SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Marcus Graves scored 12 points with 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Sacramento State beat NAIA Simpson 76-52 in the Hornets' season opener on Friday night.
Graves' triple double was the first in the history of the program. Ethan Esposito led Sacramento State in scoring with 20 on 7-of-9 shooting.
The Red Hawks proved feisty early and Blake Trent hit a 3-pointer to bring Simpson within 16-15 with 10:57 left before halftime. Sacramento State gradually pulled away when Esposito hit a 3-pointer, Calvin Martin made a layup and Esposito added a free throw and the Hornets were up 34-21 with 1:42 left before halftime.