Jan 10, 2018
• Fresh off a pair of road losses last week, Sacramento State (4-12, 1-2) returns home this week to face both Montana schools inside the Nest. The homestand begins on Thursday when the Hornets host Montana (11-5, 4-0) at 7:05 p.m.
• Last week, Sacramento State fell on the road to Idaho (69-68) and Eastern Washington (82-67). The Idaho loss was especially grueling as the Hornets blew an 11-point lead late in the second half.
• Despite the 15-point loss to Eastern Washington on Saturday, six of the Hornets’ last 11 games (and four of the last six) have been decided by five points or less. Sacramento State is 2-4 in those five-point outcomes.
• Sacramento State is 4-1 at home this year, including an 80-75 victory in the Big Sky opener vs. Portland State. The Hornets are 56-19 at home (.747 winning percentage) dating back to the 2012-13 season.
• 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 67 points in five straight games after doing so just once during its first nine games against a Div. I opponent.
• The Hornets swept the season series against Montana a year ago, and Sacramento State has defeated the Grizzlies at home each of the last three years. In fact, no player on the Montana roster has won a game vs. the Hornets inside the Nest.
• The last time Montana won inside the Nest was March 6, 2014 (a 70-55 victory).
• During the three-game home winning streak over the Griz, Sacramento State has won those games by an average of 4.7 points per game.
• The Grizzlies are one of just two teams in the Big Sky with a perfect 4-0 conference record (Montana State is the other), and the Hornets will play both those teams this week.
• Montana has won four straight, and six of its last seven. As far as common opponents, both the Hornets and Grizzlies have a win over CSUN, and a loss to UC Santa Barbara.
• In conference play, Montana leads the Big Sky in scoring offense (91.0 ppg), scoring margin (+21.8), field goal percentage (.516) and defensive field goal percentage (.354).
• Two of the league’s best scorers will be on display Thursday, including Montana junior guard Ahmaad Rorie (18.6 ppg, 6th in the Big Sky) and Sacramento State senior forward Justin Strings (17.5 ppg, 8th in the Big Sky). Both are averaging better than 20 points per game in league play (Strings 21.7 ppg; Rorie 20.5 ppg).
• 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.