The Sacramento State Hornets opened the game on an 18-6 run and led by as many as 19 points in the first half before holding on for a 72-65 win over the Portland State Vikings at the Stott Center in Portland, Ore., Saturday night.
The Hornets (11-12, 7-7 Big Sky Conference) won for the fifth time in sixth game and notched their first road victory since Jan. 11. They also avenged an overtime loss at The Nest to the Vikings (11-12, 6-8) on Jan. 16.
Portland State made a run in the second half, whittling the lead to four at 52-48 on Andre Winston Jr.’s three-point play with 12:58 remaining. But Sacramento State responded, bumping the lead back to 13 on Mikh McKinney’s jumper with 2:07 to go that essentially sealed the deal.
McKinney posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists for the Hornets. Cody Demps added 16 points, Dylan Garrity scored 15 and freshman Eric Stuteville notched 12 on 6-of-6 shooting. Nick Hornsby had six rebounds.
Sacramento State was 29-for-47 (61.7 percent) overall, 3-for-6 (50 percent) from long range and 11-for-15 (73.3 percent) at the foul line. Portland State was 29-for-54 (53.7 percent), 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) and 3-for-8 (37.5 percent).
The Hornets dominated the glass 30-20, but the Vikings turned the ball over 12 times to 16 for Sacramento State.
The Hornets are back home on Thursday, hosting North Dakota at 7:05 p.m. Pacific.