Complete Game Notes (25 pages) - pdf
Sacramento State (2-2) will play at home for the first time in nearly a month when the team hosts UC Irvine (4-3) on Saturday evening…tip-off at The Nest is 7:05 p.m…the Hornets concluded a three-game road trip on Tuesday with a 73-67 victory over rival UC Davis…including the Hornets' season-opening win over UC Santa Cruz, Sacramento State is 11-4 at home dating back to last year…the Hornets will be playing a UC Irvine squad that features three players standing seven feet or taller on the roster…that includes 7-foot-6, 290-pound Mamadou Ndiaye, who, come Saturday, will be the tallest individual to ever step foot in The Nest, which was built in 1955…Sacramento State and UC Irvine have played each other just three times with the Hornets owning a 2-1 advantage…that includes a 1-0 record at home, 1-0 at a neutral site, and 0-1 on the road…the teams' last meeting was Dec. 4, 2004, an 81-69 Anteater victory in Irvine…the home win came in a 64-56 victory during the 2003-04 season…the Hornets' 73 points on Tuesday matched a season best after an offensive rut that saw the team score 66 and 50 points, respectively, against CSU Bakersfield and UCLA…the team set season highs in 3-point field goal percentage (.529) and free throw percentage (.833) at UC Davis…Saturday evening's game can be heard over the airwaves on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer and on the internet at www.hornetsports.com with 17th year play-by-play announcer Steve McElroy calling all the action…like every home game, and each road game played in a Big Sky venue, Saturday's contest can be seen live and free on www.WatchBigSky.com…live stats for the game are available at www.hornetsports.com…Saturday's game is the first of just five non-conference contests remaining on the schedule before the Big Sky opener at Montana State on Jan. 2.
MULTIMEDIA COVERAGE OF THE GAME
For the sixth straight year, all of Sacramento State's home games and any game played in a Big Sky Conference venue will be aired live and free via video stream at www.WatchBigSky.com. Fans only have to register for an account, and the games are free to watch. In addition, all games will be broadcast live over the airwaves on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer and online at www.hornetsports.com with 17th-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling all the action. Live stats will be offered for every home game via www.hornetsports.com as well.
MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Though last year's Big Sky Conference record isn't glaring, Sacramento State has improved its league record each of the last four years. The Hornets went 8-12 last season against Big Sky teams, improving upon a 5-11 record in 2011-12, 4-12 in 2010-11, 3-13 in 2009-10, and 1-15 in 2008-09. Last year's 8-12 conference record also included four heartbreaking one-point losses.
552 AND COUNTING
Sacramento State has converted at least one three-pointer in 552 straight games. It has been over 20 years since the Hornets failed to convert a three ball. The last time the program was blanked from beyond the arc came on Nov. 28, 1993, when the Hornets went 0-for-6 in a loss on the road at Montana State.
GETTING IT GOING FROM DISTANCE
Entering the UC Davis game, Sacramento State was shooting just .286 (18-63) from the 3-point line and hadn't shot better than .350 from distance in each of the first three games. However, that all changed against UC Davis when the Hornets went 9-of-17 (.529) from distance in an eventual 73-67 win. Dylan Garrity (13-of-28, .464) remains the only Hornet with more than five three-pointers made this season.
CLUTCH FREE THROW SHOOTING
Sacramento State went 10-for-10 from the free throw line during the final 28 seconds of Tuesday's 73-67 victory at UC Davis. On three occasions during the waning moments of the game, the Aggies cut the Hornet lead to two points only to see Sacramento State answer with a pair of free throws. The clutch performance from the line was a little surprising considering the Hornets entered the game at just .646 (31-48) from the line. Sacramento State finished the game shooting .833 (20-of-24) from the charity stripe.
NEW CONTRACT FOR COACH KATZ
Head coach Brian Katz is currently in his sixth season with the program in 2013-14, received a new five-year contract in July, lengthening his tenure as the Hornets' head coach through at least the 2017-18 season.
Academically, of the 18 Hornets that have expired their eligibility under head coach Brian Katz, 14 have graduated, and three more are on pace to graduate during the 2013-14 academic year.
FOULS ON THE DECLINE
Though Sacramento State is averaging 20 fouls per game, and has already seen four players foul out of games this season, the team is getting better at staying away from contact. The team's number of fouls has dropped each game from 24, 20, 19, and finally 17 against UC Davis. The Aggies went to the free throw line 15 times in that game, easily the lowest figures by a Hornet opponent thus far.
Sacramento State went 10-4 at home last season, the program's most wins inside the Nest in eight years, and tied for the most during the Div. I era (1991-pres.). Including the team's season-opening win, the Hornets are now 11-4 inside the friendly confines dating back to last year, and over that 15-game span, are averaging nearly 70 points per contest (69.7).
GARRITY AVERAGING BIG NUMBERS THUS FAR
Junior point guard Dylan Garrity, who has been the Hornets' starting point guard the moment he stepped foot on campus two years ago, continues to impress. Already fourth in school history in assists (350), Garrity has increased his scoring average from 8.1 ppg as a freshman, to 11.6 ppg as a sophomore, and currently 15.3 ppg this season. He is shooting a very proficient .457 (21-46) from the field, .464 (13-28) from the 3-point line, and has a robust .605 true shooting percentage. He is third in the Big Sky averaging 36.0 minutes per contest, and despite the high amount of minutes and demand on the point guard position, has turned the ball over just five times all year. That breaks down to a miniscule one turnover every 28.8 minutes.
McKINNEY COMES UP LARGE IN RIVALRY GAME
Junior shooting guard Mikh McKinney, who shares the team captain duties with Dylan Garrity, picked a great time to have his best game of the season, dropping in a season-best 25 points against arch rival UC Davis. McKinney has started all 33 games the Hornets have played dating back to last year, and is averaging 12.5 ppg during his career. That includes 14.3 ppg this season, scoring in double figures in three of the four games thus far. McKinney is shooting .947 (18-19) from the free throw line this season, which ranks among the top 25 players in the nation in that statistic.
DEMPS PLAYING BIG MINUTES
After fouling out in just eight minutes in the season opener, true sophomore swingman Cody Demps has played 39, 38 minutes and 35 minutes, respectively, over the last three games. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Demps is leading the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and is tied for fourth in scoring (6.0 ppg). His 11 points at UC Davis were a season best, and his average of 30.0 minutes per game is the second highest mark on the squad.
THE PROFICIENT SALLEY
Over his last 20 games dating back to last season, senior forward Jordan Salley is shooting a ridiculous .740 (35-of-47) from the field. He finished last season by going 22-of-29 over his final 16 games, and is currently 13-for-18 (.722) this season. The athletic Salley will often jump higher than his defender to set up a clean midair look at the basket. After averaging just 8.0 minutes the first three games this season, he played a career-high 30 minutes at UC Davis where he responded with 11 points. Despite averaging just 13.5 minutes per game thus far, he is third on the team with 7.5 points per game, and is averaging a team-high one point every 1.8 minutes on the floor.
MILLS GETS IN GOING
Junior swingman Zach Mills figured to be a fixture in the Hornets' rotation prior to the season. However, the transfer from Irvine Valley College had scored just seven points in a combined 23 minutes over the first three games. Mills got it going, and then some, against UC Davis where he finished with 10 points (3-of-4 shooting) and a team-high seven rebounds in 23 minutes. None of those 10 points were bigger than the pair of free throws he connected with 28 seconds left to put the Hornets back up four points. Mills has a team-high true shooting percentage of .790. True shooting percentage takes into account field goals, 3-pointers and free throws.
Head coach Brian Katz has started Dylan Garrity at point guard, Mikh McKinney at shooting guard, Cody Demps at swingman and Alex Tiffin in the post of all four games thus far…true freshman center Eric Stuteville, who checks in at 6-foot-11 and 240 pounds, could be called on to help guard UC Irvine's 7-foot-6 big man Mamadou Ndiaye…Jordan Salley leads the Hornets in both charges drawn (3) and dunks (3)…sophomore shooting guard Dreon Barlett knocked down the biggest 3-pointers of his career on back-to-back possessions late in the second half to give the Hornets a 56-50 lead over UC Davis…Barlett is now shooting .450 (9-20) for his career from beyond the arc…senior forward Joey Quigley returned from a groin injury that forced him to miss the UCLA game, but played just six minutes at UC Davis on Tuesday…the Hornets' victory at UC Davis allowed the team to avoid its first three-game losing streak since the 2011-12 season.
May 23, 2014 HORNET HOOPS GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR MONDAY, JUNE 9
April 28, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS TO HOST SEASON WRAPUP/SIGNING PARTY ON MAY 8
March 10, 2014 TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR BIG SKY MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
February 28, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD GAME SATURDAY AT IDAHO ST.
February 27, 2014 WINNING STREAK SNAPPED, MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT WEBER STATE, 79-67
February 26, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO WEBER STATE ON THURSDAY, SEEKS 4TH STRAIGHT WIN
February 24, 2014 VOTE GARRITY’S 75-FOOT SHOT FOR GEICO PLAY OF THE YEAR
February 24, 2014 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR A SECOND TIME
February 22, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES TO ROLL AFTER CRUSHING NORTHERN COLORADO
February 21, 2014 FREE WHITEOUT SHIRTS TO THE FIRST 500 FANS AT SATURDAY’S HOOPS GAME
February 21, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT HOME WIN SATURDAY VS. NORTHERN COLO.
February 19, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 6TH STRAIGHT HOME WIN THURSDAY VS. NORTH DAKOTA
February 14, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO PORTLAND STATE ON SATURDAY
February 13, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL HAS WINNING STREAK SNAPPED AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 12, 2014 WINNERS OF FOUR STRAIGHT, MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 10, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS BEATS SOUTHERN UTAH, COMPLETES HOMESTAND WITH 4-0 RECORD
February 9, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 4TH STRAIGHT WIN, HOSTS SOUTHERN UTAH ON MONDAY
February 6, 2014 WINNING STREAK AT THREE AFTER MEN’S HOOPS DISMANTLES NAU, 87-70
February 5, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME THURSDAY NIGHT VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA
February 3, 2014 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
January 31, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL’S SIXTH-ANNUAL ALUMNI GAMES TAKE PLACE SATURDAY
January 31, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS HOST BIG SKY-LEADING WEBER STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 29, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS LONG HOMESTAND THURSDAY VS. IDAHO STATE
January 25, 2014 BIG DISPARITIES HURT IN MEN’S HOOPS LOSS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
January 24, 2014 ROAD WEARY MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT NORTHERN COLORADO ON SATURDAY
January 23, 2014 NORTH DAKOTA USES LATE RUN TO BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
January 21, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK ON THE ROAD THURSDAY AT NORTH DAKOTA
January 18, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL KNOCKS OFF EASTERN WASHINGTON AT HOME, 75-64
January 17, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS EASTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 15, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS FINALLY RETURNS HOME, HOSTS PORTLAND STATE ON THURSDAY
January 11, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS CRUSHES SOUTHERN UTAH, ENDS ROAD TRIP IN A BIG WAY
January 10, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS ROAD TRIP COMES TO AN END SATURDAY AT SOUTHERN UTAH
January 8, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS CONTINUES ROAD TRIP THURSDAY AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
January 2, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS BIG SKY OPENER AT MONTANA STATE
December 31, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY THURSDAY AT MONTANA STATE
December 29, 2013 LATE FREE THROWS HELP DELIVER 69-67 MEN’S HOOPS WIN OVER UC RIVERSIDE
December 27, 2013 AFTER LONG LAYOFF, MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UC RIVERSIDE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
December 21, 2013 BIG SECOND HALF FUELS CAL STATE FULLERTON TO VICTORY OVER MEN’S HOOPS
December 19, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS AT CAL STATE FULLERTON ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
December 14, 2013 MEN’S HOOPS CRUISES TO 85-54 WIN OVER WILLIAM JESSUP
December 12, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS WILLIAM JESSUP ON SATURDAY AT 7 P.M.
December 7, 2013 UTEP USES HEALTHY FREE THROW ADVANTAGE TO BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
December 4, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EL PASO FOR FIRST EVER MEETING WITH UTEP
November 30, 2013 UC IRVINE USES BIG SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 29, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS UC IRVINE SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 P.M.
November 26, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL COMES THROUGH WITH CLUTCH WIN AT UC DAVIS, 73-67
November 25, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS AND UC DAVIS TO PLAY FOR THE 112TH TIME ON TUESDAY
November 18, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO #22 UCLA
November 15, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO #24 UCLA ON MONDAY
November 13, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL FORWARD JUSTIN STRINGS
November 13, 2013 BAKERSFIELD HOT FROM DISTANCE IN 74-66 WIN OVER MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 12, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS ROAD TRIP WEDNESDAY AT CSU BAKERSFIELD
November 8, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL BEATS UC SANTA CRUZ, 73-43, IN SEASON OPENER
November 6, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL GETS UNDERWAY FRIDAY NIGHT VS. UC SANTA CRUZ
November 5, 2013 2013-14 MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
October 28, 2013 2013-14 MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON OUTLOOK
October 17, 2013 BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES AND MEDIA PRESEASON POLLS RELEASED
September 24, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON COMING FAST, FIRST OFFICIAL PRACTICE ON FRIDAY
July 23, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES ITS 2013-14 SCHEDULE