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Sacramento State tops the Bobcats 79-75 in Big Sky 1st round

RENO, Nevada (AP) Justin Strings scored 25 points and made four 3-pointers to help No. 10 seed Sacramento State beat seventh-seeded Montana State 79-75 on Tuesday night in the first round of the Big Sky tournament.

Strings hit a key 3-pointer with 1:54 left to give the Hornets a 72-66 lead. He also made two free throws at the 29-second mark for an eight-point lead. Nick Hornsby added two at the stripe with 3.8 seconds remaining for a two-possession lead.

Sacramento State (14-16) will face No. 2 seed Montana (19-10) in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday.

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Leaders
Points: T. Hall18.6
Rebounds: Z. Green5.5
Assists: M. Colbert5.1
FG%: T. Hall45.7%
FT%: T. Hall86.7%
3P%: T. Hall43.0%
Steals: M. Colbert1.1
Blocks: Q. Everett0.5
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas33-5
2 Michigan State29-6
3 North Carolina33-7
4 Virginia29-8
5 Oregon31-7
6 Villanova35-5
7 Oklahoma29-8
8 West Virginia26-9
9 Xavier28-6
10 Miami (FL)27-8
10 Kentucky27-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova35-5
2 North Carolina33-7
3 Kansas33-5
4 Oklahoma29-8
5 Virginia29-8
6 Oregon31-7
7 Michigan State29-6
8 Miami (FL)27-8
9 Indiana27-8
10 Syracuse23-14
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Big Sky Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Weber State 15-3 26-9
Montana 14-4 21-12
Idaho 12-6 21-13
Idaho State 11-7 16-15
Eastern Washington 10-8 18-16
North Dakota 10-8 17-16
Montana State 9-9 14-17
Portland State 8-10 13-18
Northern Colorado 7-11 10-21
Sacramento State 6-12 14-17
Southern Utah 3-15 5-24
Northern Arizona 3-15 5-25
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 76.4 (92)
Rebounds: 12.7 (50)
Assists: 12.6 (224)
FG%: 43.4% (207)
FT%: 68.6% (222)
3P%: 37.3% (50)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 77.8 (305)
Rebounds: 24.7 (229)
Assists: 13.1 (179)
FG%: 47.3% (334)
FT%: 68.3% (90)
3P%: 36.7% (293)
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