GREELEY, Colo. – The Sam Houston men’s basketball season came to an end on Wednesday night as they fell 99-80 to Northern Colorado in the semifinals of the Tournament.

The Bearkats were able to overcome an early 9-0 run to start the game, cutting the lead to three at the half. But an early second half surge by the Bears was too much for the Kats to overcome.

The Bearkats took the lead on a Chris Galbreath jumper early in the second half, giving them a 46-45 advantage. But the Bears answered back with a 13-2 run and never looked back.

“We just ran into a buzz saw tonight,” said head coach Jason Hooten. “I thought when we went up there early in the second half we were going to be right there in it. But they went on a run and we just didn’t have enough to get back in it.”

Galbreath had a big first half for the Bearkats, scoring 15 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. He finished the game with 24 points and 8 rebounds. The senior fouled out with 5:19 to play.

“He made me proud,” Hooten said. “I didn’t think he had been playing well the last couple of weeks and to see him come out and fight like he did was great. To go out and finish with 24 and 8, what a way to go out as a senior. I told him when he came out I was proud of him.”

Jamal Williams also finished out his Bearkat career strong, scoring 17 points, equaling his season best. Josh Delaney was also in double figures with 15 points.

The Bearkats had no answer for UNC guard Andrew Spight who finished the game with 40 points and seven 3-pointers. He was the catalyst for a UNC offense that hit 17 from long range. 

“Any time you have a special player like they do you just don’t have enough bodies to run out the at him,” Hooten said. “It has been a long time, even playing high major schools, that we have given up 40 to a guy.”

The Kats finish the season 21-15 on the season.