For the week of December 5-11, Mid-Major Madness has selected Sacramento State guard Zach Chappell as the Mid-Major Player of the Week with the senior managing back-to-back game-winning performances to help the Hornets reach 5-5.
The 2022-23 campaign marks Chappell’s third and final season at Sacramento State after he transferred from San Jose State. The Sacramento native is averaging a career-high of 15.7 point per game and an additional 3.1 rebounds per contest, 1.9 assists a night and 1.2 steals per game.
Following four consecutive losses for the Hornets, Chappell carried his teammates back to winning ways beginning with an 87-85 overtime win against Denver on Dec. 7. Here, Chappell would produce a team-leading 25 points and a pair of assists, but it would take a game-winning layup just before the buzzer to secure victory.
Chappell's game winner! Hornets beat Denver in overtime, 87-85. #StingersUp pic.twitter.com/g4pzhvyZSw— Sacramento State Men's Basketball (@SacHornetsMBB) December 8, 2022
Furthermore, Chappell shot 62% from the field, 75% from 3-point range, and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line for the Hornets to earn a fourth win on the season.
Just days later on Dec. 10, Chappell would build on Sacramento State’s momentum with another season-high of 25 points and five rebounds while shooting 60% from the floor and once again going perfect from the line.
However, it would take yet another buzzer-beater for Chappell to pick up the 76-74 win over Long Beach State as he carved up the Beach defense for his second last-chance layup of the week.
.@officialrockyyy CALLED GAME #ExperienceElevated pic.twitter.com/9oEcrJJFeh— Big Sky Conference (@BigSkyConf) December 11, 2022
This Big Sky season has been off to an interesting start with the conference leaders in Montana State sitting 6-5 and just one win above four programs that are all tied for second at 5-5.
Despite Sacramento State being selected sixth in the Big Sky’s Preseason Poll, behind Chappell’s impressive offensive production, keep an eye on the Hornets with conference play fast approaching.
RayJ Dennis (Toledo) - Opening the week with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists against Northern Iowa. Dennis closed the week out just shy of a double-double over Canisius with 29 points, nine rebounds and six assists as the Rockets picked up back-to-back wins.
Nelly Junior Joseph (Iona) - Helping the Gaels to keep rolling with two massive victories, Joseph managed 16 points, five rebounds and two blocks against Saint Louis before a double-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks over St. Bonaventure at Barclays Center.