Sacramento State (13-12) at Weber State (15-9)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 27, 9 p.m. (ET).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Dee Events Center (12,000) -- Ogden, Utah.
Television: None. Home Record: Sacramento 10-2, WSU 11-1. Away Record:
Sacramento 3-10, WSU 4-8. Neutral Record: Sacramento 0-0, WSU 0-0. Conference
Record: Sacramento 9-7, WSU 12-4. Series Record: Weber State leads, 35-5.
GAME NOTES: The Weber State Wildcats try to increase their odds of capturing
the Big Sky Conference regular season title as they host the Sacramento State
Hornets at the Dee Events Center on Thursday night.
Ahead by two games over Northern Colorado at the top of the league standings,
the Wildcats managed to snap a two-game slide the last time out with a
convincing 86-68 decision versus Montana State on the road last Saturday.
Weber State is now 12-4 in conference with this and three more games remaining
before the end of the regular season.
The Hornets come into action tonight tied with Montana and North Dakota for
third place in the Big Sky with a record of 9-7. On the road now for
consecutive outings against WSU and Idaho State before closing with hosting
gigs versus Montana and Montana State next week, Sacramento has won three in a
row thanks to a 79-58 thumping of Northern Colorado last Saturday at home.
The Hornets stole a 78-75 overtime decision versus Weber State in the first
meeting of the season earlier this month at home, thanks to what has been
described as a 75-foot heave by Dylan Garrity at the buzzer, but still this is
a relationship that is being dominated by the Wildcats, winners of all but one
of 20 meetings in Ogden and 35 of 40 overall.
Mikh McKinney tallied 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, as the
Sacramento State Hornets easily took care of the Northern Colorado Bears by 21
points in Big Sky action at The Nest.McKinney shot 8-of-18 from the field and
knocked down 11-of-12 from the free-throw line for Sacramento State. Eric
Stuteville also registered a double-double for the hosts, putting up 14 points
and 12 rebounds off the bench. Sacramento State owned a 45-34 advantage on the
glass and outscored UNC at the foul line, 24-17.
Holding the same lineup for all but one of their 16 conference bouts this
season, the Hornets are being paced by McKinney and his 17.3 ppg, shooting
both 50.3 percent from the field and 81.3 percent at the free-throw line. In
addition to taking care of his own offensive needs, McKinney has also made it
his job to get teammates involved, to the tune of 79 assists. Garrity (12.9
ppg) is responsible for another 65 dishes as well.
Weber State pulled into Bozeman with something to prove last Saturday, using a
58.1 percent shooting effort from the floor to generate an 18-point road win.
Davion Berry tallied a team-best 20 points, connecting on all 10 of his free-
throw chances, while Jordan Richardson tacked on 19 points. Richaud Gittens
and Jeremy Senglin pitched in with 14 and 12 points, respectively, as the team
held the hosts to just 37.1 percent shooting from the floor.
In conference play, Weber State is producing a solid 72.9 ppg on the strength
of 42.5 percent shooting behind the 3-point line. Berry tops a list of three
double-digit scorers with his 19.9 ppg, converting 84.0 percent of his
opportunities at the free-throw line where the program has outscored the
opposition by 91 points in 16 outings. Joel Bolomboy (8.9 ppg) handles the
action in the paint with 12.1 rpg.
The Hornets won the first meeting of the season at home and on a prayer from
long distance, but they are in enemy territory now and you can be sure Weber
State won't let the game be that close down the stretch.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Weber State 81, Sacramento State 70
02/27 10:16:06 ET
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