McKINNEY NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE, GARRITY HONORABLE MENTION
Big Sky All-Conference Team
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State's dynamic back court of junior guards Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity each received all-Big Sky Conference recognition, it was announced by the league office today. McKinney was the recipient of unanimous first team honors while Garrity was named honorable mention for the third straight season.
McKinney becomes the first Hornet to be named first team all-Big Sky since both DaShawn Freeman and Alex Bausley accomplished the feat in 2006. Also, he becomes the first player in school history to be unanimously selected first team all-Big Sky. The program joined the Big Sky in 1996-97.
Garrity becomes the first-ever Sacramento State player to receive all-Big Sky recognition three times. He's been named honorable mention all-league during each of his first three years with the program.
McKinney and Garrity, who combine to make up one of, if not the best, back court in the Big Sky, were both instrumental in leading the Hornets to their first Big Sky Tournament berth since 2006. The top seven teams in the 11-member conference qualify for the league's postseason event and the Hornets finished the regular season with a 14-15 overall record and 10-10 conference mark. Sacramento State, which is the No. 7 seed, will play No. 2 North Dakota in the Big Sky Tournament quarterfinals this Thursday at 1:05 p.m. PDT in Ogden, Utah.
McKinney has put together one of the more impressive conference seasons in Sacramento State history. In league play, the Union City, Calif., native led the Hornets in points (17.0 ppg), rebounds (4.3 rpg), assists (5.1 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.4) and steals (1.3 spg). Among conference leaders, he was first in both assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, and fifth in scoring and minutes played (35.8 per game).
Entering the conference tournament, McKinney has scored in double figures in 13 straight games, and 25 times overall this year. That includes leading the team in scoring in 18 of 29 games, and posting five games with at least 21 points. One of those games was a career-high tying 30-point effort against Big Sky regular season champion Weber State. McKinney was also extremely proficient, shooting .498 (123-247) from the field which ranks 14th in the league.
A starter in 58 straight games dating back to last year, McKinney averaged 19.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists while shooting .517 from the floor during the final 13 games of the regular season. Overall, including non-conference play, he is averaging 16.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.3 steals on .483 shooting from the field, .352 from the 3-point line and .817 from the free throw line.
In conference play, Garrity ranks among the top five players in the Big Sky in five different categories, including third in 3-point field goal percentage (.462), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.7), tied for fourth in 3-pointers made (2.5 per game), fifth in free throw percentage (.857) and tied for fifth in assists (3.9 per game). He also averaged a career-best 13.4 points in conference play and shot .478 from the field.
The Huntington Beach, Calif., native has scored in double figures 20 times, including the final three games of the regular season in which he averaged 18.7 points and 5.3 three-pointers per game while shooting .552 from the 3-point arc (16-29). Overall, including non-conference play, Garrity averaged a career-high 13.0 points to go along with 3.6 assists per game while shooting .461 from the field, .458 from the 3-point line and .824 from the free throw line.
The Big Sky's active leader in career assists with 441, Garrity already ranks among the top 10 players in school history in nine different career categories. That includes second in assists, tied for third in games started (82) and assists per game (5.2 apg), fourth in 3-point percentage (.415), minutes (2,873) and minutes per game (33.8), seventh in free throw percentage (.836), ninth in 3-pointers made (137) and tied for ninth in free throws made (229). In addition, he is just 72 points shy of becoming the 12th player in school history to amass 1,000 career points.