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Sacramento State's Jordan Salley maneuvers against Montana State's Flavien Davis in the first half. The Hornets finished 14-15.

Local college basketball: Hornets miss tourney berth

Published: Sunday, Mar. 10, 2013 - 2:00 am | Page 3C

Montana State used a 22-6 run over the final 6 1/2 minutes to defeat Sacramento State 71-55 Saturday in Bozeman, Mont., according to Sac State's athletics website.

The Hornets, hoping to qualify for the Big Sky Conference tournament for the first time since 2005-06, were eliminated when host Montana later defeated Northern Arizona 63-50.

Sac State dipped below .500 for the first time this season, finishing at 14-15 overall and 8-12 in the Big Sky.

The Hornets dropped five of their last six Big Sky games and their last seven conference road games.

Montana State improved to 13-16 and 10-10.

John Dickson, Dylan Garrity and Mikh McKinney each scored 13 points for Sac State.

UC Irvine 88, UC Davis 85 at the Pavilion – UC Davis' Corey Hawkins scored a game-high 21 points, but the Anteaters rallied from a 19-point halftime deficit to upend the Aggies, UCD reported on its athletics website.

The Aggies ended the regular season 14-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big West Conference.

UC Irvine, led by 18 points each from Will Davis II and Michael Wilder, improved to 18-14 and 11-7.

Sixth-seeded UC Davis will face third-seeded Cal Poly on Thursday in the Big West tournament in Anaheim.

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Sac State 80, Montana 71 at the Nest – Sac State defeated Montana for just the second time in school history, and the Hornets locked up the No. 5 seed in the Big Sky tournament, according to Sac State's athletics website.

The Hornets (18-11, 13-7) ended the regular season with a Division I program-record 18 wins. The Big Sky regular-season champion Lady Griz (22-7, 16-4) lost for just the second time in their last 13 games.

Sac State will meet No. 4 seed Idaho State on Wednesday in the first round of the Big Sky tournament in Missoula, Mont.

Sac State's Natasha Torgerson, a senior playing in her final game at home, finished with a career-high 22 points, including 5 of 10 from three-point range.

Pacific 59, UC Davis 54 at the Pavilion – Sydnee Fipps scored 18 points and freshman Molly Greubel 16 for the Aggies, but Pacific pulled away down the stretch and won the Big West title, UCD reported.

UC Davis ended the regular season 12-17 overall and 7-11 in the Big West. The Tigers won their fifth straight, improving to 24-6 and 14-4.

Both teams advance to this week's Big West tournament in Irvine. The seventh-seeded Aggies will face sixth-seeded Cal State Northridge in the first round on Tuesday night.

– Bee Sports staff

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