The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX


December 9, 2012

Bearkats get aggressive, beat HBU 69-57

Mason scores 22 to lead Sam Houston past Huskies

HOUSTON — Sam Houston State snapped its two-game losing streak with a 69-57 win on the road against Houston Baptist on Saturday night. The Bearkats (4-5) were led by Nathaniel Mason’s 22 points, 14 of which came in the second half with a perfect 9-for-9 performance from the free-throw line.

Junior guard DeMarcus Gatlin added 17 points for Sam Houston, while center Michael Holyfield pulled down a game-high nine rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

Sam Houston coach Jason Hooten has been critical of his team’s poor shot selection in recent games. That wasn’t an issue against the Huskies, even though the Kats failed to shoot a high percentage Saturday night. The Bearkats haven’t shot 40 percent from the field since they beat Liberty on Nov. 20.

But staying aggressive and attacking the rim led to many opportunities from the foul line for Sam Houston in the second half. While the Bearkats went just 1-for-2 from the charity stripe before halftime, they made 19 of 26 after intermission.

“We got off to a good start tonight which is something we haven’t done a lot of,” Hooten said. “I just really wanted to concentrate on being aggressive and taking the ball to the basket. For some reason we didn’t get the breaks in the first half, but I told them at halftime not to be discouraged about that and to continue to attack the basket, and in the second half we were 19 of 26 from the free-throw line.”

Hooten is still making adjustments to his lineups and how he distributes minutes. Gatlin and point guard Darius Gatson have been the only consistent starters this season, while others adjust to new roles.

With Mason, coaches say he’s lacking the necessary consistency and confidence as a Division I newcomer. The Bearkats hope Saturday night’s performance can help that.

“I’m still trying to find my role, just trying to fit in with the team and see what I can do to help,” Mason said. “Whether it’s rebounding, scoring or defending, we’re all just trying to come together and build our team chemistry up. It’s been a great experience for me just adapting from junior college ball to Division I.”

HBU suffered its fourth straight loss after starting the season 2-1. Sam Houston faces HBU again on Jan. 29 at Johnson Coliseum.

“We just wanted to come out here and throw the first punch, get on a roll and just run with it,” Gatlin said. “Step on their throats and don’t let them back into the game. We had five days to prepare for this game so we just got in and competed at practice. This was our best week of competing in practice and it showed today.”

Next on the schedule for Sam Houston is another road match-up Saturday against Samford.

Text Only
  • 7-25-Gilbert-CP.jpg Justin Gilbert signs with Browns

    A few days before of the start of training camp, former Huntsville Hornet Justin Gilbert officially became a member of the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday when he signed his first NFL contract.

    Now that he’s got his contract with the Browns, he needs a starting job.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-25-Derrick-ross-1.jpg Another record for Derrick Ross

    In his short career in the Arena Football League, Huntsville’s Derrick Ross has left his mark.

    Playing in his fourth season in the league and his third with the Philadelphia Soul, Ross notched another record.
    Along with being the all-time leading rusher, a mark he sat last year, Ross now also owns the record for most career rushing touchdowns after scoring three TDs on June 7.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24-Wade-int-return.jpg BEARKATS FOOTBALL — Kats have something to prove

    Bearkats running back Keshawn Hill has already won two Southland Conference championships, played in as many national championship games and made the playoffs in each of his three seasons at Sam Houston State.
    The team is still four days away from its first practice of 2014, but the Bearkats senior running back already has a chip on his shoulder. Despite the program’s recent success, Sam Houston State was picked to finish third in the Southland.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-24-SLU-Bryan-Bennett.jpg Southland coaches have different takes on accepting transfer players

    Show Southeastern Louisiana head coach Ron Roberts the past and he says he’ll show you the future.
    Before Roberts took the reins at Southeastern, the program had only managed one winning season since it was restarted in 2003 after a 17-year hiatus. In just his second season at the helm, Roberts brought the Lions into the national spotlight by leading his team to an undefeated Southland Conference record and a playoff victory over Sam Houston State, a national runner-up the previous two seasons. The Lions finished the season ranked sixth in both The Sports Network and FCS Coaches final polls.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-22 Noelle Sandmann runs.jpg Future Hornets take the field

    Never before has there been Stars of Huntsville Softball Camp, and it’s not every day that Huntsville’s youth softball players have an opportunity to learn the game’s fundamentals from the town’s most experienced players and coaches.
    On Monday, nearly 25 campers took the field at Kate Barr Ross Park and were instructed by Huntsville Hornets softball head coach Rick Burns and several members of his team.  The players, coaches and campers battled through the heat to have a successful day that saw many of the campers receive one-one-one instruction.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • SHSU’s Ridings honored by Southland Conference

    Longtime Sam Houston State sports information director Paul Ridings has been named the 2014 recipient of the Southland Conference’s Louis Bonnette Sports Media Award.
    The honor will be presented during the Southland’s Football Media Day luncheon July 23 at L’auberge Resort in Lake Charles, La.

    July 21, 2014

  • Huntsville Heat win tourney title

    The Huntsville Heat played in Alvin over the weekend in a benefit tournament that drew 52 teams. 
    The benefit tournament was hosted by the Alvin Girls Softball Association  for one of their own Alvin Bayou Babes players, Natalie Mota, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.

    July 21, 2014 1 Story

  • 7-20-Dallas-Gallant-1.jpg Still grinding

    Ever since he was drafted in the 23rd round in 2010 by the Minnesota Twins, former Trinity Tiger and Sam Houston State Bearkat pitcher Dallas Gallant has been on the road to the majors.
    Despite having to undergo two surgeries on his elbow, Gallant  continues to do what he needs to in the minor leagues to take the next step in his career.

    July 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • 7-20-Thomason.jpg Running down under

    The roads were closed and 3,834 runners were lined up preparing to try and catch Huntsville High School cross-country star Blake Thomason as she ran down the Gold Coast of Australia.
    The Huntsville High School sophomore cross-country and track and field star is used to competing against runners from different parts of the country. But this time, Thomason took her talents to the world stage.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • BEARKAT BASEBALL — Atwood returning for senior season with Kats

    Good news arrived last week for Bearkats baseball and new head coach Matt Deggs.
    Center fielder Colt Atwood will be back in uniform for Sam Houston State next spring.
    Atwood was selected in the 38th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics on June 8.

    July 19, 2014