Sacramento State 63, North Dakota 61: Zach Mills scored a season-high 17 points off the bench for the Hornets, but it was the All-Big Sky guard McKinney who hit the game-winner.
Cody Demps tied the game at 59-59 on a jumper with 1:08 to play. McKinney’s game-winner came after a miss by North Dakota’s Jaron Nash with 22 second left.
No team led by more than eight points. There were nine ties and six lead changes. Sacramento State entered 0-3 at North Dakota. McKinney finished with 13 points. Alex Tiffen netted 12 off the bench.
Carson Shanks scored a team-high 14 points off the bench for UND, which shot .511 percent from the field. Nash added 11 points and nine rebounds in the loss. UND fell to 1-2.
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The Big Sky Conference (BSC) is collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I, with football competing in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Member institutions include Eastern Washington, Idaho State, University of Montana, Montana State, University of North Dakota, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah, and Weber State. UC Davis and Cal Poly are football-only participants. The Big Sky sponsors championships in 15 sports, including men’s and women’s basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country, and tennis. There are championships in football and women’s volleyball, golf, soccer, and softball.