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March 18, 2014

SHSU BASKETBALL — Bearkats roll in tourney opener

HUNTSVILLE — The Bearkats played like a team that wanted to put last week’s Southland Conference tournament championship game completely behind them.

Coming off a 19-point loss to regular-season and tournament league-champion Stephen F. Austin on Friday, Sam Houston State had at least one more shot at getting another win this season and did exactly that against Alabama State on Tuesday with a 71-49 victory in the College Insider Tournament opening round.

Sam Houston (24-10) did things it’s been known to do all year — share the ball, shoot 3s and play stifling defense.

The Kats took a modest 28-20 advantage into halftime, but broke the game open in the second half.

Sophomore Paul Baxter started the half with a 3-pointer, which spurred a 12-3 run in the first five minutes of the period.

But Sam Houston head coach Jason Hooten noted it was Baxter’s defense that really led to the Kats’ dominance.

“Paul really sparked us defensively in the second half and helped lead us to some easy buckets,” Hooten said. “I told the players at the beginning of the game that this was going to come down to grit and toughness. I was really happy with our defense tonight.”

The Bearkats are using all types of self-motivation with the season extending past the conference tournament.

There was mention of putting up a College Insider Tournament championship banner at Johnson Coliseum after it’s all said and done April 3.

The Kats, who recorded their 24th win of the season Tuesday, are also chasing the school record of 25 wins set by the 2009-’10 team that went to the NCAA tournament.

“It means a lot,” Thomas said of continuing the season. “We felt like we deserved to see postseason play because we had a good year. It’s important to us to keep winning because we’re trying to put a banner up, even though it’s not an NCAA tournament banner, we still want to put the CIT banner up here.”

Sam Houston’s younger players like Baxter, and freshmen Dakarai Henderson and Aurimas Majauskas played key minutes for the Bearkats.

Henderson led all scorers with 14 points, while Majauskas posted 11 points and seven rebounds.

Baxter had 10 points, five assists and two steals. Thomas finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Bearkats were able to limit Alabama State leading scorer Jamel Waters to just three points on 1-of-11 from the field. Waters didn’t score his lone bucket until nearly seven minutes into the second half.

Sam Houston won’t know its next opponent until after today’s games and College Insider will then set up a bracket with seeding based on records and Rating Percentage Index (RPI).

“A lot of people in the nation hung up their jerseys after the conference tournaments but we have a chance to still get some wins,” Henderson said. “We’re trying to put a banner up.”

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