The Sacramento State Hornets came out sizzling Thursday night, shooting 69 percent in the first half and knocking down eight 3-pointers to take a 25-point halftime lead, then hung on for an 84-78 win over the Idaho State Bengals at The Nest.
The Hornets (7-11, 3-6 Big Sky Conference) survived despite not making a field goal in the final six minutes of the game and shooting just 26 percent in the second half. Idaho State (7-11, 4-5) got as close as five points in the closing minute, but got no closer.
Mikh McKinney scored 28 points and notched five assists for the Hornets and Dylan Garrity had 23 points. Zach Mills and Jordan Salley each tossed in 10 points and Alex Tiffin snagged seven rebounds.
Andre Hatchett and Tomas Sanchez each finished with 17 points and eight assists, with Hatchett also grabbing eight rebounds. Chris Hansen added 15 points for the Bengals.
Idaho State was 28-for-62 (45.2 percent) overall, 8-for-27 (29.6 percent) from 3-point range and 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) from the foul line. Sacramento State was 27-for-56 (48.2 percent), 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) and 22-for-29 (75.9 percent).
The Hornets won the boards 38-35 and each team committed nine turnovers.
Sacramento State hosts Weber State Saturday night at The Nest for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff.