LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Senior Cameron Delaney led the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team (3-6) with 12 points, but a quiet offensive outing led to the Bearkats’ 79-52 defeat, Saturday afternoon at Little Rock.
Kai Mitchell gave the Bearkats three-straight points off of free throws to start the game and Little Rock stood neck and neck after a three-point play tied up the game at three points apiece. Interrupted by just two Trojan free throws, Sam Houston cruised on a 10-2 run that saw a pair of treys from Cameron Delaney, as well as layups from Chad Bowie and Josh Delaney.
However, after a sluggish start beyond the three-point arc, Little Rock’s Ryan Pippins and Rayjon Tucker came alive and spearheaded a 12-4 offensive swing to tie up the game, 17-17, with nine minutes to go.
Freshman Zach Nutall broke a five-minute dry spell with a layup, but Tucker answered back with a three-pointer on the next possession to give Little Rock its first – and final – lead of the game at the 7:43 mark. The Trojans outscored the Bearkats 18-6 in the remainder of the first half.
Sam Houston tallied four quick points four minutes into the second half thanks to a jumper at the elbow from RJ Smith and a pair of free throws from Josh Delaney. However, Tucker kept the Trojan offense rolling with his fourth three-pointer of the night.
Cameron Delaney responded to the trey with a layup in the paint, but the Bearkats went without another field goal for nearly eight full minutes.
The offense saw a spark around the seven-minute mark when Marcus Harris and Xavier Bryant hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it a 61-43 game in favor of the hosting Trojans. But, the offense struggled to score once again – going without a field goal until Delaney drilled his third three-pointer at the 4:09 mark.
Josh Delaney scored two quick buckets within the final minute, but it wasn’t enough as the Bearkats fell to 3-6 on the season with the 79-52 loss.
Tucker finished with a game-high 33 points.
Coming Up Next
The Bearkats continue their short road stint against Colorado State on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Fort Collins, Colo. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.