Kats Set to Wrap Up Cayman Island Classic

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HUNTSVILLE – Following a pair of tough games to open up the 2018 Cayman Island Classic, the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team (2-3) is set to close out the tournament with a pair of games on Nov. 19-20 in Johnson City, Tenn., at the campus of East Tennessee State.

The Kats will face Jackson State in a 3 p.m. (Central) matchup on Monday, Nov. 19 and will face either site host East Tennessee State or Chicago State at either 3 or 6 p.m. the following day. Live stats will be available for both contests.
GAME 6 – SHSU (2-3) vs. Jackson State (0-3)
Date & Time: Monday, Nov. 19 • 3 p.m. (Central)
Location: Johnson City, Tenn.
Site: Freedom Hall Civic Center (6,000)
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GAME 7 – SHSU (2-3) vs. East Tennessee State or Chicago State
Date & Time: Tuesday, Nov. 20 • 3 or 6 p.m. (Central)
Location: Johnson City, Tenn.
Site: Freedom Hall Civic Center (6,000)
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Bearkat Bites

· Thanks to his efforts at Georgia, Senior Josh Delaney’s two three-pointers moved him up in the Sam Houston State record books to eighth overall in career three-pointers with 148 during his time in a Bearkat uniform. Delaney has recorded double figures in his last three games.

· Junior transfer Chad Bowie ties for 10th in the nation and leads the Southland Conference with 11 steals. He picked up five steals in the Kats’ season opener against East Texas Baptist, brought in one against Southwestern (Texas) and Georgia, tallied two steals at Louisiana Tech and Clemson. The Bearkats rank 15th in the nation with 39 total steals.

· After facing Clemson and Georgia for the first time, the Bearkats continue action in the Cayman Island Classic against Jackson State and the team will face either Chicago State or East Tennessee State in the final round of the tournament. Sam Houston is 1-0 all-time against East Tennessee State, 0-1 against Jackson State and the squad would face Chicago State for the first time in program history.

· Veteran Albert Almanza is nearing the 100-game mark with 95 appearances in his career. Josh Delaney is the only Bearkat on the squad to move past 100 games, making appearances in 103 over the course of his career.

· Thanks to a 94-56 victory over Southwestern (Texas) on Thursday, Nov. 8, head coach Jason Hooten earned his 160th career victory. All of his wins have come from Sam Houston State after he took over the helm in 2010. Hooten is the third-winningest coach in program history behind Bob Marlin (225-131) and Archie Porter (189-124).

· Senior Josh Delaney has recorded double figures over the Kats’ last three games. He racked up 12 points at Louisiana Tech, 11 at No. 19 Clemson and 10 at Georgia. Over those three games, he has drilled seven treys and averaged 39.2 from the field.

· Tallying 201 boards through five games, Sam Houston ranks third in the nation and leads the Southland Conference in total rebounds. The Bearkats average 40.2 rebounds per game, racking up 68 offensive rebounds and 133 defensively.

· Senior Cameron Delaney sits in a four-way tie at No. 68 in the nation with 71 total points on the season. Delaney has recorded double-digit points in all but one game this season. He tallied a career-high 21 points against East Texas Baptist (11/6), brought in 10 points against Southwestern (11/8), nearly matched his career high with 20 points at Louisiana Tech (11/11) and knocked down 13 points in the first half at Georgia (11/16).

· Leading the Southland Conference in rebounds, junior transfer Kai Mitchell ties for 21st in the nation with 39 rebounds. Mitchell has recorded double-digit rebounds in three of the Kats’ five games, including a season-high 13-rebound performance against East Texas Baptist.

Series History

Jackson State – JSU leads 1-0

Meeting for the only time 2015-16, Jackson State came away with an 81-77 overtime victory in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament in Huntsville.

East Tennessee State – SHSU leads 1-0

The Kats and Buccaneers met for the only time back in the 2006-07 season, when Sam Houston ground out a 72-61 victory at South Padre Island, Texas.

Chicago State – First Meeting

Final Details

The Kats will face Jackson State in a 3 p.m. (Central) matchup on Monday, Nov. 19 and will face either site host East Tennessee State or Chicago State at either 3 or 6 p.m. the following day. Live stats will be available for both contests. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.