SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Four Sacramento State players scored in double figures, led by sophomores
The Hornets played well all around, shooting 49.0 percent (25-51) from the field and 80.6 percent (29-36) from the free throw line while committing just 10 turnovers and posting nine steals. Sacramento State scored 19 points off 16 Bakersfield turnovers, and forced the Roadrunners into 42.4 percent shooting (28-66) from the floor. In addition, the Hornets committed just 14 fouls the entire evening, and went to the free throw line 30 more times than Bakersfield.
This was the same Roadrunner squad that beat the Hornets by three points last year in Bakersfield, and by two points in overtime in Sacramento two years ago. Tonight, the tables turned as Sacramento State led by double figures the final nine minutes of the game and opened up a lead as large 20 points late in the second half.
With the victory, Sacramento State improved to 2-0 with both wins coming by at least 18 points. The Hornets will play at Pac-12 Conference member Utah on Friday night, and will be attempting to start the season 3-0 for the first time since the 1999-00 season.
With the loss, CSU Bakersfield, which was coming off a 13-point loss at Cal three days ago, dropped to 0-3 on the young season. The win over the Roadrunners was the first for the Hornets since the 1988-89 season, snapping a streak of six straight losses.
"There are two big reasons we won this game...first off, we only committed 10 turnovers, and secondly, we had just 14 fouls," Sacramento State fifth-year head coach said. "Bakersfield really hurt us last season with their pressure, and they are good at forcing turnovers. Fortunately, we were able to neutralize that part of their game this evening."
CSUB's last lead of the night came after a Javante Maynor three-pointer gave the team a 5-3 lead with 15:53 remaining in the first half. The Hornets responded with a 7-0 run, and never trailed the rest of the way. Sacramento State would eventually take a 34-28 lead into halftime despite Maynor scoring 18 first-half points on 6-of-8 from the three-point line.
The Hornets took control of the contest midway through the second half, using a 16-2 run spanning nearly six minutes of clock to take a game-high 20-point lead (71-51) with 4:23 remaining. Four Hornets scored during the run, including five points from McKinney and four points each from Garrity and . Sacramento State buried 14 of its 16 free throw attempts during the final 2:32 to ice the victory.
McKinney's 23 points matched a game high as he finished 7-of-13 from the field, 2-of-5 from the three-point line and 7-of-7 from the free throw line while also posting five rebounds, three assists and three steals in 31 minutes. Garrity's 21 points were a career high as the sophomore point guard shot 4-of-6 from the field (including two three-pointers) and 11-of-12 from the free throw line while tallying a game-high seven assists. Garrity, who finished seventh in the nation in assists per game last season, now has 16 assists with just four turnovers this year.
Rounding out the Hornet quartet with double-figure scoring were (15 points, six rebounds and two blocks) and Carbajal (10 points, four rebounds and two steals). Dickson shot 6-of-10 from the field and is now shooting a team-high 68.8 percent (11-16) from the field this year.
Junior forward added nine points (3-of-5 shooting), a block and two steals, center had four points and six rebounds, and added three points, four rebounds and a steal in a team-best 33 minutes. Dickson, McKinney and Carbajal have each scored in double figures in both games thus far.
For Bakersfield, Maynor finished the game 8-of-16 from the field and 7-of-12 from the arc for his 23 points (just five in the second half). Adam Young (12 points, nine rebounds) and Stephon Carter (12 points, two steals) also scored in double figures for the Roadrunners.
Tonight began a stretch that will see the Hornets play three times in seven days, including a home game with rival UC Davis next Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. That game is part of a doubleheader that will see the women play at 5 p.m. (23) and (21), as the Hornets cruised to an 85-67 win over CSU Bakersfield in a non-conference men's basketball game Wednesday evening at the Nest.
June 24, 2013 DICKSON GETS SECOND WORKOUT WITH THE SACRAMENTO KINGS
May 20, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS TO HOST SIGNING PARTY ON MAY 23
February 28, 2013 WEBER STATE USES THE THREE BALL TO DEFEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL, 70-55
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
February 23, 2013 LATE VETETO BASKET GIVES MEN'S BASKETBALL A 51-50 WIN OVER UCSB
February 16, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
February 15, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO NORTHERN COLORADO ON SATURDAY
February 14, 2013 ANOTHER ONE-POINT LOSS FOR MEN’S HOOPS, THIS TIME AT NORTH DAKOTA, 49-48
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
January 17, 2013 MEN’S HOOPS LOSES IN BRUTAL FASHION AT IDAHO STATE, 60-59
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
November 9, 2012 THIS YEAR’S MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 9, 2012 MEN’S BASKETBALL OPENS SEASON WITH A 96-62 VICTORY OVER UC MERCED
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
July 6, 2012 MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES 2012-13 SCHEDULE