The Sacramento State Hornets closed the first half on a 13-3 run to take a 10-point halftime lead and liked it so much they opened the second 20 minutes with a 13-5 run, blowing open a close game en route to a 75-64 win over the Eastern Washington Eagles at The Nest Saturday night.
Dylan Garrity scored nine of his 18 points during the 26-8 spurt as the Hornets (6-9, 2-4 Big Sky Conference) took an 18-point lead after the Eagles (7-10, 2-4) had tied the game at 25-25 with 4:15 remaining in the first half.
Eastern Washington got it to a six-point deficit, 60-54, with 4:42 remaining, but Zach Mills helped slam the door shut for Sacramento State when he canned a 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor.
Mills had 17 points for the Hornets and Cody Demps added 10. Garrity handed out four assists to go with his game-high 18 points, while Mikh McKonney finished with seven rebounds and three steals.
Venky Jois scored 17 points and had seven rebounds for the Eagles. Tyler Harvey added 15 points, Drew Brandon had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists and Parker Kelly scored 11 points.
Eastern Washington was 20-for-49 (40.8 percent) overall, 6-for-17 (35.3 percent) from 3-point range and 18-for-28 (64.3 percent) from the free-throw stripe. Sacramento State was 26-for-52 (50 percent), 6-for-15 (40 percent) and 17-for-25 (68 percent).
The Hornets dominated the boards 37-28 and had 10 turnovers to 11 miscues by the Eagles.
Sacramento State hits the road next week, visiting North Dakota on Thursday for a 5 p.m. Pacific tipoff.