MEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR BEST START IN DIV. I ERA FRIDAY NIGHT AT HOME AGAINST MONTANA
After opening Big Sky Conference play with a 62-57 home win over Montana State on Wednesday night, Sacramento State (6-3, 1-0) will host Montana (5-4, 1-0) on Friday…tip-off at the Nest is 7:05 p.m…the Hornets won their league opener for the first time since the 2005-06 season and will look to start 2-0 in league play for the first time since 2005-06 (that team began the year 4-0 in league)…in addition, Sacramento State's 6-3 record matches the best mark after nine games (2005-06 squad) during the Div. I era (1991-pres.)…that 2005-06 team finished the year 15-15 overall and reached the semifinal round of the Big Sky Tournament…should Sacramento State win on Friday, the 7-3 mark would be the best record in the Div. I era (the 2005-06 squad started 6-4)…the Hornets wore their gold uniforms for the first time all season on Wednesday night, marking the first time the team has worn gold since the 2005-06 season…though the Hornets are averaging a league-best 74.2 points per game, the team is averaging just 59.5 points over its last two games…the win on Wednesday night snapped a two-game losing streak…Sacramento State is 4-1 at home while outscoring the opposition by an average of 11.0 points inside the friendly confines…after Friday night's contest, the Hornets will take the next 13 days off before returning to action Jan. 3 at Northern Arizona…by the time that game against NAU begins, the Hornets will have played just two games over a 26-day span…Montana opened Big Sky play with a 62-56 win at Northern Arizona on Wednesday night…the Grizzlies are the defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champions after finishing with a 25-7 overall record and 15-1 league mark…Montana owns a commanding 32-5 record in the all-time series with Sacramento State…the Grizzlies have won 11 straight games against the Hornets…Sacramento State's last victory over Montana (80-72) came at home on Jan. 4, 2007…like every home game, Friday'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.
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