The Bearkats were ice cold from behind the arc and could not match the Owls' physicality, falling 79-50 at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats face Rice at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in the 26th all-time matchup between the two squads.
Sam Houston thumped Wiley College, 80-41, matching its largest victory in 17 seasons, thanks to a 50-percent shooting performance including four players in double figures on Friday morning.
Sam Houston State faces Wiley College in the team's home opener at 11 a.m. from Johnson Coliseum in the squad's annual ‘Pack The House' game on Friday.
The Bearkats led by as many as 13 points and took a five-point lead into the half only to see Arkansas hit seven second-half three pointers as the Razorbacks upended Sam Houston, 65-54.
The Bearkats face Arkansas at 10:30 a.m. from Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., in the third Division I game of the 2017-18 season. The matchup against the Razorbacks can be seen on the SEC Network Plus.
Thirteen different Bearkats saw action, while Kiera McKinney used a breakout performance, leading the squad to a 76-61 exhibition victory against LSU Alexandria on Sunday afternoon.
The Bearkats will do their part to aid hurricane relief across Texas as the women face LSU-Alexandria at 3 p.m. followed by the men taking on UTSA at 6:15 p.m presented by Huntsville Memorial Hospital.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats will do their part to aid hurricane relief efforts across Texas as they have added an exhibition game vs UTSA on Nov. 5 at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats have been picked to finish 13th in the Southland Conference women's preseason poll as voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
Season tickets for Sam Houston State Bearkat basketball are on sale now, with ticket packages available for fans prior to the season starting, which opens in November.
When Sam Houston State reported for practice on Monday, the hard work had already been well underway in anticipation of the 2017-18 season.