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After a long layoff that has seen Sacramento State go 10 days without a game, the Hornets (5-3, 0-0) finally return to the hardwood for their Big Sky Conference opener on Wednesday when the team hosts Montana State (2-6, 0-1)…tip-off at the Nest is 7:05 p.m…the main reason for the long layoff in between games is last week was Finals Week at Sacramento State…despite dropping three of its last five games, the Hornets are entering league play at least two games above the .500 mark for the first time since the 2005-06 squad began league with a 9-5 record…that 2005-06 squad eventually reached the semifinals of the Big Sky Tournament…should the Hornets win on Wednesday, the team's 6-3 record would be its best after nine games since the 2005-06 squad was also 6-3…Sacramento State will be playing its first home game in over three weeks as the last game inside the friendly confines came via 77-68 win over Dominican on Nov. 27…the Hornets are 3-1 at home, outscoring their opponents by an average of 12.5 points per game…Sacramento State will be looking to win its Big Sky opener for the first time since 2005-06...since joining the league in 1996-97, the Hornets are 3-13 in their Big Sky opener, and 3-6 when those openers come at home…for the first time during their tenure in the Big Sky, the Hornets will play 20 league games this season with the additions of new members North Dakota and Southern Utah…the Big Sky's top scoring team at 75.8 points per game, Sacramento State shot just 31.3 percent from the field and scored a season-low 57 points in a 62-57 loss at San Jose State on Dec. 8…that loss also happens to be the last time the Hornets played…Montana State opened Big Sky play on Monday with a 87-80 loss at Northern Arizona…the Hornets are 14-25 all-time against Montana State, including a 9-9 record when the two teams play in Sacramento…the Hornets defeated the Bobcats in Sacramento last year (86-76) in a game that saw Dylan Garrity rack up a program-best 16 assists… like every home game, Wednesday's contest can be seen live and free on Big Sky TV…the game can also be heard over the airwaves in the foothills on KAHI 950 AM and on the internet at www.hornetsports.com with 16th year play-by-play announcer Steve McElroy calling all the action...live stats for the game are available via www.hornetsports.com.

For Sacramento State's complete set of game notes, click on the link above the story.

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