The game marked the season opener for Sacramento State which plays three of its first four games at home. The Hornets won their season opener for just the third time in the last 12 years, and will attempt to go 2-0 on Wednesday at home against CSU Bakersfield.
UC Merced, which is an NAIA school and a member of the California Pacific Conference, dropped to 0-2 on the young season. Tonight marked the first-ever meeting between the Hornets and Bobcats.
In a game that featured a combined 56 fouls and 76 free throw attempts, it was the Hornets who used a huge second half in which they outscored the Bobcats, 53-27, and shot 71.4 percent (20-for-28) from the field. After leading by just eight points (43-35) at halftime, Sacramento State began the second half on an 11-3 run and led by at least 13 points the rest of the way. That included a 20-point lead or better the final nine minutes, and a game-high 36-point lead late in the second half.
Joining Dickson in double figures for the Hornets were (17 points, eight rebounds), (13 points), (12 points, six rebounds) and (11 points, six rebounds and three steals). Dickson narrowly missed his first career double-double as he had a game-high nine rebounds. Of Veteto's eight rebounds, seven came on the offensive glass.
Overall, Sacramento State shot 54.4 percent (31-57) from the field, 46.7 percent (7-15) from the three-point line and 61.4 percent (27-44) from the free throw line. The Hornets also scored 46 of their points in the paint, and held a commanding 14-0 edge in fast break points and 46-13 edge in points off the bench.
After finishing seventh in the nation last season in assists, point guard was already in midseason form with nine assists (one turnover) to go along with six points and a game-high four steals. Eleven different Sacramento State players cracked into the scoring column, including freshman , who scored eight points on 3-for-3 shooting (2-of-2 from distance) in just four minutes of play.
UC Merced finished the game shooting 33.8 percent (22-65) from the field and 26.3 percent (5-19) from the three-point line. In addition, the Hornets held a 48-41 advantage on the glass and limited the Bobcats to just nine made buckets in the second half.
Sacramento State plays twice next week, including Wednesday's home against CSU Bakersfield and a road game at Utah on Friday. The game against Utah will be televised live on the Pac-12 Network.
NOTES -- The 96 points were the most scored by the Hornets in the era (2008-pres.), and the most since dropping 104 against Simpson on Nov. 12, 2007…five different Hornets buried at least one three-pointer in tonight's game…Garrity and Eberhard played a game-high 32 minutes.
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February 26, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS BIG GAME THURSDAY NIGHT VS. WEBER STATE
February 26, 2013 WHITEOUT PLANNED FOR THURSDAY NIGHT'S MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME
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February 15, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO NORTHERN COLORADO ON SATURDAY
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February 13, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS IMPORTANT ROAD TRIP THURSDAY AT NORTH DAKOTA
February 6, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS EASTERN WASHINGTON ON THURSDAY
February 4, 2013 NORTHERN ARIZONA USES LATE RUN TO DOWN MEN’S BASKETBALL, 62-61
February 3, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS BEGINS HOMESTAND MONDAY NIGHT AGAINST NORTHERN ARIZONA
January 30, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS LOOKS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN THURSDAY AT SOUTHERN UTAH
January 23, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS BIG HOME STRETCH THURSDAY VS. NORTH DAKOTA
January 18, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS CONCLUDES ROAD TRIP SATURDAY AT WEBER STATE
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January 16, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO POCATELLO FOR THURSDAY TILT WITH IDAHO STATE
January 6, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS SOUTHERN UTAH ON MONDAY NIGHT
December 19, 2012 MEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY WITH 62-57 WIN OVER MONTANA STATE
December 12, 2012 Q&A WITH FORMER HORNET BASKETBALL PLAYER JAMEEL PUGH
December 1, 2012 ARIZONA STATE BURIES 11 THREE BALLS, DEFEATS MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 27, 2012 MEN'S BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME TONIGHT FOR GAME AGAINST DOMINICAN
November 21, 2012 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO CENTRAL ARKANSAS ON SATURDAY
November 20, 2012 POINT GUARD DYLAN GARRITY NAMED THE BIG SKY CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
November 19, 2012 TUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL’S NICK HORNSBY SIGNS WITH MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 16, 2012 MEN’S BASKETBALL UPSETS UTAH, OFF TO FIRST 3-0 START SINCE 1999-00
November 15, 2012 MEN'S HOOPS LOOKS FOR 3-0 START ON FRIDAY AT UTAH
November 15, 2012 CLARK’S CORNER TO TELEVISE FRIDAY’S MEN’S BASKETBALL’S GAME AGAINST UTAH
November 14, 2012 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS CASA ROBLE HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCT ERIC STUTEVILLE
November 12, 2012 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS CSU BAKERSFIELD ON WEDNESDAY
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November 5, 2012 2012-13 MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON OUTLOOK
October 26, 2012 MEN’S BASKETBALL 2012-13 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE
October 19, 2012 MONDAY NIGHT MADNESS KICKS OFF THE MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON TONIGHT
October 18, 2012 BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES AND MEDIA PRESEASON POLLS RELEASED
September 20, 2012 MEN’S BASKETBALL TO INDUCT 10 ALUMS INTO COACHES CIRCLE
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