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Sac State And UC Davis Basketball Teams Advance In Conference Tournaments

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UC Davis student Brandon Hassid cheers for his team during the NCAA college basketball game between UC Davis and Cal State Northridge in the Big West Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. UC Davis won 71-67.

Jae C. Hong / AP

(AP) - The men's basketball teams at Sacramento State and UC Davis both won Thursday, moving to the semifinals in their respective tournaments.

Sacramento State beat Portland State 70-60 in the Big Sky Conference quarterfinals.

Mikh McKinney scored 24 points, Dylan Garrity added 22 and third-seeded Sacramento State beat sixth-seeded Portland State 70-60 in the Big Sky Conference quarterfinals on Thursday.

Cody Demps added 13 points for the Hornets (20-10), who advanced to a semifinal game with No. 2 seed Eastern Washington on Friday.

McKinney, the Big Sky MVP, hit a 3-pointer that gave Sacramento State a 60-54 lead with 2:27 left. Garrity followed with a steal and jumper 24 seconds later to make the lead eight and Demps sank all six free throws in the final 1:06.

The trio of McKinney, Garrity and Demps accounted for all but 11 of Sacramento State's points.

Gary Winston did his best to keep the Vikings (15-14) close at the end, scoring 10 of his 26 points in the final 4:34.

 Portland State led 31-27 at halftime, but the Hornets took the lead for good at 49-47.

In the Big West, UC Davis beat Cal State Northridge 71-to-67.

Josh Ritchart scored 21 points and Big West Player of the Year Corey Hawkins had 13 of his 15 in the second half to rally UC-Davis to a 71-67 win over CS Northridge on Thursday in the opening game of the conference tournament.

Ritchart hit 6 of 8 shots, including 5 of 6 behind the arc to offset an off night for Hawkins, the nation's leading 3-pointer shooter (49.7 percent) who hit just 1 of 5 treysThe Hornets (20-10) take on number-two seed Eastern Washington Friday.

After Stephan Hicks made two free throws to tie the game, Tyler Les hit a 3-pointer at 5:51 to put Davis up for good. Ritchart sandwiched a pair of 3s around a Hawkins free throw to make it 64-56 with 3:22 left.

Aaron Parks had 21 points and Stephen Maxwell added 19 for Northridge.

The top-seeded Aggies face fifth-seeded Hawaii Friday.

In the Big Sky Conference Women's tournament, Sacramento State beat Montana State, 78-to-62 Wednesday. The Hornets play Northern Colorado at 10 a.m. Friday.

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