MEN’S BASKETBALL CAN’T FIND THE RANGE IN ROAD LOSS AT SEATTLE

MEN’S BASKETBALL CAN’T FIND THE RANGE IN ROAD LOSS AT SEATTLE

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Sacramento State shot a season-low .304 from the field, including just 6-of-27 in the first half, on the way to a 66-47 loss at Seattle University in a non-conference men's basketball game Sunday evening at KeyArena.

The Hornets' field goal percentage of .304 (17-56) was easily a season low as the team also connected on just .296 (8-27) from 3-point range and .625 (5-8) from the free throw line. Seattle led for nearly 39 minutes of the contest, while also holding an advantage of at least seven points the final 30:28 of the game. In fact, Sacramento State's only lead came at 3-2 after Mikh McKinney hit a 3-pointer with 18:45 left in the first half.

With the loss, Sacramento State dropped to 5-5 overall while Seattle improved to 6-6. The road has not been kind to the Hornets this season as the team is 1-4 with the lone win coming by one point at UC Riverside on Nov. 17. In five road games, the Hornets are shooting just .387 from the field and .345 from the 3-point line. In three of those five road contests, Sacramento State shot below 36 percent from the floor.

In tonight's game, the Hornets missed 15 of their first 18 field goal attempts, and by the time the team hit double figures in scoring on another McKinney 3-pointer, Sacramento State was trailing, 18-10 with 6:26 left until halftime.

Meanwhile, Seattle was having its way on the perimeter, eventually finishing the game shooting .472 (25-53) from the field and .476 (10-21) from the 3-point line. All 10 of the Redhawks' 3-pointers came from the finger tips of Isiah Umipig and Jarell Flora who both connected on 5-of-10 from distance.

Both Umipig and Flora were in double figures before halftime and Flora eventually finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Umipig had 19 points. The duo combined for 45 of Seattle's 66 points and were the only Redhawk players to connect on better than 50 percent of their shots from the field. Overall, Umipig shot 7-of-12 and Flora was 10-for-18 from the field. Flora was the only player in the game with a double-double.

Sacramento State committed a season-low seven turnovers, converted 11 Seattle miscues into 15 points, and held a sizeable advantage in points off the bench (16-2), but could not overcome the shooting woes. The Redhawks also held a 40-28 advantage in the rebounding department and outscored the Hornets in the paint by a 22-12 margin. The two teams were whistled for a combined 19 fouls in tonight's game, and only 15 free throws were attempted. The Hornets were outscored in both the first (30-17) and second (36-30) halves.

Of the Hornets' five starters, only one player - McKinney - scored more than five points. The senior guard and team co-captain scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from distance while playing a team-high 35 minutes. Junior Dreon Barlett added eight points and a pair of 3-pointers and senior Dylan Garrity had five points, four assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 33 minutes.

Garrity's five points were a season low and he shot just 1-for-7 from the 3-point line, marking the first time all season he failed to connect on at least two shots from long range. Sophomore Nick Hornsby added three points, two assists and a team-best eight rebounds, senior Alex Tiffin had four points and six rebounds, and senior Zach Mills tallied five points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field, including a 3-pointer.

McKinney has now led the team in scoring in three straight, and five of 10 games this season.

The Hornets return to action on Saturday, Dec. 27, when the team plays on the road at Utah Valley. Sacramento State defeated the Wolverines earlier this season at the Nest by a 65-56 margin. Saturday will also mark the Hornets' final non-conference game of the season as the team opens Big Sky Conference play on New Year's Day against Northern Arizona at 7:05 p.m.