Garland – Bearkat sophomore guard Paul Baxter scored 19 points to lead both teams as SMU defeated Sam Houston State 72-53 in a non-conference men’s basketball game Tuesday night.
Markus Kennedy led the Mustangs with 14 points. Nick Russell and Yannick Moreira each added 13.
The Bearkats dropped to 4-2 on the year while SMU upped its season mark to 5-1.
The Mustangs never trailed as Sam Houston got off to a slow start and never recovered. SMU led 38-20 at intermission. The Bearkats bounced back in the second period, scoring 33 points while the Mustangs had 34.
SMU hit 23-of-48 from the field for 47.9 percent shooting while Sam Houston was 17-of-50 for a 34.0 percent mark. The Mustangs were hot at the foul line, nailing 25 of their 30 free throws.
Sam Houston heads to the beach this weekend for the Corpus Christi Invitational.
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