CONWAY, Ark. — Sam Houston lost sole possession of second place in the Southland Conference with an 80-71 loss to Central Arkansas Thursday night in Conway.
The win was the Bears’ first-ever over SHSU in men’s basketball. The Kats had beaten Central Arkansas nine times since their series started in 2004.
“We just weren’t ourselves tonight,” SHSU head coach Jason Hooten said. “Give Central Arkansas credit. They beat us today. We didn’t play our best and things just didn’t seem to fall for us.”
Sam Houston drops to 19-8 for the year and 11-4 in Southland action, tied behind league leader SFA with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
LaQuentin Miles, the Southland’s leading scorer, totaled 23 points as Central Arkansas upped its record to 7-19 overall and 4-11 in the league.
“It’s disappointing because we had an opportunity to solidify our hold on the number two sport tonight,” Hooten said. “Now it’s going to be a dogfight for that second bye to the semifinals."
The top two regular season finishers both will receive byes into the semifinals at the Southland Conference tournament in Katy March 12-15.
Jabari Peters scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Sam Houston. Kaheem Ransom totaled 16 points and James Thomas added 10.
Sam Houston travels to Tulsa to face Oral Roberts Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Bearkats closeout the regular season at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum next Thursday and Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana and New Orleans, respectively.
Bearkat women fall 54-49 to Central Arkansas
Led by Angela Beadle with 15 points, Sam Houston threw a scare into Southland Conference women’s basketball leader Central Arkansas Saturday before falling 54-49.
Combined with a Lamar loss to Oral Roberts, Central Arkansas extended its Southland lead to two games with their league mark at 12-3. Central Arkansas is 18-8 for the season.
Sam Houston held UCA to only one field goal in the first six minutes while building an 8-3 lead. The Kats hit six of their first 10 shots to build a 16-14 lead with 9:39 remaining in the first period.
The Sam Houston women went cold in the last 10 minutes of the half, going 1-for-11 as UCA finished the period with a 13-5 run to take a 27-21 margin into the locker room at intermission.
The Kats weren’t done, starting the second half with a 9-2 run of their own to take back the lead 30-29 on a basket by Jazmin Wiley at the 14:01 mark.
The pair traded leads six times in the next 10 minutes before UCA took control with three consecutive three-point baskets to go up 52-47 with 3:17 to play.