inside play of senior
Rickie Glenn. The forward was 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-10 from
the line for 25 points.
Weber State led, 24-13, with 7:10 to play in the opening period. From
that point, the Hornets went on a 20-10 run, including Troy Selvey's
tip-in at the buzzer, and trailed by one at intermission.
Sacramento State opened the second half with a three-point play by
Glenn and led, 36-34, with 19:36 left. The Wildcats responded by
building a six-point lead on three occasions before the Hornets
rallied again. Behind a pair of baskets by Glenn and a three-pointer
by Rene Jacques, Sacramento State built a 52-51 lead with just under
10 minutes to play in the game.
Weber State battled back and made the most of its opportunities from
the charity stripe and second-chance points. The Wildcats made
29-of-43 free throws in the game and collected 13 offensive rebounds
on way to a 42-35 total advantage on the glass.
A Look at the WildcatsIncluding its 85-71 win over Portland State last week, Weber State
is now 8-3 at home this season.Sophomore Jermaine Boyette continues to pace his way to the Big Sky
Newcomer of the Year Award. Boyette leads the team with 13.3 points,
4.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game.Stephan Bachmann has been WSU's hot man of late. Bachmann is
averaging 12.7 points over the past three games. Bachmann tallied 10
against Eastern Washington, 16 vs. Portland State and 12 at Montana.
He also grabbed 4.7 rebounds during those games.
Weber State has never lost to the Hornets and owns a 11-0 lead in the
all-time series. The Wildcats also dominate Sacramento State at the
Dee Events Center, winning by an average of 31.85 points in the past
Who's Up Next
Sacramento State returns home for its final two home games of the
season. The Hornets face Portland State on Thursday, Feb. 22, before
hosting Eastern Washington on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Big Sky Notes
Eastern Washington's Jamal Jones and Northern Arizona's Cory Schwab
were named co-Big Sky Players of the Week. Jones scored a career-high
19 points to lead EWU to an 81-70 win at Weber State. Schwab scored
26 points with seven threes in the team's win at Idaho State.