Men's Basketball

Sacramento State’s Marcus Graves receives three Player of the Week honors

Sacramento State sophomore guard Marcus Graves has received three Player of the Week honors after helping lead the Hornets to road wins over Arizona State and Seattle to open the season.

Also, Sac State sophomore guard Maranne Johnson was named the Big Sky Conference women’s Player of the Week after matching her career high with 20 points and grabbing a team-high six rebounds in a 95-86 road victory over Utah State on Saturday.

The 6-foot Graves was named the season’s first Big Sky men’s Player of the Week on Tuesday. The day before, he was selected the Mid-Major College Player of the Week by midmajormadness.com and collegesportsmadness.com.

In the two games, Graves averaged 22 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists, shot 50 percent from the field and had just three turnovers in 78 minutes.

He had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Hornets rallied to beat Arizona State 66-63 on Friday, spoiling Bobby Hurley’s debut as the Sun Devils’ coach. Graves had five points during the Hornets’ game-clinching 19-8 run in the final six minutes.

In a 77-65 win on Sunday over Seattle, Graves had game highs in points (24), assists (five), steals (two) and minutes (39), grabbed five rebounds and didn’t commit a turnover. He had 21 points in the second half, when the Hornets outscored the Redhawks 52-38.

Graves saw limited action for the Hornets last season while backing up Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity as well as senior co-captain Cody Demps. Graves averaged 1.2 points in 5.3 minutes per game, though he had season highs of eight points and 16 minutes in last season’s opener at Gonzaga, a game in which McKinney did not play.

Graves, a first-team all-section selection as a senior at Westview High School in San Diego, hails from an athletic family. His father, Fred, played football at Utah and is the wide receivers coach for the San Diego Chargers. His mother, Michele, was an All-America softball pitcher at Utah and is in the school’s Hall of Fame.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP

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