Men’s basketball falls to Seattle U

Mike McGough

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team dropped to 5-5 on the season with a 66-47 loss at Seattle University on Sunday night.

The defeat put the Hornets’ road record at 1-4 early in the 2014-15 season.

The Hornets struggled from the field, making just 17 of 56 (30.4 percent) field goal attempts as a team. The Seattle Redhawks did not struggle offensively, shooting 25 of 53 (47.2 percent) from the field and going 10 of 21 (47.6 percent) from behind the arc.

Senior guard and Sac State co-captain Mikh McKinney followed up last Sunday’s milestone performance—in which he scored 32 points and crossed the 1,000-point threshold for his Sac State career—with another solid scoring night. Spending 35 minutes on the floor, he scored 16 points on six of 12 shooting from the field and made four of eight attempted 3-pointers.

The Hornets’ next highest scorer, Dreon Barlett, had eight points and shot two of six from the field. Barlett played 16 minutes.

Sac State took a 3-2 advantage thanks to a McKinney 3-pointer with 18:45 left on the clock in the first half, but this would be the only lead the Hornets could secure all night. Sac State had great difficulty shooting early on, and went into halftime down 30-17.

Though they spent most of the game trailing by double digits, the Hornets managed to cut their deficit down to seven points midway through the second half. A 3-pointer by senior guard Dylan Garrity with 10:44 left in the game brought Sac State to the brink of a comeback effort, but the Redhawks would soon pull away once again.

One silver lining for the Hornets was a lack of turnovers. After struggling with turnovers all season, Sac State committed just seven turnovers Sunday night—less than half of their season average of 14.3 per game entering Sunday’s contest.

Sac State will play its final game of the pre-conference portion of its schedule next weekend on the road. The Hornets will tip off next at 6:05 p.m. Saturday at Utah Valley.