HUNTSVILLE -- When Sam Houston State plays host to Texas Lutheran Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum, the Bearkats will be attempting to do what no SHSU men's basketball squad has done since 1973 - win their first seven games in a row.
The Bearkats have started the 2007-08 season with six consecutive victories, defeating Texas Tech, Fresno State, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee along with Dallas Baptist, Saint Gregory's and Hardin-Simmons.
The last time an SHSU squad was 6-0 to start the year was in 1980, but the 1980 lost in its seventh game of the year to Texas A&M. The 1973 Lone Star Conference championship wnet 28-0 before falling in the second round of the NAIA national tournament to roll up the Kats' all-time top season victory mark.
Texas Lutheran brings an 0-5 record to Huntsville. The Bulldogs are led by
6-3 Houston Westside product Nate Walton who is averaging 14.5 points per
Sam Houston State is 5-0 at home in Johnson Coliseum this year and own the
nation's third longest non-conference home winning streak with 41
consecutive victories. Duke leads the nation with 55 wins and Utah State is
second with 47. The Bearkats' last home non-conference loss was to Texas A&M
73-70 during Head Coach Bob Marlin's first season at SHSU in 1998-99. Sam
Houston is 102-22 at home under Marlin.
Seniors Ryan Bright and Shamir McDads niel are leading the Bearkats.
McDaniel is averaging 12.5 points per game including a team-leading 13 of 29
three point shots. Bright is averaging 12.3 points and 12.2 rebounds per
contest. Bright pulled down a career high 15 rebounds in Sam Houston's 81-77
road victory last week at Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Following the Texas Lutheran game, Sam Houston plays two road games
traveling to Saint Louis on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Texas Southern on
Saturday, Dec. 15.