College Sports

Sac State men’s basketball plays home opener Friday night

Sacramento State, off to a 2-0 start after road wins over Arizona State and Seattle, will play Holy Names in its home opener 7:05 p.m. Friday at The Nest.

It also will be Ernest Tschannen Appreciation Day.

The Orangevale philanthropist, who recently made a $750,000 donation toward the building of a campus events center, will be honored at halftime.

The game also will mark the first extended minutes to be played on the Hornets’ home court by sophomore guard Marcus Graves.

The 6-foot San Diego native had 42 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and made just three turnovers in 78 total minutes in Sac State’s first two games.

He was named national Mid-Major Player of the Week by two media outlets and received Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors.

Graves played sparingly last year as a freshman while backing up then-senior guards Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity.

Holy Names is a Division II school that has started the season 1-2.

A win over the Oakland school would give the Hornets just their third 3-0 start since the school opened in 1948 and first since the 2012-2013 season. The best start to a season in school history was 4-0 by the 1999-2000 team.

The Hornets hope to continue their home-court dominance that saw them go 13-2 inside The Nest last season.

Friday also is the first of a season-long four-game homestand that will see the Hornets also play UC Davis on Tuesday, South Dakota Nov. 28 and Pacific Nov. 29.

The Hornets are one spot out of the Mid-Major Top 25 poll, and they are receiving the most votes of any team currently not among the top 25.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP