A Brief Preview
The Sacramento State men's basketball team will play the first of its
final two games of the season this Thursday, March 1, when it travels
The Hornets enter the game with a 5-20 overall record and a 2-12 mark
in the Big Sky Conference. Sacramento State split a pair of games
last week recording a 77-60 win over Portland State before losing to
Eastern Washington, 80-68.
Montana is currently 10-16 overall and 5-10 in the Big Sky. The
Grizzlies, who won the regular season Big Sky title last season,
currently sit in eighth place.
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 5-20
Montana is coached by Don Holst. In his third year with the Griz,
Holst has posted a 40-41 overall record.
*A Look at the Latest Action
Four Eastern Washington players scored in double-figures led by Jamal
Jones' 18 to help lead the Eagles to an 80-68 victory over Sacramento
State Saturday night at Hornet Gym.
The Eagles led 63-60 with 4:49 left on the clock but were able to
extend their advantage by making 10-consecutive free throws. Helping
EWU's cause was a controversial flagrant foul against Derek Lambeth
and a technical foul which was levied against the Sacramento State
bench in the final two minutes of the game.
Eastern Washington jumped to an early lead in the first half and led
by as many as eight points (14-6, 14:02) before Sacramento State
battled back to tie the game, 18-18. The Eagles then pushed the lead
back to 11 points with 2:30 left in the period but the Hornets ended
the half on an 8-0 run to trail by only three at intermission.
Sacramento State opened the second period with a jumper by Pablo
Gonzales to pull within one but EWU responded with a 10-4 run to lead
by seven, 42-35. The Hornets pulled back within two on a tip-in by
Gonzales with 14:05 left in the contest but could never pull closer.
Jones was joined in double figures by Aaron Olson (15), Chris White
(13) and Jason Humbert (11). White also completed a double-double
with a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Hornets were led by a career-high from Rame Batta. The senior was
10-for-14 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the line for 22 points.
Fellow seniors Pablo Gonzales (16) and Rickie Glenn also scored more
than 10 points for Sacramento State. Glenn paced the team with seven
A Look at the HornetsBatta on a Roll
Senior Rame Batta closed out his home playing career with two strong
performances. Batta scored 18 points, grabbed two rebounds and dished
out six assists in the team's win over Portland State. He then poured
in a career-high 22 points against Eastern Washington on Saturday.
Climbing the Charts
Rickie Glenn's 15-point effort on Saturday lifted him two more spots
on the single-season scoring list. The forward now has 382 points
this season which ranks as the third-highest total since the program
moved to Div. I in 1991-92. The Sacramento, Calif., native needs just
15 points over the final two games to move onto the all-time single
The current Div. I scoring record is held by Charlo Davis who scored
505 points in 1991-92. Alex Williams owns the all-time record with
767 points in 1987-88.
Pablo Gonzales is also moving up the scoring list. The guard/forward
is tied for sixth on the Div. I single-season list with 363 points.
Rame Batta currently ranks second in the Div. I-era with 54 steals.
The Sacramento, Calif., native trails his own mark of 57, which was
set last season.
Starting to Heat Up
It has taken nearly the entire season, but Sacramento State has
finally begun to shoot the ball well from the floor. Over the past
three games, the Hornets are shooting 49.4 percent (82-166) from the
The team began the streak by going 30-for-60 at Weber State. It then
shot 25-for-57 in the win against Portland State and followed that
mark with a 27-for-49 performance against Eastern Washington.
The 55.1 percent against EWU mark the highest field goal percentage
the team has had this season and is just one of three games in which
the Hornets shot above 50 percent.
Up and Down
While the team's overall shooting has been improved, its three-point
percentage has been anything but consistent. The Hornets shot 55.6
percent on a season-best 10-of-18 from long range against Portland
State but then went a dismal 1-for-8 against Montana. The one trey
tied a season-low.
With one more win this season, Sacramento State will equal its Big
Sky win total from each of the past two seasons. The Hornets recorded
3-13 conference records in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. The team currently
stands at 2-11 with two games left. However, both are on the road
where Sacramento State has lost 30-straight Big Sky games.
Derek Lambeth had his seven-game scoring streak snapped when he was
held scoreless against Montana...Glenn has scored double-figures in
11 of the last 12 games he played...Gonzales has cracked 10 points in
nine of the last 10 games...Arinze Anoruo has not started the last
two games in an effort to spark the team's stagnant bench
play...Glenn has averaged 19.2 points and 7.4 rebounds over the past
A Look at the Last Meeting
Ryan Slider scored on a put-back layup with three seconds to play to
lift Montana to a 67-66 men's basketball victory over Sacramento
State Feb. 8, at Hornet Gym.
Trailing by one with 15 seconds to play, Montana worked the ball to
Kyle Keyes who attempted a three-pointer which clanked off the front
iron. Slider was able to gain position on two Hornet defenders and
converted the layup to give UM the lead.
Sacramento State led for the majority of the first half until the
Griz went on a 9-1 run to end the period with a 31-25 edge.
The Hornets opened the second half with a free throw by Arinze
Anoruo, a jumper by Rickie Glenn and a layup by Derek Lambeth to pull
within one. Rene Jacques eventually evened the score, 41-41, with a
three-pointer at the 13:21 mark. Rame Batta gave the team its first
lead (48-47) since late in the first half with 10:45 to play.
Dan Trammel returned the lead to the Grizzlies with a basket, a pair
of free throws and a tip-in. Travis Greenwalt then stretched the
Montana lead to seven points with a jumper at 7:16. Batta made a pair
of free throws and Anoruo scored on a layup to pull the Hornets
within three. Montana pushed its edge to five before Batta made
another free throw, Glenn scored on a layup and Pablo Gonzales
knocked down a three to tie the score, 63-63, with 1:11 left.
Slider continued to dominate the final minutes with a bucket with 37
seconds left but Gonzales responded with a three pointer to give
Sacramento State a 66-65 lead with 18 seconds left.
Sacramento State was paced by Rickie Glenn's 18 points. Anoruo
recorded his team-leading fifth double-double of the year with 10
points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
A Look at the GrizzliesAfter winning three-straight games, Montana has lost its last three
contests. The Grizzlies fell at Cal State Northridge, 92-68, and at
Northern Arizona, 77-66, last week. UM, however, is 9-5 at home this
season including a 4-3 record against Big Sky opponents.Junior Dan Trammel has become the team's go-to player. Trammel
leads the team in points, rebounds, blocks and steals.The one key stat to Thursday's game could be three-point shooting.
The Griz rank last in the Big Sky in three-point defense while the
Hornets are last in three-point percentage.
The SeriesMontana leads the all-time series, 12-1. The Griz have won the past
four contests and are 6-0 all-time in Missoula, Mont.
Who's Up NextSacramento State's season will come to a close on Saturday when the
team takes on Idaho State. The Bengals have won the past eight
meeting with the Hornets including a 71-67 victory at Hornet Gym
earlier this season.
Big Sky NotesCal State Northridge's Brian Heinle was named Big Sky Player of the
Week for the fifth time this season. Heinle averaged 21.1 points and
11.5 rebounds while helping lead Northridge to decisive wins over
Montana and Montana State. He currently leads the Big Sky in scoring
and rebounding and is among the top 10 in assists, steals and blocks.