Sacramento State's Mikh McKinney scored a season-high 30 points, and the Hornets used a late 8-0 run to take control of the game and defeat Portland State 77-71 in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday evening at the Nest, Sac State reported.
With the victory, Sac State (12-10, 7-7) has its most overall wins (12) since the 2005-06 season, most Big Sky victories (seven) since the 2004-05 season, and most home wins (nine) since the 2004-05 season. With seven games left in the season, the Hornets are trying to become the first team during the program's Division I era (since 1991) to finish the overall season above .500.
The Hornets are 9-3 at home and in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Big Sky standings with Montana State and North Dakota. The top seven teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky tournament, and Sac State is looking for its first trip to the conference's postseason event since the 2005-06 season.
Cal Poly 68, UC Davis 53 in San Luis Obispo The Mustangs (11-11, 7-5 Big West Conference) rode the three-point shooting of Dylan Royer to defeat the Aggies (9-13, 5-6), UC Davis reported.
Ryan Sypkens, who scored 17 points to lead the Aggies, tied Fowzi Abdelsamad's school record for three-pointers in a season with 83, set in 2004-05.
UC Davis 79, Cal Poly 69 The Aggies raced to an 11-0 start to snap the visiting Mustangs' (13-9, 7-4 Big West) three-game winning streak, UC Davis reported.
The Aggies (10-12, 5-6) were led by Sydnee Fipps' 18 points and a career-best 18 from freshman Celia Marfone.
The Aggies made 10 of 20 three-pointers, two each from Fipps, Marfone and Molly Greubel.
Sacramento State 88, Portland State 82 in Portland, Ore. The Hornets (13-9, 8-5 Big Sky) defeated the Vikings (11-12, 5-9) for the fourth straight time behind Fantasia Hilliard's 28 points, Sacramento State reported.
The Hornets, who led by 15 points in the second half, had to withstand a surge by Portland State, which closed the gap to 67-64 with 7:32 left.
Megan Kritscher, who broke a Hornets single-season record for blocked shots Thursday, had five more blocks. She has 90 blocked shots this season and needs 10 more to match the Big Sky single-season record of 100.