Joshua Patton posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Sacramento State opened its season with a 76-27 victory over NAIA member Simpson University on Friday night.
Patton knocked down 9 of 11 shots from the floor for the Hornets and six of his rebounds came on offense. Ethan Esposito and reserve Bryce Fowler scored 11 apiece, while Jordan Cooke-Harper snagged 11 rebounds off the bench.
Kon Anguik topped the Red Hawks with 11 points.
Sac State opened against Simpson last season and earned a 76-52 victory. The Hornets lead the all-time series 5-0. Sac State improved to 10-19 in season openers since becoming a Division I school.