Men's Basketball

Dylan Garrity’s clutch three ends Sac State’s 15-game losing streak to Montana

The Hornets bench erupts in the final seconds of the game between the Sacramento State Hornets and the Montana Grizzlies at Sac State in Sacramento on Saturday, January 31, 2015. A baseline jump shot with 5 seconds remaining in the game put the Hornets ahead 70-69 for a come-from-behind victory.
The Hornets bench erupts in the final seconds of the game between the Sacramento State Hornets and the Montana Grizzlies at Sac State in Sacramento on Saturday, January 31, 2015. A baseline jump shot with 5 seconds remaining in the game put the Hornets ahead 70-69 for a come-from-behind victory. rbenton@sacbee.com

The night started with Kim Garrity delivering a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies to media row.

It ended with her son Dylan Garrity delivering a savory corner three-pointer with 6 seconds to go, then joining his Sacramento State teammates as they survived a frantic final few seconds with two near-miss shots to win it. And then the students flooded the floor to celebrate.

The upstart Hornets, never short of effort, desire and dramatics, beat Montana 70-69 on Saturday night in a battle for first place in the Big Sky Conference at the Nest.

An announced crowd of more than 1,400 squeezed in to watch Garrity overcome a slow start to end big, his second make of the night proving to be his biggest shot since draining the famed 75-foot “Hail Garrity” shot nearly a year ago today to stun Weber State 78-75 in overtime in this same venue.

“I couldn’t believe how wide open I was,” Garrity said of his latest effort, still collecting his breath and senses. “I didn’t play well early and had a slow start, and Montana played great defense, but it’s every kid’s dream to do this.

That guy Garrity, he’s making a habit of it. His coach ribbed him for not getting hot earlier.

“Told him if he shot more earlier we might’ve won by 20,” joked Brian Katz.

Montana (11-9, 7-2) had beaten the Hornets (15-6. 9-1) 15 consecutive times, dating to 2007. Katz, in his seventh season, was 0-12 against the longtime powers from the cold country.

Sac State emerged alone in first in the Big Sky in moving to 10-1 at home this season, including 6-0 in conference play. The Hornets have won six consecutive games, the program’s best such streak since 1988.

And more: These 15 victories mark the most in a single season for the Hornets in the Division I era, which started in 1991. Longtime fans insisted Saturday was the most festive and loud the Nest has been – ever.

The crowd included students and fans young and old. The thick-bodied sort decked out in Hornets green who couldn’t sit still and led group cheers was Chris Demps. He’s the father of versatile Hornets guard Cody Demps, who had seven early points and finished with 18.

“I got the biggest hug after the game, from Mr. Demps, always my favorite,” Garrity said.

Cody Demps, a junior out of Pleasant Grove High School, said it took a team effort to rally from 13 down in the second half. He raved about the Hornets’ effort. Oh, and Garrity’s winner.

“I had the perfect view, and it looked good and it was good,” Demps said.

Sac State was again balanced as Mikh McKinney overcame an early leg tweak to score 18 points. Eric Stutevillescored 13 points, including nine from the free-throw line, and Garrity scored 10. The unsung play was delivered by forward Nick Hornsby, who dove for a loose ball, tying it up to gain possession, the Hornets down 69-67 with 31.1 seconds to go.

After Garrity’s shot, Montana called time out with 5 seconds left.

The Grizzlies had a three-pointer rim out and a putback at the buzzer just miss, allowing the Hornets to collectively exhale, and then brace for the crush of fans.

Montana’s Brandon Gfeller scored 20 points.

Women

Montana 94, Sacramento State 86 in Missoula – The Hornets rallied from 15 down to take an 84-82 lead on two Gretchen Harrigan free throws with 2 minutes, 35 seconds to play before the Grizzlies (15-5, 8-1) ended the game on a 12-2 run. Maranne Johnson led the Hornets (9-12, 7-3) with 20 points. Hallie Gennett scored 15.

MEN’S GAME SUMMARY

SACRAMENTO STATE 70, MONTANA 69

Montana (11-9)

Breunig 4-7 3-5 11, Krslovic 1-4 0-1 2, Dunn 6-10 0-0 14, Gregory 4-11 3-5 11, Gfeller 6-8 2-3 20, Bradshaw 0-1 0-0 0, Lopez 0-2 0-0 0, Weisner 4-7 0-1 11. Totals: 25-50 8-15 69.

Sacramento State (15-6)

Hornsby 2-6 3-4 7, E. Stuteville 2-3 9-15 13, Demps 6-8 4-5 18, Garrity 2-7 4-4 10, McKinney 5-9 6-6 18, Barlett 0-1 0-0 0, Mills 1-4 0-0 2, Tiffin 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 19-41 26-34 70.

Halftime—Sacramento State 32-30. Three-point goals—Montana 11-21 (Gfeller 6-8, Weisner 3-5, Dunn 2-4, Lopez 0-1, Bradshaw 0-1, Gregory 0-2); Sacramento State 6-15 (Demps 2-2, McKinney 2-5, Garrity 2-6, Mills 0-2). Fouled out—Breunig, Gfeller. Rebounds—Montana 30 (Gfeller 5, Gregory 5); Sacramento State 26 (Demps 5, Hornsby 5, E. Stuteville 5). Assists—Montana 19 (Dunn 5); Sacramento State 10 (McKinney 6). Total fouls—Montana 25; Sacramento State 13. Technical fouls—Sacramento State bench. A—1,407.


WOMEN’S GAME SUMMARY

MONTANA 94, SACRAMENTO STATE 86

Sacramento State (9-12)

Gennett 5-15 3-3 15, Burgos 3-6 0-0 9, Burse 1-5 3-4 5, Crenshaw 1-3 0-0 3, Johnson 7-14 2-2 20, Hilliard 3-14 2-7 8, Huntington 5-7 0-0 11, Daniels 0-1 2-2 2, Harrigan 2-6 3-4 7, Chenier 2-6 0-0 6. Totals: 28-77 15-22 86.

Montana (15-5)

Valley 6-10 2-2 17, Rickman 6-11 0-0 12, Selvig 2-4 0-2 4, Feller 6-16 2-2 16, Rubel 3-5 9-10 15, Staudacher 1-1 0-1 2, Sims 3-5 1-2 8, Doran 3-8 2-2 9, Isaak 1-2 0-0 2, Gilham 3-8 0-0 9. Totals: 34-70 16-21 94.

Halftime—Sacramento State 47-46. Three-point goals—Sacramento State 15-37 (Gennett 4-13, Burgos 3-3, Crenshaw 1-2, Johnson 4-9, Hilliard 0-2, Huntington 1-1, Harrigan 0-1, Chenier 2-6); Montana 10-26 (Valley 3-4, Rickman 0-1, Selvig 0-1, Feller 2-8, Sims 1-1, Doran 1-3, Isaak 0-1, Gilham 3-7). Fouled out—Burse, Selvig. Rebounds—Sacramento State 38 (Huntington 9); Montana 56 (Rickman 9). Assists—Sacramento State 17 (Hilliard 11); Montana 24 (Rubel 7). Total fouls—Sacramento State 21; Montana 18. A—3,301.

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