Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Mikh McKinney tallied 21 points to lead the Sacramento State Hornets clipped the Montana State Bobcats, 62-57, in a Big Sky Conference matchup at The Nest.
Konner Veteto added 19 points and nine assists for Sacramento State (6-3, 1-0 Big Sky) as it snapped a two-game losing slide. John Dickson netted 11 points and Joe Eberhard grabbed a game-high total of 10 rebounds.
Xavier Blount paced Montana State (2-7, 0-2) with 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the floor. Paul Egwuonwu contributed 10 points and seven boards as the Bobcats suffered their second setback in a row and sixth loss in seven outings.
Despite converting only 34.6 percent of their field goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes, the Hornets took a 28-21 lead into the intermission. Montana State was ice cold in the first half with just nine makes on 28 field goal attempts including just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc.
The Bobcats trailed by as many as 14 after the break before storming back to cut the deficit to three points with a make from distance by Antonio Biglow with just under a minute remaining on the clock. McKinney drained a pair of free throws to end the threat on Sacramento State's next possession. Montana State scored eight points off of turnovers in the second half to help narrow the margin on the scoreboard.
The Hornets held a 43-34 edge in the rebounding battle and outscored the visitors 17-11 at the free throw line.