Harris' big night leads Kats past HBU

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HUNTSVILLE- Sam Houston State led wire-to-wire and canned a dozen 3-point baskets, knocking off Houston Baptist in convincing fashion, 81-68, on Saturday evening at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

Sam Houston (10-8, 4-1 SLC) was red hot from downtown going 12-for-23 on the night, including a stretch of 15 straight points off the 3-ball to close out the first half. Sam Houston led by as much as 19 in the game.

The win is the fourth game in a row with Sam Houston surpassing the 80-point mark, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 2001.

Marcus Harris turned in a big game, reaching double figures for the fourth straight time out, leading the team with a career-high 27 points while adding three rebounds and a steal.

Christopher Galbreath Jr. notched his seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds in only 17 minutes of action. Albert Almanza and John Dewey III added nine points apiece with each hitting three from downtown.

Oliver Lynch-Daniels led the Huskies (4-14, 0-5 SLC) with 20 points off of 6-for-9 shooting from 3-point land. David Caraher was a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and Braxton Bonds was two assists away from a double-double with 11 points.

UP NEXT
The Bearkats will end their two-game homestand when they host Northwestern State on Wednesday January 17. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum.

HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST HALF
The Kats started off the first half right where they left off on Wednesday in Corpus Christi with a quick 7-0 run to start the contest. The Huskies would then bring it to within three after an Edward Hardt free throw, but the Kats answered back rattling off nine unanswered to lead 21-9 with 11:32 remaining. The Bearkat offense momentarily stalled after the quick run scoring only three in the next six and a half minutes as the Huskies brought it to within two when Caraher knocked down a jumper.

The Bearkats then caught fire from distance as they went on to score their next 15 points off of five triples in the final five minutes. Almanza started the long-range barrage making two of his own while Josh Delaney joined the party with two as well and Harris threw his hat into the ring with a trifecta of his own.

The Kats held the Huskies to just 12-28 shooting from the floor in the first 20 minutes to taking a 39-35 advantage into the locker room. The Kats cashed in on the eight Husky first-half turnovers turning them into 10 points while the Sam Houston bench outscored HBU’s 16-10.

HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE SECOND HALF
The Huskies tied the game 39-39 thanks to a quick four points out of the locker room, and the Kats responded in a big way with a game-defining 11-0 run to lead 50-39 with 14:20 left. The Huskies never got within six after that with the Kats maintaining a chokehold on the lead the remaining 14 minutes.

The game inside the paint was hard-fought with both teams scoring 22 points in the paint. The Bearkats lost the turnover battle 14-15 but flipped the script in the points off turnover battle outscoring the Huskies 24-8.