ARLINGTON – Three Bearkats scored in double figures, including 15 from DeLuis Ramirez as Sam Houston State rolled to a 79-65 win over Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night on the stage at Texas Hall.
Ryan Bright added 14 points and Shamir McDaniel scored 11 as the Kats picked up their 20th win of the season for the fifth time under head coach Bob Marlin. Sam Houston has posted 20 or more victories each of the last three seasons. Never before have Bearkat squads had three consecutive 20-victory seasons.
The two teams were back-and-forth in the early going, with UTA taking a 15-14 lead seven minutes into the game. Bright hit a three to get the Kats (20-6, 8-5 SLC) back in the lead and they never looked back. Bright’s basket sparked a 14-0 run by SHSU.
In the first half the Kat led by as much as 16, but UTA was able to cut that in half by the break. The Bearkats started the second half strong, however, with Ashton Mitchell knocking down a 3-pointer as well as picking up a steal and a layup, to give the Kats a 49-34 lead.
A 3-pointer by McDaniel just five minutes into the second half put the Kats up by 20.
SHSU dominated the glass outrebounding UTA 44-34 including a 31-16 advantage on the defensive boards. Ramirez was in double figures rebounding as well, pulling down 11.
The Kats hit 44 percent of their shots from the floor including 7-of-18 from outside. They also got the job done at the line, knocking down 28-of-31.
The Bearkats will return home on Saturday to take on Texas State-San Marcos in a game scheduled to start at 7 p.m.