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The game marked the lone exhibition for both teams as Sacramento State begins the regular season schedule on Friday, Nov. 9, against UC Merced at 7:05 p.m. Simpson is an NAIA school from Redding, Calif., that competes in the California Pacific Conference
All 12 players that appeared in the game for the Hornets cracked the scoring and rebounding column, and the team shot 52.8 percent (38-72) from the field, 45.5 percent (5-11) from the three-point line and 77.8 percent (7-9) from the free throw line. Sacramento State had 22 assists, including eight from point guard , and outrebounded the Red Hawks by a 51-29 margin. Of the team's 88 points, 52 came in the paint, and the Hornets turned 22 Simpson turnovers into a robust 34 points. In addition, the Hornets outscored the Red Hawks in fast break points by a 22-2 margin.
Sacramento State led from start to finish, opening the game on a 12-4 run before eventually pushing its lead to 16 points at halftime (51-35) and leading by at least 20 points the final 15:27 of the game. The team's 33-point margin of victory was also their largest lead of the night.
Five Hornet newcomers made their Sacramento State debuts tonight, highlighted by the performances of McKinney and Quigley. McKinney, who is a sophomore from Ohlone College, finished the night with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field to go along with four assists and two steals. Quigley came to the Hornets via Southwestern Illinois College, and made an immediate impression with 14 points (7-of-11 shooting) and eight rebounds. Two of those points came on an emphatic two-hand dunk that brought the crowd to their feet with seven minutes to play.
Dickson, the team's lone fourth-year senior and a three-year starter, had game highs in rebounds (9) and blocked shots (4) to go with his 13 points (6-of-8 shooting). Carbajal, who enters his third season with the program, had a game-high four steals to go with his 10 points.
Of Sacramento State's 55 rebounds, 15 came on the offensive glass which was turned into 14 second-chance points. Eight different Hornet players pulled at least four boards, including (5), (5), Garrity (4), Carbajal (4) and (4).
Sacramento State did commit 21 turnovers, but forced the Red Hawks into 33.9 percent (20-59) shooting from the field and 30.0 percent (6-20) from the three-point arc.
"Overall, I was pretty happy with the team's performance tonight," Sacramento State fifth-year head coach said. "We had to dust off some cob webs because we were sloppy at times. I think some early-season nerves and playing a little too fast with our decision making contributed to some of the turnovers, but I liked our effort."
Joining the quartet of McKinney, Quigley, Dickson and Carbajal in the scoring column for the Hornets were (eight points, three rebounds), Veteto (six points), Garrity (five points), (five points, two steals) and (three points, two assists). , Demps and Salley each had two points.
Simpson was led by Robert Frank's 14 points and three steals, and Dalton Thacker chipped in 10 points, but was forced into five turnovers.
The Hornets' regular season opener against UC Merced marks the beginning of a stretch that will see the team play four of its first six games inside the friendly confines. (18), (14), (13) and (10) combined for 55 points to help the Hornets to an 88-55 victory over Simpson in a home exhibition game Tuesday evening at The Nest.
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