HOUSTON - The Sam Houston State men's basketball team went on the road and survived a scare Saturday afternoon at the H&PE Arena in Houston, edging Texas Southern 54-51 to improve to 9-0 on the season.
Leading by just three at the half, the Bearkats were unable to put away the scrappy Tigers in the second half. The Kats extended the lead to eight several times in the final 20 minutes, but each time the Tigers were able to cut back in the lead and make a game of it.
With less than a minute to play, the Bearkats had a chance to put the game away, but Shamir McDaniel missed the front-end of a one-and-one with the Bearkats leading 52-49. Texas Southern came down the other way with a chance to tie the game, but a 3-pointer by David Burrell rimmed out.
Jeremy Thomas was fouled and hit both free-throws putting the Kats up by five. The Tigers scored an uncontested lay-up at the end of the game given the Kats the 3-point victory.
Thomas only played 10 minutes for the Kats, but he finished the night with 10 points, including a pair of big 3-pointers to keep the Kats in the lead in the second half
Ryan Bright also had a huge night for the Kats with 13 points, but his
biggest impact was felt on the glass. Bright pulled down a career high 17 rebounds as the Kats outrebounded TSU 44-28.
DeLuis Ramirez led the Kats with 16 points, also hitting a big 3-pointer in
the second half to snap a Texas Southern run.