MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO MISSOULA ON SATURDAY FOR MATCHUP AT MONTANA
• Sacramento State Game Notes (26 pages)
• Montana Game Notes
• Big Sky Conference standings
Sacramento State (4-6, 0-1) will play its second game of the Big Sky Conference portion of the schedule on Saturday evening in Missoula against Montana (5-5, 0-1)…tip-off at Dahlberg Arena is set for 6:05 p.m. PST…the Hornets opened Big Sky play on Thursday by falling at Montana State, 70-55…Sacramento State is in the midst of a four-game road trip to begin the conference season…the Hornets are looking to improve upon their conference record for the fifth straight season (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)…Sacramento State is 1-5 on the road this year and has dropped three straight on the road after its lone victory away from home on Nov. 26 at rival UC Davis…the Hornets are 4-0 when scoring at least 69 points, and 0-6 when scoring under that amount…Sacramento State's back court of shooting guard Mikh McKinney (13.8 ppg) and point guard Dylan Garrity (12.1 ppg) combine to average better than 41 percent (.414) of the team's offensive production…Montana is the defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champions, and was the league's 2013 NCAA Tournament participant…the Grizzlies, who shoot .477 from the field this year, are led by reigning Big Sky MVP Kareem Jamar who averages 19.8 points per game…Montana opened its conference season on Thursday by falling at home to Northern Arizona by a 73-65 score…amazingly, that marked the first home loss for Montana against a Big Sky team in over three years, a span of 31 straight home victories in league games…Montana is 3-2 at home this season, including a one-point non-conference loss to San Francisco in November…Montana owns a commanding 34-5 record in the all-time series with Sacramento State, and has won the last 13 meetings between the two teams…Sacramento State's last victory over Montana (80-72) came at home on Jan. 4, 2007…the Hornets have dropped 10 straight in Missoula with the last win coming in a Big Sky Tournament quarterfinal game on March 8, 2003…like every game the rest of the season, Saturday'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.gogriz.com.
For Sacramento State's complete set of game notes, click on the link above the story.