John Dickson had 11 points and Joe Eberhard five points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets (6-3, 1-0 Big Sky), who never trailed in their first home game since Nov. 27 and first contest in 11 days due to final exams.
Antonio Biglow's 3-pointer got Montana State within 57-54 with 58 seconds remaining, but Sacramento State made 5 of 6 free-throw attempts down the stretch to protect its lead.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.