Photo Courtesy ISU/Julie Hillebrant
POCATELLO, Idaho – Idaho State had four players score in double figures while the Hornets had none and the Bengals had a 55-26 rebounding advantage in a 79-60 win on Saturday in Pocatello.
Sacramento State (8-15, 4-8 Big Sky) had won four straight meetings with the Bengals but are now 1-20 all-time in Pocatello. The Hornets dropped their fourth straight game after winning four of their five prior contests while Idaho State (14-9, 8-4 Big Sky) picked up its fifth straight victory and improved to 9-2 at home this season.
The Hornets forced 21 turnovers with just five of their own, outscoring the Bengals 22-2 in points off turnovers, but Idaho State dominated the glass at both ends, pulling down 15 offensive boards to 12 for the Hornets. Sacramento State also struggled to shoot the ball for the fourth straight game, finishing 4-of-28 (14%) from 3-point range and shooting just 31% overall.
Sacramento State did not have a player score in double figures for the first time in more than eight years, since a loss to UTEP on Dec. 30, 2008. Senior Brianna Burgos and freshman Quayonna Harris led the team with 9 points apiece with each hitting one 3-pointer. The Hornets did have 11 different players score in the game.
Idaho State led for most of the game, jumping out to an early 15-5 lead. The Hornets battled back to tie the game at 24-24 early in the second quarter but the Bengals answered with a 17-2 run. Sacramento State shot 3-of-18 overall and 0-of-8 from 3-point range in the second quarter and had eight points, marking the third time in the last four games that the team scored eight points in the second quarter.
The Bengals led 43-28 at the half. The Hornets opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run to get within a seven point deficit and were down just 47-40 at the 6:50 mark of the third but a 12-2 ISU run over the next five and a half minutes ballooned the lead to 17. The home team entered the fourth quarter with a 59-46 lead and was up by at least 11 for the remainder of the contest.
The game was played more at the Hornets pace than in the loss to Weber State on Thursday, with Sacramento State attempting 20 more shots than Idaho State and scoring 14 fast break points, but the Bengals shot 53% overall and were 7-of-12 (58%) from 3-point range. After shooting 15-of-16 on free throws on Thursday the Hornets were 12-of-19 at the line on Saturday while the Bengals also shot well there at 18-of-22.
Sacramento State plays four of its last six regular season games at home. The Hornets will host Montana at 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Montana State at 2:05 p.m. next Saturday in The Nest.