SOPHOMORE JUSTIN STRINGS NAMED HONORABLE MENTION ALL-BIG SKY

SOPHOMORE JUSTIN STRINGS NAMED HONORABLE MENTION ALL-BIG SKY

Big Sky All-Conference Team

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State sophomore forward Justin Strings was named honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference today by the league's coaches.

Strings was the leading scorer for a Sacramento State squad that finished the regular season with a 13-16 overall record and 6-12 mark in the Big Sky. The Hornets, who are the No. 10 seed, open the first round of the Big Sky Tournament in Reno on Tuesday vs. No. 7 Montana State at 5:35 p.m. Should Sacramento State get past Montana State, it would play Thursday vs. No. 2 Montana at 5:35 p.m.

Strings is one of just three sophomores from the entire league that received some form of all-league recognition.

After playing sparingly as a freshman last season, Strings was consistently the Hornets' best player all year, finishing the regular season with averages of 15.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocked shots per game while shooting .492 (161-of-327) from the field, .384 (53-of-138) from the 3-point line and .782 (68-for-87) from the free throw line.

He has appeared in all 29 games, starting each of the last 18 games for the Hornets. The Carson, Calif., native has scored at least 20 points in five of the last nine games, and overall, has scored in double figures 26 times. He enters the Big Sky Tournament with a streak of 10 straight games with double figures in points. He has five double-doubles, has led the team in scoring 12 times and has just seven turnovers in his last 410 minutes played.

In conference play, Strings upped his averages to 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds, and that scoring average is the best mark among all Big Sky sophomores, and the rebounding is the second best mark.

Last season, he averaged just 0.8 points, 0.7 rebounds and 4.2 minutes as a true freshman.

Sacramento State enters the Big Sky Tournament as winners of two straight, and three of its last five. The team is facing a Montana State squad that beat the Hornets twice this season, but both of those games came down to the final minutes.