CORPUS CHRISTI- Sam Houston State came out hot and never let off the gas, knocking off Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in convincing fashion, 82-50, on Wednesday night at the American Bank Center.
Sam Houston (9-8, 3-1 SLC) were red hot defensively holding the Islanders (4-10, 1-3 SLC) to just 31.3percent and 18.2 percent from three to give the Kats a dominant win, their third victory in a row.
The win marked the first win in league play of 30 or more points for Sam Houston since 2016 and is the third game in a row with Sam Houston surpassing the 80-point mark, also the first time since 2016 that they have accomplished that feat.
Marcus Harris turned in a big game, reaching double figures for the third straight time out, leading the team with 14 points. Six came during the beginning of the second half, including a series of events where he hit a three, steal, and then hit another three. The junior guard also added five rebounds.
John Dewey III added 13 points and five assists, hitting six of his eight foul shots in 25 minutes on the floor as one of three Kats in double figures. Jamal Williams added 14 points and six rebounds while Josh Delaney gave the Kats nine late points off the bench, including two of Sam Houston’s eight 3-point buckets on the night.
Joseph Kilgore led all scorers with 22 points for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a dozen of which came in the opening half.
The Bearkats will return home to start a two-game homestand when it hosts Houston Baptist on Saturday, January 13. Tipoff is set for 6:15 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST HALF
The Kats started off the first half on fire as they went on a 11-0 run to open the game, thanks to Harris’s six points in that span.
Sam Houston led by as much as 20 in the half behind eight points from both Harris and Christopher Galbreath Jr., along with seven points from Dewey and Williams.
The Kats would hold the Islanders to just 8-for-27 from the floor in the first 20 minutes in taking a 42-23 lead into the break, the lowest scoring output in a half by a Bearkat opponent this season
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE SECOND HALF
Harris picked up where he left off early in the half, nailing a pair of 3-point buckets on consecutive possessions to quickly up the lead to 25. The Kats would then go on an 16-3 to ice it, leading by as much as 35 late in the game.
The efense continued to be in shutdown mode throughout the night, allowing just six points 10 minutes into the second half while outrebounding the Islanders 23-18 in the period