SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Senior Rickie Glenn scored 20 points and three
other Sacramento State players scored in double figures to help lead
the Hornets to a 77-60 win over Portland State Thursday night at
The win improved Sacramento State to 5-19 overall and 2-11 in the Big
Sky Conference. The Vikings dropped to 8-16 overall and 5-8 in league
The Hornets opened the game on a 7-0 run only to see PSU rattle off
the next 11 points. Sacramento State regained the lead on a free
throw by Glenn at the 11:55 mark and never trailed for the remainder
of the game.
Portland State was able to pull within one on two occasions in the
first half - the latest (28-27) coming with 3:29 to play. Sacramento
State, however, ended the period on a 9-3 run and led 39-30 at
The Hornets opened the second half by pushing their lead to 12 points
before PSU attempted a comeback. The Vikings trimmed their deficit to
two, 49-47, with 12:34 left in the game but then allowed Sacramento
State to go on a 12-4 run to put the game out of reach.
The 17-point victory was the largest against a Big Sky opponent in
school history, surpassing the 16-point win over Montana State last
Helping the Hornets' cause was a deadly three-point attack.
Sacramento State ended the night by shooting 10-for-18 from long
range. The 55.6 percentage was the highest this season and marked the
first time this season that the team shot over 50.0 percent.
Glenn ended the night 9-of-18 from the floor. The Sacramento, Calif.,
native also pulled down eight rebounds. Joining the forward in double
figures was Rame Batta (18), Pablo Gonzales (10), and Arinze Anoruo
Batta led the team with four treys and was 6-of-9 from the field.
Gonzales struggled from the floor (1-of-11), but went 7-for-8 from
the line. The senior also led the team with eight assists and grabbed
six boards. Anoruo recorded his sixth double-double of the year with
a game-high 10 rebounds to accompany his 10 points. The junior came
off the bench and was 3-of-5 from the floor including two powerful
dunks in the second half.
Portland State was paced by a career-high from Seamus Boxley. The
forward was 8-for-13 and scored 19 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.
Sacramento State will conclude the home portion of its schedule on
Saturday when it welcomes Eastern Washington. Prior to the game,
which will start at 7 p.m., the team will honor its four seniors who
will be playing their final home contest.