HUNTSVILLE- Sam Houston State started off fast and don’t look back to take down Northwestern State for its fifth straight win, 75-52, on Wednesday night at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats (11-8, 5-1 SLC) had scored 80 points in four straight games, but shot just 37.5 percent from the floor tonight; however, they made up for it on the glass, especially in the second half. Sam Houston outrebounded the Demons (3-14, 0-6 SLC) 50-37 for the game, but hauled in 25 offensive boards for the game, turning them into 20 second-chance points. Of those 25 offensive rebounds, 17 came in the second 20 minutes of play.
Christopher Galbreath Jr. notched his eighth double-double of the season with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in 34 minutes of action. Jamal Williams was two rebounds away from his first double-double of the year with 17 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes of play. He had the Kats’ only two 3-point baskets of the first half and added another in the second half when the Kats nailed five longballs.
Abrian Edwards added 13 points and five boards and John Dewey dished out six of Sam Houston’s 20 assists.
Ishmael Lane led the Demons with 20 points off 7-for-11 shooting from the land and finished with a double-double with 13 rebounds.
The Bearkats will take a trip out to Beaumont, Texas to take on Lamar Saturday January 20. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Montagne Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST HALF
The Kats continued to start off games right as they got out to a comfortable 12-5 lead, but the Demons would bring it to within three after a Darian Dixon steal and tip in with 7:20 left in the first half. Galbreath pushed the lead to as much as 10 after a fastbreak layup with just over four minutes left in the half.
The Kats hit less than 36 percent in the half, but held the Demons to just 8-for-30 shooting from the floor in the first 20 minutes taking a 27-19 advantage into the locker room. Marcus Harris capped the half with a contested layup with on Sam Houston’s last possession The Kats cashed in on the 10 Demon first-half turnovers turning them into eight points while the Sam Houston bench outscored NWST’s 14-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED IN THE SECOND HALF
Bearkats came out of the locker room on the right foot to go on a 11-2 run, capping it with a Galbreath jumper. Sam Houston did most of their work on the glass, hauling in 17 offensive boards in the half, including nine in the first five minutes of the period.
From there the lead would never get back to single digits for the Kats, pushing it up to 20 on the first of two 3-point baskets from Edwards with 7:23 to play. That was part of a stretch that saw three of four Bearkat field goals come from beyond the arc, including a late one from Josh Delaney with under two minutes to go that had the lead at 73-51.