Close again, and still no cigar.

Antonio Biglow hit a 3-pointer with 58 seconds to play in Sacramento against Sacramento State, but the Hornets closed the game by hitting five-of-six free throws in the final 41 ticks for a 62-57 Big Sky Conference victory. MSU (2-7, 0-2) got another 3-pointer from Biglow with three seconds left, but shot 6-for-25 from downtown overall and hit five of them in the final 4:17 of the contest.

Mikh McKinney’s 21 points led Sacramento State (6-3, 1-0); the Hornets got 19 points from Konner Veteto and 11 from John Dickson as Brian Katz’s squad answered every time MSU pulled within single digits.

The Bobcats’ first and only 3-pointer for most of the contest — sunk by Marcus Colbert with 7:42 to play in the first period for an 18-17 deficit — was quickly turned into a five-point lead as McKinney hit a free throw, then a 3-pointer after the Hornets snared the offensive rebound.

Sacramento State’s lead ballooned to 14 points (39-25) on a John Dickson 3-pointer before the visiting team cut it to five on Xavier Blount’s two free throws at the 6:20 mark. Flavien Davis’ layup gave MSU a 48-43 deficit one minute later, but it was the last field goal the Bobcat attempted from inside the arc until there was 27 seconds left and the deficit was 59-54.

Blount’s 15 points led MSU again, and Egwuonwu added 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Bobcats are off until Dec. 29, when they host Northwest Indian College, which won the 2011-2012 national American Indian Higher Education Consortium tournament.