Ryan Bright scored 17 points and Shamir McDaniel and DeLuis Ramirez each added 16 to lead Sam Houston State to an 83-66 non-conference victory over Loyola Marymount Sunday afternoon to complete the Bearkats’ holiday California trip with a split.
Sam Houston (11-1) lost by one point in overtime Friday in their first California game 79-78 at San Diego State.
The Bearkats scored 30 of their points off 25 Loyola Marymount turnovers and held the Lions’ leading scorer, Orlando Johnson, to three points, 10 under his 13.2 average.
Loyola Marymount (3-11) jumped out to an early 8-2 lead as the Bearkats hit only one of their first six shots and had four turnovers in the first four minutes of the game. At the 12-minute media time out, the Lions held their largest lead, 14-7.
Finally, the Bearkats' shots began falling. Ryan Bright’s three-point field goal with 9:08 to play gave Sam Houston its first lead, 18-16. The basket was part of a 31-7 run which saw the Kats build a 15 point lead, 38-23, on a DeLuis Ramirez fast break lay-up 1:39 before intermission. The Lions hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds of the first half to make the halftime score 38-26.
Loyola Marymount started the second half with a 14-4 run in the first five minutes to cut the Bearkat margin to two points, 42-40, on a layup by Max Craig at 15;04.
A layup by Ramirez and a three-point field goal by Shamir McDaniel started a 6-0 run to put the Kats back up by six, 48-40, with 12:58 to play. Jeremy Thomas hit three consecutive three-point baskets to put the lead back in double digits, 61-48, with 8:12 remaining.
Another trey by McDaniel with 4:38 to play gave Sam Houston it’s biggest lead of the second half, 18 points, 66-48.
Sam Houston were 29-of-61 from the field for 47.5 percent shooting.
Sam Houston will complete its 2007-08 non-conference schedule with a home game against Central Florida Saturday at 2 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum.