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McKINNEY RECEIVES THIRD CAREER BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD

McKINNEY RECEIVES THIRD CAREER BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State senior guard Mikh McKinney was named the Big Sky Conference's Player of the Week after putting together a monster week in which he helped lead the Hornets to a victory over Cal State Fullerton followed by a nail-biting loss to Portland.

McKinney averaged 26.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 6.5 steals and 37.5 minutes per game. He shot .600 (21-35) from the field and 1.000 (9-9) from the free throw line while leading the Hornets in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes during the week.

If those numbers weren't enough, he also became the 13th player in school history to score 1,000 career points late in Sunday's game against Portland. The Union City, Calif., native has already hit the milestone despite playing less than two and a half years in a Hornet uniform after transferring from Ohlone College prior to his sophomore season.  

The award for McKinney was his first of the season and third of his career after he garnered the honor on a pair of occasions in 2013-14.

In Thursday's victory over Cal State Fullerton, he had 21 points, three assists and six steals while shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. In Sunday's 80-75 home loss to Portland, McKinney wasn't far off a quadruple-double, finishing with 32 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and seven steals while shooting .619 (13-21) from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. Both the points and steals were career highs.

ESPN.com named McKinney as one of its top three performers for his effort against Portland.

A unanimous first team all-Big Sky selection and a second team all-district performer last year, McKinney is off to a huge start in 2014-15. The team co-captain is averaging 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.5 steals while shooting .560 (56-100) from the field and .844 (27-32) from the free throw line.

He ranks among the Big Sky's top five players in six different categories, including first in steals and minutes, third in scoring and fourth in assists. The 3.5 steals per game also ranks as the third best mark in the nation.

Sacramento State (5-4) will play a pair of pair of road games over the next two weeks, including Sunday, Dec. 21, at Seattle, and Saturday, Dec. 27 at Utah Valley. The Hornets do not play at home again until their Big Sky opener against Northern Arizona on New Year's Day.