Leading scorer Mikh McKinney was held to just four points, more than 10 less than his average, and the Montana State Bobcats never trailed en route to a 70-55 victory in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams Thursday night at Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Mont.
Montana State (6-6, 1-0 Big Sky) led 35-25 at the half and was up by as much as 23 in the second half against cold-shooting Sacramento State (4-6, 0-1).
Calen Coleman led the Bobcats with 13 points, Marcus Colbert added 11 and Flavien Davis tossed in 10. Paul Egwuonwu and Danny Robison had six rebounds each for Montana State and Antonio Biglow logged four assists.
Zach Mills paced the Hornets with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Dylan Garrity had 11 points and three assists.
Sacramento State was 21-for-55 (38.2 percent) overall, 6-for-20 (30 percent) from 3-point range and 7-for-9 (77.8 percent) at the free-throw line.
Montana State finished 26-for-55 (47.3 percent), 13-for-29 (44.8 percent) and 5-for-8 (62.5 percent).
The Hornets led the rebounding battle 35-31 and had nine turnovers to just seven for the Bobcats.
Sacramento State visits Montana Saturday night for a 6 p.m. Pacific tipoff.
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