Galbreath named first-team All-SLC

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FRISCO – The Southland Conference released its all-conference teams on Monday afternoon with a pair of Sam Houston State Bearkats earning honors, led by Christopher Galbreath Jr., who was named to the league’s first team. John Dewey III was an honorable mention selection.

Galbreath is the first Bearkat to make an all-SLC first team since Gilberto Clavell in 2011 and the 14th all-time to earn the honor. He led the Bearkats in both points (15.2 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg) this season and ranks in the top 10 in both categories among Southland Conference players. Junior point guard John Dewey III was also an honorable mention selection.

He connected on 49.2 percent of his shots from the floor and was 33.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. His 11 double-doubles (points-rebounds) are the most of any SLC player. Galbreath has started all 31 games for Sam Houston, scoring in double figures 26 times. That includes seven games where he scored at least 20 points and a key stretch of non-conference games at Baylor, Ole Miss, Little Rock and LSU that saw him average 20.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

Recently, Galbreath also produced a 33-point, 14-rebound night at HBU on Feb. 17 that was the most points scored by a Bearkat since Clavell had 34 in a win at Auburn in 2009. He will enter this weekend’s Southland Conference Tournament having scored in double digits in seven of his last eight games.

Additionally, he led the team in scoring 14 times and in rebounding 19 times.

“I'm extremely proud and happy for Chris,” Bearkat head coach Jason Hooten said. “He has worked tremendously hard on his game and really improved in every facet of his game. He is well deserving of this honor.”

Dewey was an honorable mention choice as a junior, just one year after earning third-team all-league as a sophomore. He has averaged 9.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists this year while shooting 35 percent from the floor. He also has connected on 85.9 percent of his foul shots, a mark that ranks him second in the Southland.

“John has had two good years and been a solid and consistent player for us,” Hooten said. “He has really worked hard to improve his 3-point shooting percentage and on-ball defense and it is rewarding to see that hard work recognized by others around the league.”

The Bearkats finished the regular season at 18-13 overall and in fourth place in the SLC with a 12-6 mark. They will enter the Southland Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will face off with either No. 5 New Orleans or No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in the quarterfinals of the event. With a win they would advance to face top-seeded Southeastern Louisiana on Friday for a berth in Saturday’s championship game.