Cody Demps is getting used to long road trips now that he’s a basketball player at Sacramento State, a school that is a member of the Big Sky Conference.
“Yeah, it’s not 20 minute bus rides any more,” he chuckled.
That’s what just about every road game meant for the 6-4 shooting forward when he was the man who primarily guarded the top-opposing scorer while he played high school ball at Pleasant Grove.
Traveling in the Big Sky means you are visiting spots like Montana, Montana State, Idaho and North Dakota during their coldest months.
But, when his Hornet squad is playing at home, in the diminutive Hornets’ Nest with his capacity of 1.012, everything is nice and warm. That’s been especially the case this season.
Sacramento State, for the first time in anyone’s memory, is in first place entering the final week-and-a-half of the season. A 13-1 record this year at home, including a perfect 9-0 mark for Big Sky games has brought out even the casual fans.
And Demps has absolutely loved it.
“I am not surprised we are where we are right now because we have put in the work,” he said. “But, what is a little surprising is to see all the overwhelming support we’ve got.”
The Hornets are the only team in the league not to lose a conference home game.
The Hornets are performing at a level that the area hasn’t seen in quite a while. It’s been since 1988 that a Sacramento State team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The last league championship was in 1976-77 when a member of the Far Western Conference.
They’ve never won a Big Sky basketball championship since joining that league in 1996.