Sacramento State Hornets Continue February Surge With Win Over North Dakota


The Sacramento State Hornets won for the sixth time in their last seven games, opening a big first-half lead and holding on for a 71-65 win over North Dakota at The Nest.

The Hornets (12-12, 8-7 Big Sky Conference) forged a five-way tie for third place in the conference, joining North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Montana and Montana State with matching 8-7 marks.

Sacramento State led 37-22 at halftime and were up 57-41 with 6:24 to go before North Dakota (11-14, 8-7) ran off 10 straight points to make it interesting.

Alonzo Traylor completed a three-point play with 52 seconds left to cut the Hornets lead to 64-59, but Sacramento State hit six straight free throws over the next 30 seconds to secure the win.

Mikh McKinney had 19 points and six assists for the Hornets, while Nick Hornsby scored 15 points. Alex Tiffin yanked down seven rebounds.

Jamal Webb scored a career-high 23 points for North Dakota while also pulling down eight rebounds. Aaron Anderson and Lenny Antwi each dished out four assists.

North Dakota was 22-for-56 (39.3 percent) overall, 6-for-21 (28.6 percent) from long range and 15-for-16 (93.8 percent) from the stripe. Sacramento State was 24-for-48 (50 percent), 2-for-5 (40 percent) and 21-for-30 (70 percent).

North Dakota had a 35-28 rebounding edge, but doubled up the Hornets with 14 turnovers to just seven for the hosts.

The teams end up the regular season with a split. North Dakota posted an 82-71 win in Grand Forks, N.D., on Jan. 23.

Sacramento State hosts Northern Colorado Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

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