SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Junior Mikh McKinney scored a game-high 22 points, and junior Dylan Garrity added 12 points to help Sacramento State to a 79-56 win over Menlo College in a men's basketball exhibition game Friday evening at the Nest.
Tonight marked the Hornets' lone exhibition game as the team opens the regular season next Friday, Nov. 8, against UC Santa Cruz at 7:35 p.m. That game is part of a doubleheader that will see the Hornet women play at 5:05 p.m.
Sacramento State used all 14 players on its roster, and led by double figures the majority of the second half. That included opening up a game-high 26-point lead late in the game before settling for the 23-point win.
The Hornets shot .528 (28-53) from the field, outrebounded the Oaks by a 44-31 margin, and held sizeable advantages over Menlo in points in the paint (44-12), second-chance points (13-6) and fast-break points (16-4). Sacramento State outscored Menlo by nine points in the first half, and 14 points in the second half.
Neither team led by more than five points the first 16:21 of the game. It was Menlo that took its largest lead of the contest at 23-18 with 8:14 remaining before the Hornets closed the final eight minutes of the half on a 20-6 run to go into the break with a 38-29 lead. During that 20-6 spurt, seven different Sacramento State players scored, including freshman Eric Stuteville scoring six straight points over a two-minute span.
In the second half, Joey Quigley's layup at 19:20 gave the Hornets their first double-digit lead, and Sacramento State led by at least 10 points for nearly 18 minutes of the second half. Nine different Hornets scored during the second half, and overall, 10 players cracked into the scoring column.
"Overall, it was nice to get scoring and production from a lot of our players," Sacramento State sixth-year head coach Brian Katz said. "In the first half, we went primarily with veteran players and they set the tone. In the second half, the younger guys came in and did a good job of following suit."
McKinney and Garrity, who are team co-captains and make up one of the best back courts in the Big Sky Conference, combined for 34 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor. McKinney was nearly unstoppable all evening, scoring his 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Many of those field goals came on acrobatic, crowd-pleasing efforts. All three of his misses were from three-point range, and the shooting guard also added four rebounds, five assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
Garrity also played 34 minutes, notching 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. All five Hornet starters had at least six points and four rebounds, including Garrity, McKinney, center Alex Tiffin (seven points, game-high nine rebounds), Quigley (six points, eight rebounds) and swingman Cody Demps (eight points, five rebounds). All five of those players are returners, including Tiffin who redshirted last season after transferring from UC Davis.
True freshman Nick Hornsby was impressive in his Hornet debut, finishing with six points and seven rebounds despite playing just 10 minutes. Stuteville, a true freshman from Casa Roble High School, had six points on 3-of-5 shooting in nine minutes of play. Senior Jordan Salley added five points, three rebounds and two steals in eight active minutes.
Menlo finished the game shooting just .345 from the field (19-55), but did go 9-of-24 from three-point range. The Oaks were led by Colin Wan, who had 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, including four three-pointers. No other Menlo player scored in double figures.
NOTES -- Menlo College is an NAIA school from Atherton, Calif., that competes in the California Pacific Conference...the Hornets have played the Oaks four times in school history during the regular season with Sacramento State winning each of those games by at least 14 points…the last time the two teams met was the 2011-12 season opener when the Hornets prevailed, 70-56.
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