MEN'S BASKETBALL WRAPS UP HOMESTAND SATURDAY NIGHT VS. PORTLAND STATE
Fresh off a 61-55 victory over Eastern Washington on Thursday, Sacramento State (11-10, 6-7) will play the final leg of its three-game homestand against Portland State (5-15, 3-10) on Saturday night…tip-off at the Nest is 7:05 p.m…the game against Portland State will conclude a stretch that will see the Hornets play three home games over a six-day span…prior to the game on Saturday, the program will hold its annual set of Alumni Games at 2 p.m. (1980's and earlier vs. 1990's), and 3 p.m. (2000-06 vs. 2006-12) inside the Nest…with Thursday's win over the Eagles, Sacramento State swept the season series against Eastern Washington for the first time in school history, has its most overall wins (11) since the 2005-06 season, most Big Sky victories (6) since the 2004-05 season, and most home wins (8) since the 2006-07 season…in fact, with eight games remaining in the regular season, the Hornets are attempting to become the first team during the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.) to finish the season with an overall winning percentage above the .500 mark…the 6-7 conference record could easily be 9-4 as the Hornets have dropped three league games by one point…that included a one-point loss to Montana, who is now 13-0 in conference play…Sacramento State is in a two-way tie for sixth place in the league standings with Northern Arizona, but are just two games behind third-place Southern Utah (8-5)…the top seven teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky Tournament (March 14-16)…the Hornets are looking to qualify for the postseason event for the first time since the 2005-06 season…Portland State, which lost two of the top players in the Big Sky to graduation last season, has dropped seven straight games overall, and is 0-11 on the road…however, the Vikings have fire power, as evidence by their 87-69 victory against the Hornets in Portland on Jan. 10 in which PSU hit a three-pointer on seven consecutive possessions in the second half to put the game away…the Vikings are 25-10 all-time against Sacramento State, including wins in 11 of the last 12 meetings between the two teams…the Hornets are 9-8 when playing the Vikings in Sacramento…like every conference game, Saturday's contest can be seen live and free on Big Sky TV…the game can also be heard on the internet at www.hornetsports.com with 16th year play-by-play announcer Steve McElroy calling all the action.
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