RENO, Nev. (AP) Nick Hornsby and Marcus Graves combined for 29 second half points and finished with 18 apiece to lead No. 7 seed Sacramento State to a 91-76 win over tenth-seeded Idaho State in the opening round of the Big Sky Conference tournament Tuesday night.
Trailing by two at the break, Sacramento State overtook the Bengals with a 16-3 run early in the second half to go up 63-54 with 9:07 to play and never trailed again. Eric Stuteville had six points in the go-ahead run and Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa had a 3-pointer.
Mauriohooho-Le'afa hit another 3 just over two minutes later to stretch the advantage to 70-60 and Sacramento State led by double figures from there.
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The Hornets (13-17) will play No. 2 seed Eastern Washington in Thursday's quarterfinal round.
Justin Strings added 17 points and Stuteville finished with 10 for Sacramento State, which got 25 second-chance points to Idaho State's two.
Ethan Telfair's 22 points and 10 rebounds led three Idaho State (5-26) players in double figures.