MEN’S HOOPS CLOSES REGULAR SEASON WITH 70-67 LOSS AT NORTHERN COLORADO, STUTEVILLE SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT

Men’s Basketball

Mar 04, 2017

Big Sky Tournament CentralBig Sky standingsGREELEY, Colo. — Sacramento State missed its last three field goal attempts and Northern Colorado closed the final 2:17 on an 11-4 run to beat the Hornets, 70-67, in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon at Bank of Colorado Arena.The Hornets, who finish the regular season with a 12-17 overall record and 9-9 mark in league, will now turn their attention to next week’s Big Sky Tournament at the Reno Events Center. Sacramento State will be the No. 7 seed at the single-elimination event, and play No. 10 Idaho State in the first round on Tuesday at 5:35 p.m. The top five teams in the conference will each receive a first round bye, and should Sacramento State win on Tuesday, the Hornets would play No. 2 seed Eastern Washington in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday is an off day. The semifinals will take place on Friday and the championship game is Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.The winner of the Big Sky Tournament receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, a place the Hornets have never advanced during the program’s Div. I era (1991-pres.). The last time Sacramento State qualified for the NCAA Tournament was the 1987-88 season when the program was a Div. II affiliate.Despite the loss, Sacramento State will enter the Big Sky Tournament as winners of five of its last eight games, and nine of the last 15 after beginning the conference season with an 0-3 record. Amazingly, five of the Hornets’ last six games have been decided by four points or less and the Hornets are 2-3 in those outcomes. Of Sacramento State’s 18 conference games, 10 were decided by five points or less, or went into overtime, and the Hornets are 5-5 in those games.”We are disappointed in the loss, but we’ve won our share of …

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