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MEN'S HOOPS LOOKS TO EVEN BIG SKY RECORD SATURDAY AT HOME VS. NORTHERN COLORADO

Fresh off a 67-58 home win against North Dakota on Thursday night, Sacramento State (9-8, 4-5) returns to action Saturday night when the team hosts Northern Colorado (5-12, 3-6)…tip-off at the Nest is 7:05 p.m…the Hornets beat North Dakota on Thursday despite losing their floor leader, sophomore point guard Dylan Garrity, 10 minutes before the game with a back injury suffered during pregame warmups…Garrity's status for Saturday night is questionable…back-up point guard Julian Demalleville started in his place and filled in admirably, posting career highs in assists (5), blocked shots (2), steals (2) and minutes (35) without committing a turnover…the Hornets are now 6-2 at home, and have won four of the last five inside the friendly confines…that includes a 3-1 record against Big Sky teams, with the lone loss coming by one point against Montana, who is 9-0 in league play…the team's 9-8 overall record and 4-5 conference mark are both the best records this late in the season since the 2005-06 squad was 12-5 overall and 5-4 in league…of the Hornets' nine conference games, eight have now been decided by single digits…the team's six home wins matches the most since the 2006-07 squad won eight inside the Nest (the Hornets won six at home each of the last two years)…Sacramento State finds itself in a four-way tie for fourth place with North Dakota, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah…only 2.5 games separate the third-place team (Montana State at 5-4) from the 11th-place team (Eastern Washington at 2-6) in the Big Sky standings…Northern Colorado had its two-game winning streak snapped with a 67-65 last-second loss at Northern Arizona on Thursday night…the Bears are 1-9 on the road with the lone win coming at North Dakota on Dec. 21…Northern Colorado is 9-3 all-time against Sacramento State…the Bears had won seven straight meetings in the series prior to the Hornets' 73-62 win in Greeley last season…the Hornets are 1-5 when playing the Bears in Sacramento with the lone win coming on Feb. 2, 2008, in a 74-70 victory… like every home game, Saturday'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 can be found by clicking here.

Sacramento State's complete set of game notes can be accessed by clicking on the link above the story.

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