MEN'S HOOPS WELCOMES EASTERN WASHINGTON TO THE NEST ON THURSDAY NIGHT

MEN'S HOOPS WELCOMES EASTERN WASHINGTON TO THE NEST ON THURSDAY NIGHT

Full set of game notes (pdf)
Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Fresh off a 71-61 road win last Saturday at Portland State, Sacramento State (6-15, 3-5) opens a brief two-game homestand against Eastern Washington (11-11, 6-3) on Thursday. Tip-off at the Nest is set for 7:05 p.m.
• In Saturday's victory at Portland State, the Hornets used a big second half (45-28) to secure their first road win of the season.
• That win ended a three-game road trip as Sacramento State has not played at home since an 87-68 victory against Montana State on Jan. 13.
• Thursday games have not been kind as the Hornets are 0-5 when playing on Thursday.
• Sacramento State is 5-2 at home this season, and 2-1 at home in league play. Dating back to the beginning of the 2012-13 season, the Hornets are 57-20 (.740) inside the Nest.
• The Hornets have played all season without the services of a major piece of their back court in guard Marcus Graves (back surgery) who had started 62 straight games entering the season. In addition, senior guard Jiday Ugbaja has played just six games this season, and is currently out indefinitely with a leg injury.
• Nearing the midway point of the conference season, Eastern Washington is currently tied for third in the league standings while Sacramento State is tied for eighth.
• The Eagles have won two straight and three of their last four games. Three of those games have been decided by five points or less, including a 67-65 home win over Northern Colorado last Saturday.
• Eastern Washington is 3-9 on the road, and 2-2 in league games. One of those losses came in overtime to Southern Utah (66-62) two weeks ago.
• The Eagles beat the Hornets in Cheney on Jan. 6 by an 82-67 score. In that game, EWU closed the first half on a 12-3 run and led by at least nine points the entire second half.
• The Hornets are 14-34 all-time against Eastern Washington, and have lost seven straight to the Eagles. However, only one of those seven losses has come in Sacramento. The seven games is currently the longest losing streak for the Hornets against any Big Sky team.
• The Eagles have eliminated the Hornets from the Big Sky Tournament twice in the last three years. That includes a semifinal win 2015, and a second round win last season.
• The Hornets are 11-11 when playing the Eagles at home, and have won five of the last seven meetings inside the Nest.
• Two of the top players in the Big Sky will be on hand Thursday, including Hornet senior forward Justin Strings (17.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and Eagle senior swingman Bogdan Bliznyuk (19.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg).

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.