MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME SATURDAY NIGHT VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON

MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME SATURDAY NIGHT VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON

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Big Sky Conference standings

GAME PREVIEW

• Fresh off a convincing 69-48 home win over Idaho, Sacramento State (8-8, 2-5) welcomes Eastern Washington (5-13, 3-4) to the Nest on Saturday for a 7:05 p.m. tip.
• The Hornets had played in three straight games decided by five points or less until leading by double figures the final 27:42 against Idaho on Thursday night.
• Of the Hornets' seven conference games, four have been decided by five points or less.
• Though the Hornets have dropped five of their first seven conference games, Sacramento State could just as easily be above the .500 mark in league play. However, the Hornets haven't been their best in the late stages of close games. Sacramento State led, 63-58, with 2:30 remaining vs. Northern Colorado, trailed, 69-67, with 4:00 left at Montana State, and held a 64-62 lead with 2:38 left vs. Idaho State. Each was a loss.
• With 13 games remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State has already surpassed its win total from all of last season (7-25 overall, 4-14 in the Big Sky).
• Of the Hornets' five conference losses, four have come against teams that currently take up four of the top five spots in the Big Sky standings.
• Sacramento State is 5-2 at home this season, and 63-27 (.700 winning percentage) inside the Nest dating back to the 2012-13 season. The Hornets' lone home losses this year were both close - 70-65 vs. Northern Colorado; 72-70 vs. Idaho State.
• Eastern Washington, which has 13 underclassmen on its roster, has a 5-13 overall record and 3-4 conference mark. The Eagles had a two-game winning streak halted on Thursday after falling at Portland State, 78-65.
• The Eagles are 0-10 on the road, and 0-3 in conference road games. Of those 10 road losses, eight have come by double figures.
• Sacramento State is 14-35 all-time against Eastern Washington, which includes an 11-12 mark when playing at home.
• The Hornets have dropped eight straight games to Eastern Washington, the longest  active losing streak against any team in the Big Sky. The Hornets' last win over the Eagles came at home (90-77) on Jan. 17, 2015. During that eight-game losing streak, only two of those losses have come at home (four in Cheney, two at the Big Sky Tournament).
• Overall this season, Sacramento State (69.5 ppg) and Eastern Washington (67.8 ppg) are second to last, and last, in the Big Sky in scoring offense.

MULTIMEDIA OPTIONS

• Every game the remainder of the season can be viewed live and free on Pluto.TV. All home games can be found on Pluto.TV channel 233. The Pluto broadcasts can be watched online at Pluto.TV or by downloading the app for your mobile device.
• Every game this year will be broadcast live on ESPN 1320 AM with 22nd-year play-by-play man Steve McElroy calling all the action.
• Links for all multimedia options, including live stats for every game, can be found next to each game on the men's basketball schedule at www.hornetsports.com.