McKinney dominates as men’s basketball beats Weber State 78-71

Mike McGough

A career night for senior guard Mikh McKinney pushed the Hornets’ win streak to four games, as Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team earned a 78-71 victory Saturday on the road against the Weber State Wildcats.

The win improved Sac State’s record to 13-6 overall and 7-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The latter marks the best eight-game start to a Big Sky season in program history.

Sac State sits atop the Big Sky standings in both men’s and women’s basketball. Both teams own 7-1 conference records.

McKinney scored a career-high 33 points in the victory on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor, making five of seven attempted 3-pointers and leading both teams with seven assists. The senior committed no turnovers and scored 27 points in the second half alone, making eight of nine attempted field goals after halftime.

McKinney received no rest, playing a full 40 minutes.

Fellow guard Dylan Garrity also turned in a solid performance for the Hornets. Garrity scored 18 points, making five of eight field goal attempts in 34 minutes on the floor.

With two assists recorded in Saturday night’s game, Garrity now sits at 499 for his Sac State career—two shy of the school record of 501 held by DaShawn Freeman, who played for the Hornets from 2002 to 2006.

The Hornets shot 28 of 47 (59.6 percent) for the game and 14 of 19 (73.7 percent) in the second half. Weber State made 27 of 57 (47.7 percent) field goals in the contest, but managed to stay in Saturday night’s game until the very end thanks to a 31-24 advantage in rebounding against Sac State.

The game ended on a somewhat controversial note for Weber State. With 17 seconds left in the game and the Hornets up 75-71, Sac State freshman Justin Strings could not inbound the ball. While one referee appeared to call a five-second violation that would have turned the ball over to the Wildcats, another official granted Katz a timeout on the other end of the floor.

The timeout stood, and the officiating crew charged Weber State head coach Randy Rahe with a technical foul after Rahe argued the call for the duration of the timeout. The foul gave Garrity a pair of free throw attempts, which the senior split, as well as possession of the ball, which sealed the win for the Hornets.

Saturday night’s game proved competitive, as the score was tied at 37 at halftime. The biggest lead for each team was seven points and there were eight lead changes and eight ties in the contest.

The Saturday night victory for the Hornets marked the squad’s first 2-0 road trip of the season.

The Hornets will return to the Nest for a 7:05 p.m. Thursday matchup against Montana State (1-6 in Big Sky), followed by a 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday against University of Montana (6-1 in Big Sky).