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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 20, 10:35 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Nest (1,200) -- Sacramento, California. Television: None. Home Record: UC Davis 0-1, Sacramento St. 2-0. Away Record: UC Davis 0-1, Sacramento St. 1-0. Neutral Record: UC Davis 0-0, Sacramento St. 0-0. Conference Record: UC Davis 0-0, Sacramento St. 0-0. Series Record: Sacramento State leads, 64-46.
GAME NOTES: A pair of Golden State rivals collide at the Nest on Tuesday, as the Sacramento State Hornets put their unblemished record on the line against the UC Davis Aggies.
Brian Katz's fifth season at Sacramento State has gotten off to a fast start, as the team enters this contest at 3-0. The Hornets began the year with back- to-back lopsided home wins against UC Merced (96-62) and CSU Bakersfield (85-67). The team's first road test proved to be equally satisfying, as Sacramento State came from behind to top Pac-12 foe Utah in Salt Lake City, 74-71.
The Aggies are still in search of their first win of the season, losing a couple of close affairs, starting with a narrow defeat at Oklahoma State (73-65), before an 85-82 shootout loss at home to Northern Arizona. Jim Les is now in his second season as head coach of the Aggies, after the team went a mere 5-26 a year ago in his debut with the program.
This marks the 111th meeting between these two long-time rivals. The Hornets hold a 64-46 edge all-time.
The Aggies fell in a shootout with the Lumberjacks, despite getting 55 combined points from Corey Hawkins and Ryan Sypkens. Hawkins was 10-of-20 from the floor, netting a game-high 30 points. Sypkens went 7-of-11 from 3-point range to pour in 25 points in the loss. Ryan Howley came off the bench to tally 10 points, but UC Davis was outdone by NAU, which shot an even 50 percent from the floor in the game and netted 23 points off 11 offensive rebounds.
The numbers on the year will be a little skewed with the team's two losses. With his big performance against the Lumberjacks, Hawkins is averaging 21.5 ppg. Sypkens (17.0 ppg) is next in line, while Howley (10.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg) has been a strong frontcourt presence.
The Hornets outscored Utah 29-13 over the final 12 minutes of action to pull off a three-point win at the Huntsman Center. Four players notched double figures in the win, led by Dylan Garrity's 19 points. John Dickson added 16 points, while Mikh McKinney and Joe Eberhard netted 13 and 10 points, respectively.
It is only three games into the season, but Sacramento State has established itself as an offensive force, averaging a hefty 85.0 ppg, on .485 shooting. The team has carried its strong shooting beyond the arc, converting .411 from 3-point range. The team boasts of a potent scoring trio in McKinney, Dickson and Garrity. McKinney and Dickson are tied for the team-lead at 16.3 ppg, while Garrity isn't far behind at 15.3 ppg. Dickson is the team's top sniper with six 3-pointers thus far and is also the team's top rebounder (7.0 rpg). Garrity doubles as the primary distributor on the roster (7.0 apg).
These two teams are on two different paths right now. The Hornets have plenty of momentum heading into this contest, while the Aggies will be hard-pressed to match Sacramento's intensity in the Nest.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Sacramento State 81, UC Davis 66
11/20 10:43:01 ET
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