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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

Michael Wiggins, Author

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Sac State sophomore guard Brandon Davis crosses over against Northern Arizona sophomore guard Cameron Shelton versus the Lumberjacks on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Nest. The Hornets beat Weber State 71-57 Saturday, Jan. 11.

Sac State men’s basketball team beats Weber State 71-57

The Hornets have won three straight Big Sky Conference games
January 12, 2020

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team won its third straight game Saturday night after beating Weber State 71-57. Following consecutive losses in its first two Big Sky conference games of the...

Sac State senior center Joshua Patton waits to shoot a free throw against UC Davis on Wednesday, Nov. 20 2019 at Golden 1 Center.  Patton became the second center in Sac State history to score 1000 career points during the teams Saturday night victory over Idaho State 68-49.

Sac State men’s basketball team dominates Idaho State for first Big Sky Conference win

Senior Joshua Patton becomes the second Hornet center to reach 1,000th career points
January 5, 2020

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team won its first Big Sky Conference game of the season Saturday night against Idaho State, 68-49. Sac State (8-4, 1-2 Big Sky) returned to The Nest to face...

Sac State sophomore forward James Bridges dribbles in front of Cal Poly senior guard Jamal Smith on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Nest. The Hornets have started conference play 0-2 after a 52-50 loss to the University of Montana on Monday, Dec. 30.

Sac State men’s basketball team loses to Montana 52-50

The Hornets fall to 0-2 in Big Sky play following loss to the Grizzlies
December 30, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team lost its second straight game Monday night in Montana, 52-50. The Hornets (7-4, 0-2 Big Sky), stayed in Montana after losing to Montana State 66-51 Saturday...

Sac State sophomore guard Brandon Davis dribbles at midcourt against Cal Poly on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Nest. The Hornets would lose 66-51 against Montana State University on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Sac State men’s basketball team lose Big Sky opener 66-51 at Montana State

December 28, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team opened Big Sky Conference play Saturday with a 66-51 road loss at Montana State.  Sacramento State (7-3,0-1) traveled to Bozeman, Montana to begin conference...

Sac State senior forward Chibueze Jacobs dribbles up court against Santa Clara on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Leavey Center. The Hornets were defeated by the Broncos 60-58 on Saturday afternoon.

Sac State men’s basketball team loses at Santa Clara 60-58

Hornets drop second game of season on the road
December 15, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team lost its second game of the season on Saturday afternoon at Santa Clara, 60-58.  Sac State (6-2) sought an unprecedented 7-1 start to the season following...

Sac State senior center Joshua Patton goes for a layup against Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Titan Gym. The Hornets defeated the Titans 62-59 on the road to improve to 6-1 on the season.

Sac State men’s basketball team secures 62-59 win at Cal State Fullerton

Hornets improve to 6-1 for second time in program history
December 8, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team has begun the season 6-1 for the second time in school history following a 62-59 road victory over Cal State Fullerton  Saturday night. The Hornets (6-1)...

Sac State sophomore guard Brandon Davis dribbles near midcourt and surveys the floor against UC Merced on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the Nest. Davis had five points and four assists in the win.

Sac State men’s basketball team dominates UC Merced in 72-36 win

Hornets improve to 5-1 following blowout victory over Bobcats
December 4, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team matched its best six-game start in program history after beating UC Merced 72-36 Tuesday night.  Sac State (5-1) returned home to pick up its third straight...

Sac State sophomore guard Brandon Davis pivots while being guarded by UC Davis freshman guard Ezra Manjon on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Golden 1 Center. The Hornets lost their first game of the season Saturday night 59-45 at No. 21 Colorado.

Sac State men’s basketball team loses 59-45 at No. 21 Colorado

Hornets taste defeat for first time this season with loss to Buffaloes
November 30, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team lost its first game of the season Saturday night at No. 21 Colorado 59-45.  Sac State (4-1) sought an unprecedented 5-0 start to the season when it visited...

Sac State senior guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Leafa attempts to make a bounce pass against UC Davis senior guard Stefan Gonzalez on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Golden 1 Center. Mauriohooho-Leafa had a game-high 23 points in the Hornets 77-72 win on the road at Pepperdine on Saturday night.

Sac State men’s basketball team defeats Pepperdine 77-72 on the road

Hornets begin season 4-0 for third time in program Division I history
November 24, 2019

For the third time in its Division I era, the Sacramento State men’s basketball team begins the season 4-0 following a 77-72 come from behind road win Saturday night at Pepperdine University.  The...

Sac State senior center Joshua Patton looks to make a pass against UC Davis senior center Matt Neufeld on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Golden 1 Center. The Hornets defeated the Aggies 61-51 to move to 3-0 on the season.

Sac State men’s basketball team remains perfect with 61-51 victory over UC Davis

Patton’s 25 points and Esposito’s double-double leads Hornets to win at Golden 1 Center
November 21, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team remains undefeated after beating bitter rival the University of California, Davis 61-51 Wednesday night at the Golden 1 Center. For the fourth straight year,...

From left to right, Sac State senior football players, defensive lineman George Obinna, defensive back Caelan Barnes and defensive lineman Dariyn Choates pose for a photo after practice. Sac State’s defense has accumulated 38 sacks this season through ten games, the most in the Big Sky.

Dominant defense leads way for Sac State football team

November 19, 2019

Six games into Big Sky play, the 2019 Sacramento State football team has one of the best defenses in the conference. The unprecedented 5-1 start to conference play for the program can largely be attributed...

Sac State senior guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Leafa gets a screen from senior center Joshua Patton against UC Riverside on Friday, Nov. 15 at The Nest. Mauriohooho-Leafa had seven points and a game-high four steals in the win.

Sac State men’s basketball team stings UC Riverside in 62-49 win

Hornets force 18 turnovers as they secure their second win this season
November 15, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team secured its second double-digit victory of the season Friday night after beating the University of California, Riverside 62-49 inside The Nest.  Sac State...

From left to right, Sac State senior football players, defensive lineman George Obinna, defensive back Caelan Barnes and defensive lineman Dariyn Choates pose for a photo after practice. Sac State’s defense has accumulated 38 sacks this season through ten games, the most in the Big Sky.

Dominant defense leads way for Sac State football team

Hornets defense stands among the top 3 in Big Sky
November 15, 2019

Six games into Big Sky play, the 2019 Sacramento State football team has one of the best defenses in the conference. The unprecedented 5-1 start to conference play for the program can largely be attributed...

Sac State senior center Joshua Patton shoots the ball against Simpson on Friday, Nov. 8, at The Nest. Patton had a game-high 20 points on 9-11 from the field.

Sac State men’s basketball team routs Simpson 76-27 in season opener

Joshua Patton leads Hornets to dominant victory with double-double
November 9, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team opened the 2019-20 season with a resounding home win over Simpson University Friday, 76-27.  Sac State (1-0) scored 12 unanswered points to open the game...

From left, Sac State mens basketball seniors, guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Leafa and center Joshua Patton, pose for a photo Monday, Nov. 4 at The Nest. The mens basketball team had a 15-16 record in the 2018-19 season.

Sac State men’s basketball team looks to build upon last season’s success

Hornets return 11 players and four starters for 2019-20 season
November 7, 2019

The 2019-20 Sacramento State men’s basketball team will begin regular season play Friday following a 2018-19 season which ended with the second most wins in program history. Despite this success,...

The Sac State mens basketball team listens to head coach Brian Katz during a timeout on Thursday. The Hornets defeated Montana State 70-67 to improve its record to 14-14.

SPORTS PODCAST: Sac State men’s basketball team previews upcoming season

November 5, 2019

The State Hornet's men’s basketball beat writer Michael Wiggins interviews head coach Brian Katz and seniors, guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa and center Joshua Patton about the upcoming season. Last...

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson hands the ball off to junior running back Elijah Dotson during practice Oct. 8 at the practice field. The No. 15 Hornets play No. 6 Montana at Hornet Stadium Saturday night.

PREVIEW: No. 15 Hornets seek 3-0 start to Big Sky Conference play

Sac State football team matches up with No. 5 University of Montana
October 18, 2019

The No. 15 Sacramento State football team will attempt to remain perfect at home and in Big Sky Conference play when they host No. 5 University of Montana Saturday night for homecoming. For just the...

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson evades Montana State University linebacker Callahan OReilly Saturday, Oct. 12 at Bobcat Stadium.  The Hornets defeated the Bobcats 34-21, earning their first road win of the season.

Sac State football team spoils homecoming game for No. 6 Montana State

Hornets defeat highest ranked opponent in program history
October 13, 2019

The Sacramento State football team scored touchdowns on five straight possessions to take a commanding lead and keep it Saturday, as the Hornets beat No. 6 Montana State 34-21. Sac State (4-2, 2-0 Big-Sky...

Sac State junior wide receiver Isiah Gable scores a 41 yard touchdown against Eastern Washington Saturday, Oct. 5 at Hornet Field. The Hornets defeated the Eagles 48-27.

[Photo] Sac State football team upsets No. 21 Eastern Washington in Big Sky opener

October 6, 2019

Sac State junior wide receiver Isiah Gable scores a 41 yard touchdown against Eastern Washington Saturday, Oct. 5 at Hornet Field. The Hornets defeated the Eagles 48-27.

Sac State freshman running back Marcus Fulcher dives for a touchdown against Northern Colorado Saturday, Sept. 14 at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets will open Big Sky Conference play against Eastern Washington at home Saturday.

PREVIEW: Sac State football team begins Big Sky play after bye week

Hornets return home to host FCS runner-up Eastern Washington
October 3, 2019

Following a bye week, the Hornets football team will be back in action Saturday night when they open Big Sky Conference play against 2018 Football Championship Subdivision runner-up, the Eastern Washington...

The Sacramento State baseball team celebrate a scored run against Stanford University Sunday, June 3 at Sunken Diamond. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 206 into law Monday, allowing for athletes on the baseball and all other teams to potentially monetize their likenesses.

Sac State athletes have mixed opinions on Senate Bill 206 becoming law

Newsom signed Fair Pay to Play Act Monday
October 1, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 206 into law Monday, allowing college athletes in the state to profit off their names and likenesses. The bill, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act,...

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson rushes for a first down against Northern Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets play on the road this Saturday at Fresno State.

PREVIEW: Sac State football team seeks upset at Fresno State

In two home wins, Hornets have outscored opponents 127-19
September 19, 2019

Following a 50-point shutout victory, the Sacramento State football team will attempt to pick up their first road win of the season Saturday at California State University, Fresno. The win against the...

Sac State junior running back Elijah Dotson runs over the Bears defense against Northern Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Hornet Stadium. Dotson had a total of 158 yards receiving and one touchdown in the win.

Sac State football team shuts out Northern Colorado 50-0

Hornets’ dominant defense and opportunistic offense lead the way
September 14, 2019

Sacramento State’s football team held the University of Northern Colorado to 171 total yards and zero points while the offense put up 614 total yards in a 50-0 home blowout win on Saturday night.  For...

Elijah Dotson, Sac State junior running back, poses for a photo after practice on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the practice field. Dotson was named to the All-Big Sky first team in 2018, becoming the first Hornet RB to do so since 2000.

Record-breaking Sac State running back says tradition is key to Hornets’ success

Elijah Dotson remains focused on winning, not individual statistics
September 12, 2019

In just two years at Sacramento State, junior running back Elijah Dotson has compiled numbers and accomplished feats many players wish to see over the course of their entire college career. 1,629 rushing...

Arizona State junior wide receiver Frank Darby catches a pass against Sac State on Friday, Sept. 6 at Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils entered the game as 35 point favorites but narrowly defeated the Hornets 19-7.

Sac State football team shows promise in loss at Arizona State

35-point underdog Hornets put on impressive defensive output against Sun Devils
September 7, 2019

A record-setting performance on defense was not enough for the Sacramento State football team as the Hornets fell to Arizona State by a score of 19-7 Friday night. First-year head coach Troy Taylor...

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