Sacramento State Hornets Tripped By North Dakota In Big Sky Tourney Quarterfinal

Mikh McKinney missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with six seconds left and the Sacramento State Hornets dropped a tough 79-76 decision to North Dakota on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament at Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah.

The Hornets (14-16) were playing in their first Big Sky tourney since 2006 and led by as much as seven points before North Dakota (16-15), the tournament’s second seed, rallied.

Eric Stuteville’s basket with 12:33 left put the Hornets up 60-53, but North Dakota was able to climb back in, taking the lead for good on Aaron Anderson’s bucket with 3:15 to go.

Dylan Garrity knocked down a couple of free throws to pull Sacramento State back to within one at 75-74 with 20 seconds left and Anderson answered with two free throws of his own on the other end.

The Hornets got the ball to McKinney after a timeout, but he missed his 3-pointer. Dreon Barlett grabbed the offensive board and scored, leaving Sacramento State still down a point with two seconds to go. Anderson drained two more free throws with a second remaining and the Hornets couldn’t get off a last shot.

The loss drops Sacramento State to 2-5 all-time in Big Sky tournament play.

Troy Huff led North Dakota with 18 points. Anderson added 16 points and four assists, while Alonzo Traylor and Josh Schuler each scored 11 points. Schuler also had four dimes and Quinton Hooker had five rebounds.

McKinney had a game-high 24 points for the Hornets to go with seven assists. Garrity scored 18 points, Cody Demps tossed in 15 and Jordan Salley grabbed nine rebounds.

Sacramento State was 25-for-54 (46.3 percent) overall, 6-for-12 (50 percent) from 3-point range and 20-for-23 (87 percent) from the foul line. North Dakota was 29-for-56 (51.8 percent), 7-for-18 (38.9 percent) and 14-for-20 (70 percent).

The Hornets had a 34-25 rebounding edge, while North Dakota had seven turnovers to 10 for Sacramento State.

North Dakota advances to a semifinal game on Friday.

Big Sky Conference Tournament

All Games at Dee Events Center, Ogden, Utah (All Times PDT)
Thursday—Quarterfinals
(2) North Dakota 79, (7) Sacramento State 76, 1:05 p.m.
(6) Northern Colorado vs. (3) Northern Arizona, 3:30 p.m.
(5) Portland State vs. (4) Montana, 6 p.m.

Friday—Semifinals
Highest remaining seed vs. (2) North Dakota, 3:30 p.m.
Lowest remaining seed vs. (1) Weber State, 6:05 p.m.

Saturday—Championship
Semifinal winners, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

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