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The Sam Houston State men’s basketball team overcame an 18-point deficit to capture the lead, but the Bearkats couldn’t hang on and dropped a 76-69 decision at Louisiana Tech on Sunday.

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With the start of the 2017-18 season less than six weeks away, the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team cranked things up with preseason camp tipping off last Saturday.

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KATY — The fifth-seeded Bearkats looked like a team that was playing its third game in three days on Friday night compared to a Privateers squad that had fresh legs.Top-seeded New Orleans held a double-digit lead for more than 32 minutes and snuffed out a late Sam Houston State rally during …

Sam Houston State senior guard Jabari Peters attempts to avoid two UNC-Wilmington defenders on his way to the rim during the Bearkats’ victory on Wednesday night. Sam Houston is likely to host a second round game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Saturday.

Not too long after Sam Houston State’s CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament first-round matchup with UNC-Wilmington started on Wednesday at Johnson Coliseum, it was over. And well before the final whistle blew.

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KATY — For the second time in as many weeks, Sam Houston State walked off the court to the scene of Stephen F. Austin hoisting a championship trophy that could have been theirs.

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KATY — It took Sam Houston State coach Jason Hooten a few moments to gather his thoughts at the podium just minutes after his team came from behind to defeat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 70-67 in the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament on Friday.

Sam Houston State guard Kaheem Ransom attempts to drive down the baseline during the Bearkats’ 67-59 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Feb. 7. 

Sam Houston State basketball coach Jason Hooten flips a ball toward the rim during the Bearkats’ practice on Tuesday. In the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament on Friday, Sam Houston will take on the winner of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s matchup with New Orleans.

Sam Houston State senior guard Kaheem Ransom drives toward the basket during the Bearkats’ victory over Incarnate Word earlier this season at Johnson Coliseum. On Friday, Sam Houston will begin play in the Southland Conference tournament. The Bearkats, who are the second seed, are scheduled …

Sam Houston State guard Jabari Peters (1) will play a key role in the Bearkats’ bid to win this week’s Southland Conference tournament and earn a berth to the NCAA tournament.

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NACOGDOCHES — As Queen’s “We are the Champions” blared from the loudspeakers after Stephen F. Austin defeated Sam Houston State 64-55 on Saturday night, Bearkats coach Jason Hooten was being consoled by athletic director Bobby Williams in the tunnel of William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Bearkats junior Shernise Robertson (5) goes up for a rebound underneath SFA guard Taylor Ross (2) during the first quarter on Saturday afternoon. Despite a 25-point effort from Robertson, the Bearkats fell 67-58 to the Ladyjacks.

Just months after being promoted to Sam Houston State’s men’s basketball head coach after six seasons as an assistant, Jason Hooten was in Las Vegas lurking in a back gym late at night scouting out prospects for his first recruiting class.

Sam Houston State senior Michael Holyfield dunks against McNeese State on Jan. 17. Today, Holyfield will help lead the Bearkats on the road against Stephen F. Austin.

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Already assured of a semifinal spot in next week’s Southland Conference tournament, the Bearkats still have their eyes on winning at least a share of a regular-season championship.

Sam Houston State senior guard Kaheem Ransom dishes a pass after splitting two Central Arkansas defenders during the Bearkats’ victory over the Bears on Monday at Johnson Coliseum. With the win, Sam Houston has clinched a bye into the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament.

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Sam Houston State seniors Kaheem Ransom and Michael Holyfield have each played major roles on some of the best Bearkat basketball teams in program history.

Sam Houston State sophomore forward Aurimas Majauskas attempts to finish a layup while being guarded by Abilene Christian’s Duran Porter during the Bearkats’ 71-49 blowout victory over the Wildcats on Monday at Johnson Coliseum.

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The 987 fans inside Johnson Coliseum were getting tired during Sam Houston State’s non conference tilt with NAIA Texas College on Monday night. As they did their best to adhere to the tradition of standing until the opposing team scores its first point, they found themselves on their feet fo…

Sam Houston State senior center Michael Holyfield finishes a dunk during the Bearkats’ 88-39 victory over Texas College on Monday at Johnson Coliseum. Sam Houston has the rest of the week off before traveling to play Houston Baptist on Saturday.

Sam Houston State’s 2014-15 campaign will be defined by whether or not it wins the Southland Conference tournament.

Sam Houston State guard Kaheem Ransom, right, dribbles along the baseline during the Bearkats’ 67-59 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum.

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Sam Houston State weathered several tense moments during an otherwise stellar defensive performance during its 67-59 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum.

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Ask Sam Houston State head coach Jason Hooten where his team stands among its Southland Conference peers, or sometimes even nationally, in almost any significant statistical category and he’ll likely be able to give an exact answer.

Sam Houston State senior guard Kaheem Ransom goes up to score two of his game-high 18 points during the Bearkats’ 79-50 victory over Lamar at Johnson Coliseum on Monday. Sam Houston has now won three consecutive games heading into Saturday’s bout with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Sam Houston State guard Taylor Dorsey (11) drives toward the basket during the Bearkat women’s come-from-behind 74-67 victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum.

Led by junior guard Shernise Robertson, who totaled 28 points, the Sam Houston women’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point deficit to earn a 74-67 Southland Conference victory over Houston Baptist on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum.

Rarely is Sam Houston State senior center Michael Holyfield touted for making savvy plays that require explosive mobility. For much of the season, his 6-foot-11 frame has been his biggest strength and weakness at the same time.

Sam Houston State senior center Michael Holyfield leaps to block a layup from Stephen F. Austin guard Dallas Cameron during the Bearkats’ loss to the Lumberjacks on Saturday. Today, Sam Houston will attempt to rebound on the road against Abilene Christian.

Sam Houston State junior guard Paul Baxter (21) attempts a contested layup during the Bearkats’ loss to Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. Baxter finished the game with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. He also hit two of his three attempts from beyond the arc. Sam Houston is back in action on Mond…

Sam Houston State guard Jabari Peters (1) has the ball stripped by Stephen F. Austin guard Connor Brooks during the Bearkats’ 79-68 loss to the Lumberjacks on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum. With the victory. Stephen F. Austin strips Sam Houston of first place in the Southland Conference stand…

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As the Sam Houston State University Alma Mater blared from the student section on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum, Bearkats guard Dakarai Henderson stood with his shirt covering his face while his teammate Jabari Peters held a towel over his head.

Sam Houston State senior guard Jabari Peters wishes the Bearkats could put together a perfect game. He knew his team didn’t play one on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum against McNeese State. Luckily for Sam Houston, it didn’t need to.

Despite a scintillating shooting performance in the first half, the Sam Houston State women’s basketball team couldn’t replicate that performance after the break.

Sam Houston State junior guard Shernise Robinson readies herself for a layup during the Bearkats’ 79-74 loss to McNeese State on Saturday at Johnson Coliseum. Robinson scored 30 points.

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On paper, Sam Houston State’s matchup with McNeese State today at Johnson Coliseum is a game between a Bearkats team that is undefeated in conference action and atop the Southland Conference and a Cowboys squad that is winless in league play.

Sam Houston State freshman guard Jamal Williams goes up for a contested layup during the Bearkats’ 84-78 victory over Incarnate Word on Jan. 3. The Kats will put their perfect 4-0 Southland record on the line today against McNeese State. The Cowboys are currently 0-3 in conference play.

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After winning its first two Southland Conference matchups, Sam Houston State leaves the friendly confines of Johnson Coliseum to take on New Orleans today in an attempt to extend its five-game winning streak.

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