SACRAMENTO — Senior guard Marcus Graves was named the Big Sky Conference's Player of the Week after the guard led Sacramento State to a 2-0 record with both victories coming against Big West Conference schools. That included a 58-55 win against UC Davis at the Golden 1 Center, and an 87-82 overtime victory against Cal State Fullerton at the Nest.
Graves finished the week with averages of 16.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game. He was two assists shy of his second triple-double of the season against Fullerton, and played at least 34 minutes in both games. Despite being a six-foot guard, the team co-captain now leads the Big Sky in rebounds (9.3 rpg), assists (9.0 apg) steals (3.3 spg) and minutes (36.3) per game this season.
The weekly honor is the second in Graves' career as he was also Big Sky Player of the Week on Nov. 17, 2015. The award is the first of the year by a Sacramento State player. The Hornets are 3-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 squad won the first four games of the season.
In the win over Cal State Fullerton, Graves finished with game highs in points (22), rebounds (12) and assists (8). He converted on six made field goals, was 10-for-14 from the free throw line, and six of his 22 points came in overtime. Graves had 19 points after halftime.
In the victory over rival UC Davis, Graves had 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals in 34 minutes. It was his bucket with 11 seconds remaining that gave the Hornets the lead for good at 56-55. Both the assists and steals were game highs, and he played the final eight minutes of the contest with four fouls.
UC Davis is the defending Big West regular season champion, and Cal State Fullerton is the defending Big West Tournament champion and NCAA Tournament participant.
Fresh off missing an entire season because of back surgery, Graves has been incredible thus far. He is currently averaging 15.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 3.3 steals and 36.3 minutes per game. He already has one triple-double (against Simpson) and one double-double (vs. Cal State Fullerton). The performance against Simpson was the first triple-double in program history (1948-pres.). He is the only player in the nation standing below 6-foot-5 inches that is averaging more than nine boards per game.
Sacramento State will play a pair of road games this week against two more Big West schools. That includes a matchup on Thursday at UC Santa Barbara and Saturday at CSUN. Both games will start at 7 p.m.
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