David Patrick’s Sacramento State used a 27-15 run over the final 11:16 to snatch its second road win, as they knocked off Denver, 73 - 69, at Hamilton Gymnasium.
In a game where neither team led by more than eight points, and featured 11 ties and five lead changes, Sacramento State scored 40 second-half points on 60 percent (15-of-25) shooting.
After Denver took their largest lead at 54-46 with just under 12 minutes to play, Sacramento State began to scratch their way back into the game. In fact, an immediate 7-0 run had Sacramento State within a point at the eight-minute mark.
Denver was able to maintain a small advantage until Cameron Wilbon hit perhaps the biggest shot of the game. With the score tied at 62-62 and 3:29 to play, Wilbon buried a 24-footer that just beat the shot clock and gave Sacramento State the lead for good. Sacramento State increased its lead to six points on two occasions during the final two minutes before eventually getting the win. There were some tense moments as Denver had a chance to tie late, but Tommy Bruner's contested 3-point attempt with four seconds left was off the mark.
During the game-closing run, five different Sacramento State players scored, including Wilbon putting up 10 of his career-high tying 19 points. Also scoring during the spurt were Zach Chappell (6), Callum McRae (4), Akol Mawein (4), and Gianni Hunt (2).