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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 10:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Colberg Court (1,200) -- Sacramento, California. Television: None. Home Record: Montana State 9-5, Sacramento State 10-3. Away Record: Montana State 9-10, Sacramento State 3-12. Neutral Record: Montana State 0-2, Sacramento State 0-0. Conference Record: Montana State 9-10, Sacramento State 9-10. Series Record: Montana State leads, 27-15.
GAME NOTES: Both the Montana State Bobcats and Sacramento State Hornets need help getting into the Big Sky Conference Tournament, and a win Saturday at Colberg Court is a must if either hopes to continue their season.
These teams not only end the season against each other, but they opened league play opposite one another on Jan. 2 as the Bobcats rolled to 70-55 win.
On Thursday, Montana State was limited to 19 points in the second half of a 61-48 defeat at the hands of North Arizona.
Marcus Colbert led the squad with 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the floor and Terrell Brown chipped in 12 points. NAU dominated on the interior as it won the rebounding battle, 38-19, and outscored the Bobcats, 28-10, in the paint.
The Bobcats are being narrowly outscored this season (69.4 ppg to 68.3 ppg). Davis is the lone Bobcat averaging double figures, as he puts up 12.5 ppg. Paul Egwuonwu chips in with 9.4 ppg and leads the team on the glass at 6.6 rpg. The Bobcats do not do a good job of distributing the ball, averaging a league- worst 10.5 apg, and they have turned it over more than they've handed out assists.
Like Montana State, Sacramento State is coming off a loss, 70-55 against Montana on Thursday. It was the third straight setback for the Hornets, who had controlled their postseason destiny before the recent skid.
Dylan Garrity matched a game-high with 18 points, while Mikh McKinney added 10 points and six rebounds for the Hornets, who committed 15 turnovers.
McKinney leads the team with a 16.2 ppg average, hitting 48 percent of his shots on the season. McKinney also brings in a team-best 4.5 apg average to the table and over a steal per game. Garrity is second on the squad in scoring with 13.0 ppg, and Cody Demps tops the team with a 4.2 rpg mark. The Hornets are averaging just 68.2 ppg this season and allowing opponents to score 69.3 ppg.
The Hornets have not made the Big Sky Tournament since 2006, and while they still may end up on the outside looking in next week, they'll do their part against a struggling Montana State team.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Sacramento State 66, Montana State 60
03/08 10:27:44 ET
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