Men's Basketball

Sacramento State men play Seattle following upset win over Arizona State

Coming off a victory over the Pac-12’s Arizona State, Sacramento State men’s basketball returns to action Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, aty Seattle University. Hornets coach Brian Katz, pictured, left, speaking with Sacramento State captains Nick Hornsby, middle, and Cody Demps during a recent practice, takes his team into KeyArena, where the Hornets lost 66-47 in 2014.
Coming off a victory over the Pac-12’s Arizona State, Sacramento State men’s basketball returns to action Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, aty Seattle University. Hornets coach Brian Katz, pictured, left, speaking with Sacramento State captains Nick Hornsby, middle, and Cody Demps during a recent practice, takes his team into KeyArena, where the Hornets lost 66-47 in 2014. aseng@sacbee.com

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team, coming off a 66-63 upset win at Arizona State on Friday, plays at 2 p.m. Sunday at Seattle University.

The Hornets (1-0) used a 19-8 run in the final six minutes to stun Arizona State and ruin the debut of new coach Bobby Hurley. Sac State Senior Cody Demps, making his 64th consecutive start, and sophomore Marcus Graves, making his first start, combined for 42 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Both also were huge down the stretch against the Sun Devils.

It was the third time in coach Brian Katz’ eight-year tenure that the Hornets have defeated a Pac-12 team.

Seattle opened the season with a 58-56 home loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Friday night in the Elgin Baylor Classic, a game that the Redhawks saw slip away when the Lions scored the game’s final five points.

Jack Crook, a 6-foot-11 senior from Manchester, England, led the Redhawks in scoring with 11 points and also had eight rebounds. All-Preseason WAC forward William Powell had 10 points and nine rebounds and guard Brendan Westendorf nine points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

The teams have met just four times with Seattle holding a 3-1 advantage. The Redhawks beat Sac State 66-47 last year at KeyArena. The 19-point defeat was the second-worst loss of the season for the Hornets, trailing only a 104-58 loss at Gonzaga.

The Hornets are coming off a record-setting season in which they finished 21-12 overall and 13-5 in the By Sky Conference, both bests during the Division I era dating back to 1991.

Seattle, coached by former UCLA player Cameron Dollar, also had its best record as a D-I program in 46 years. The Redhawks finished with an 18-16 record and played in the 2015 championship game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament last year.

The Redhawks advanced to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament, which included home victories over Pepperdine and Colorado.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP

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