HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State forced a turnover on the final possession and held off a furious Little Rock run, defeating the Trojans, 57-55 on Friday night at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
With 2:06 remaining, John Dewey III drove to the basket, drawing the foul and draining the lay in as the shot clock expired. The guard completed the 3-point play, pushing Sam Houston’s lead to eight but Little Rock was not done for.
The Trojans (2-9) forced three turnovers down the stretch and cut their deficit to a pair on a jumper from Andre Jones with 1:11 left off a takeaway. After a defensive board from Chris Galbreath Jr., the Kats (6-5) had a chance to ice it but Dewey’s first of a 1-and-1 at the charity stripe missed.
With a chance to tie or take the lead on its final possession, Jones had the ball swatted away into Galbreath’s hands to solidify the victory. Galbreath totaled a game-high 22 points, one off a season high, while finishing 9-for-11 from the field and leading the Kats with nine boards.
Dewey posted 11 points, reaching double-figures for the seventh time this season, while adding a team-best seven assists. The Bronx, N.Y., native helped the Kats overcome a four-point halftime deficit. The squad shot 48 percent in the second half while limiting the Trojans to 37 percent.
Sam Houston returns to action on Tuesday, squaring off against its second SEC opponent of the season when it visits LSU. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network Plus. The Kats next home action comes on Dec. 22 when Sam Houston hosts Utah Valley at noon.