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GARRITY NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

GARRITY NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State senior guard Dylan Garrity was named the Big Sky Conference's Men's Basketball Player of the Week today after leading the Hornets to a 74-49 road victory at Utah Valley on Saturday.

The Huntington Beach, Calif., native put on a shooting display against the Wolverines while leading the Hornets (6-5) to their second largest margin of victory on the road since the program joined the Div. I ranks in 1991-92.

Garrity scored a career-high 28 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field, 6-of-7 from the 3-point line and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. He was a +25 in plus/minus ratio, and scored nine points during a game-clinching 34-10 Hornet run that spanned parts of both the first and second halves.

The Big Sky Player of the Week award was his first this season, and second of his career after earning the honor during the 2012-13 season. Garrity also becomes the second Hornet in three weeks to receive the weekly honor as teammate Mikh McKinney was named the league's player of the week on Dec. 15.

Garrity's 28 points surpassed his previous career high of 26, set last year on the road at Idaho State. Making the performance even more impressive is Garrity's 28 points came on just nine field goal attempts, or 3.1 points per field goal attempt. He scored 15 points in the first half, and 13 more in the second half.

A fourth-year senior and team co-captain, Garrity's final line was 28 points, three rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes. His points, field goals made, 3-point field goals made and free throws made were all season highs.

Garrity, who became the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 points earlier this month, moved into 10th place on Sacramento State's all-time scoring list. He now has 1,090 career points, and is 40 points shy of moving into ninth place. His career 3-point field percentage of .426 is the fourth best mark in school history.

With a 6-5 overall record, Sacramento State will begin Big Sky play with a record above the .500 mark for just the fourth time since joining the league in 1996-97. The Hornets are at home for both conference games this week, opening up against Northern Arizona on New Year's Day and Southern Utah on Saturday. Both games will begin at 7:05 p.m.