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After nine non-conference games, Sacramento State (4-5) will finally open Big Sky Conference play on Thursday at Montana State (5-6)…tip-off at Worthington Arena is set for 6:05 p.m. PST…the Hornets will open the 20-game league schedule with four straight road contests, including a Saturday evening tilt against Montana in Missoula…the Hornets have improved their conference record every year of head coach Brian Katz's tenure with the team: 1-15 in 2008-09, 3-13 in 2009-10, 4-12 in 2010-11, 5-11 in 2011-12, and 8-12 last season…the top seven teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky's postseason event, and the Hornets finished in a three-way tie for sixth last year, but missed out on the playoffs because of a tiebreaker…last season, Sacramento State opened the Big Sky season with a 62-57 home win against Montana State, snapping a six-game losing streak in conference openers…since joining the Big Sky in 1996-97, the Hornets are 4-13 in their Big Sky openers, and 0-7 when those openers come on the road…Sacramento State is coming off Sunday's 69-67 home win over UC Riverside in which a pair of Dylan Garrity free throws with eight seconds remaining delivered the win…the Hornets are 1-4 on the road this season with the lone victory coming at rival UC Davis on Nov. 26…Thursday will mark the first time in 10 days that Montana State has played a game as the team's last contest was a 70-55 loss at UTEP on Dec. 23…the Hornets are 15-26 all-time against Montana State, including a 5-17 mark when playing in Bozeman…in a series that includes an abundance of close games, the Hornets have won just once in Bozeman over the last seven years, and that came in a 74-71 win during the 2010-11 season…one of those losses in Bozeman came in last year's regular season finale which eliminated the Hornets from Big Sky Tournament contention and prevented the team from finishing with its first overall record above .500 during the Div. I era…like every game the rest of the season, Thursday's contest can be seen live and free on www.WatchBigSky.com…the game can also 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 the game...live stats for the game are available via www.msubobcats.com.
557 AND COUNTING
Sacramento State has converted at least one three-pointer in 557 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.
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.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HALF MAKES
Through the first nine games of the season, Sacramento State has been a much different team in the first half compared to the second half. In fact, the team has outscored the opposition by an average of 3.1 points in the first half compared to being outscored by more than six points (6.1 ppg) in the second half. The second half slump has been most evident in the team's last two games when the Hornets squandered an eight-point halftime lead in a loss at Cal State Fullerton and nearly squandered a 10-point halftime lead in the two-point home victory against UC Riverside on Sunday.
FOULS ON THE RISE
Last May, the NCAA men's basketball rules committee voted on changes intended to cut down the amount of physical play and encourage a more open style of play. The NCAA warned that more fouls would likely be called. In Sacramento State's case, that has certainly rang true. Through nine games, the Hornets have been whistled for 202 fouls, or 22.4 per contest. In comparison, last year's team finished the season with an average of 16.0 fouls per game. Sacramento State has now committed at least 22 fouls in six consecutive games. A Hornet has fouled out of a game nine times already this season after finishing with six foul outs in 29 games last year.
FREE THROW ATTEMPT DISPARITY
With the Hornets averaging more than 22 fouls per game, the opponents have taken advantage, going to the free throw line a ridiculous 251 times. That breaks down to a robust 27.9 free throw attempts per game, which is partially to blame for the Hornets' 4-5 record. Opponents have shot at least 20 free throws in all but one game, and at least 29 freebies on five occasions. The opposition has attempted 89 more free throws (251-162) and converted 50 more of those freebies (164-119) than Sacramento State.
PRODUCTION FROM THE NEWCOMERS
Over the last three games, the production from Hornet newcomers has spiked considerably. During that three-game stretch, Sacramento State's primary newcomers Alex Tiffin, Zach Mills, Eric Stuteville, Nick Hornsby and Case Rada have combined to average 26.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 76.3 minutes per game. This comes after that fivesome combined for 15.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 58.3 minutes during the first six games.
Sacramento State is 4-0 when outrebounding the opposition, and 0-5 when being outrebounded. The Hornets are also 4-0 when scoring at least 69 points in a game, and have won all four games in which they had a lead with five minutes to play.
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.
IN SHARP CONTRAST
Sacramento State's offensive production of 63.4 points per game ranks 10th in the Big Sky and 325th in the nation out of 345 Div. I teams. However, defensively, the Hornets are allowing just 66.4 points per contest, which ranks tied for second in the Big Sky and 85th in the nation. Last season, Sacramento State allowed opponents 65.7 points per game, the best mark for the program in over 40 years.
As far as a starting lineup goes, one thing is pretty certain....head coach Brian Katz will start Dylan Garrity at point guard, Mikh McKinney at shooting guard, Cody Demps at swingman and Alex Tiffin in the post. Junior Zach Mills has garnered the start at forward each of the last three games while four other players have started in that spot comprised of
Joey Quigley (3 times), center Eric Stuteville (2), and forward Jordan Salley (1).
Junior point guard Dylan Garrity, who has been the Hornets' starting point guard the moment he stepped foot on campus two and a half years ago, continues to impress. Already fourth in school history in career assists (363), Garrity has increased his scoring average from 8.1 ppg as a freshman, to 11.6 ppg as a sophomore, and currently 12.2 ppg this season. He is shooting .449 (22-49) from beyond the 3-point line, and averaging 2.4 makes per game, both the third best marks in the Big Sky. Most impressive, however, is the fact he's turned the ball over just nine times in 282 minutes (one every 31.3 minutes) despite playing a highly demanding position. His 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is currently the best mark in the Big Sky and 28th best in the nation.
STAT SHEET STUFFING McKINNEY
Junior shooting guard Mikh McKinney, who shares the team captain duties with Dylan Garrity, is currently averaging 14.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game while shooting .444 (44-99) from the field and .941 (32-34) from the free throw line. He has scored in double figures in all but one game, including a season-best 25 points at UC Davis, and 22 more at UTEP. The Union City, Calif., native has started all 38 games during his Sacramento State career after transferring from Ohlone College. He has scored in double figures in 27 of those games. That includes his current streak of six straight games with double figures in points. Overall, his .941 free throw percentage this year is easily the best mark in the Big Sky and fourth best in the nation.
BIG STRIDES FOR DEMPS
Last season as a true freshman, swingman Cody Demps averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.8 minutes of playing time. What a difference a year makes. This season, Demps is not only getting bigger minutes (26.6 per game), he is making the most of the added playing time, averaging 7.1 points and a team-high 4.2 rebounds per game. All of this despite fouling out of four games this season, including a streak of three foul outs in the last four contests.
After going 1 for his first 10 from beyond the 3-point line, sophomore Case Rada has buried 3 of his last 5 attempts from distance spanning the last three games…10 of junior Joey Quigley's 23 rebounds have come on the offensive end. Despite averaging just 12.1 minutes per game, his 10 offensive rebounds are second most on the team…junior forward Zach Mills has started the last three games and is averaging 23.0 minutes over that stretch after averaging just 11.0 minutes the first six games of the year…junior Jordan Salley is 1 for his last 6 from the field, lowering his team-high field goal percentage to .588…freshman Nick Hornsby has pulled 15 rebounds in the last two games after combining to grab 13 rebounds his first six games…over the last three games, junior Alex Tiffin is averaging 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds on .619 shooting (13-21) from the field.
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