MEN'S HOOPS FINISHES BRIEF ROAD TRIP SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT EASTERN WASHINGTON

MEN'S HOOPS FINISHES BRIEF ROAD TRIP SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT EASTERN WASHINGTON

Full set of game notes (25 pages) - pdf
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GAME PREVIEW

• Fresh off a gut wrenching one-point loss at Idaho on Thursday night, Sacramento State (4-11, 1-1) will conclude its brief road trip on Saturday afternoon at Eastern Washington (7-9, 2-1). Tip-off at Reese Court is set for 2:05 p.m.
• On Thursday, Sacramento State held a late 11-point lead, but Idaho finished the final 7:27 of the game on a 15-3 run to win, 69-68. The Hornets missed 12 of their final 13 field goal attempts, including two misses on the final possession.
• The Hornets were inches away from starting the Big Sky season with a 2-0 record for just the third time since joining the league in 1996.
• Six of the Hornets' last 10 games have been decided by five points or less (including four of the last five), and Sacramento State is 2-4 in those outcomes.
• The Hornets are still searching for their first win away from home, which includes an 0-6 mark on the road and an 0-4 neutral site record.
• Dating back to last year, Sacramento State has lost seven straight road games.
•  The Hornets have played the entire season without senior guard and team co-captain Marcus Graves (back) who had started 62 straight games. One of the team's best players, Graves averaged 13.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game a year ago.
• Sacramento State has scored at least 68 points in four straight games after doing so just once during its first nine games against a Div. I opponent.
• Eastern Washington is guided by first year head coach Shantay Legans. The Eagles have won two straight, including a 77-64 road win at North Dakota and Thursday's 81-74 home victory against Portland State.
• The Eagles are led by senior swingman Bogdan Bliznyuk who is third in the Big Sky with 19.5 points per game on .495 shooting. No other Eagle is averaging more than 9.1 points per game as Bliznyuk accounts for over 25 percent of the team's offensive production.
• Sacramento State is 14-33 vs. Eastern Washington, and 3-20 when playing in Cheney.
• Overall, the Hornets have dropped six straight to the Eagles, which includes Big Sky Tournament losses last season and in 2015. Of those six losses, four came by eight points or less. Sacramento State's last win in the series came at home (90-77) on Jan. 17, 2015.
• The Hornets' last win in Cheney came on Jan. 12, 2013, at 60-53 victory. Since then, the Eagles have won four straight home games against Sacramento State.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Free video streams will be provided for every game (home or away) the rest of the season at www.WatchBigSky.com.
• Every game this year will be broadcast live on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer with 21st-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling all the action.
• Fans outside the Sacramento area can listen to all games via www.hornetsports.com. The game can be found by clicking here.
• Links for all multimedia options, including live stats, can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

For Sacramento State's complete set of game notes, please click here.