MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT IDAHO STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT

MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT IDAHO STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Full set of game notes (27 pages) - pdf
Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Coming off an 80-64 loss at Weber State on Thursday night, Sacramento State (5-14, 2-4) will play the second leg of a three-game road trip on Saturday evening at Idaho State (8-9, 3-3). Tip-off at Reed Gym is set for 6:05 p.m. PST.
 • The Weber State loss on Thursday was much closer than the score indicated. The Hornets trailed by just three points before Weber went on a 15-2 run over the final 4:27.
• The Hornets are still seeking their first win away from home this season as the team is 0-8 on the road and 0-4 on neutral floors. That includes an 0-3 mark in league play with losses to Idaho (69-68), Eastern Washington (82-67) and Weber State (80-64).
• Sacramento State's 64 points on Thursday at Weber State were its fewest total in nine games. The Hornets hadn't scored less than 66 points since going for just 54 points in a loss at Boise State on Dec. 9.
• The Hornets continue to play without the services of senior guards Marcus Graves and Jiday Ugbaja. Graves, who had started 62 straight games, will miss the entire season after undergoing back surgery. Ugbaja has missed all but six games with a leg injury.
Justin Strings didn't shoot particularly well at Weber State (5-for-22), but his 13 points allowed him to score in double figures for the 39th consecutive game. That is the sixth longest active streak in the nation.
• Idaho State began the Big Sky season with a 3-0 record, including an upset win at Weber State. However, the Bengals have dropped three straight since, including an 87-83 home loss to Portland State on Thursday.
• The Bengals, who are second in the league in field goal percentage (.462) and third in 3-point percentage (.369), are 6-2 at home. That includes home wins over Southern Utah and Northern Arizona during the second week of conference play.
• Idaho State boats two of the best 3-point shooters in the league in Jared Stutzman (13.9 ppg, .475 3FG%) and Balint Mocsan (12.2 ppg, .472 3FG%).
• The Hornets are 20-28 all-time against Idaho State, but won both meetings a year ago, and have won six of the last eight meetings overall. That includes a 91-76 win in the first round of last year's Big Sky Tournament in Reno.
• The Hornets are 8-16 all-time when playing Idaho State in Pocatello.
• Sacramento State has not played Idaho State on the road since a 66-64 Bengal win on Feb. 13, 2016. Amazingly, five of the last six meetings between the two teams in Pocatello have been decided by three points or less, or went to overtime.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Free video streams will be provided for every game (home or away) the rest of the season at www.WatchBigSky.com.
• Every game this year will be broadcast live on KTKZ 1380 AM The Answer with 21st-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling all the action.
• Fans outside the Sacramento area can listen to all games via www.hornetsports.com. The game can be found by clicking here.
• Links for all multimedia options, including live stats, can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.

For Sacramento State's complete set of game notes, please click here.