FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Sam Houston State men’s basketball team (3-7) held a late lead, but the crew couldn’t hold on as the Bearkats dropped a 71-65 decision at Colorado State, Saturday afternoon at Moby Arena.
The Bearkats went 7-for-10 from the free throw line while Colorado State hit 22 free throws.
After Bowie hit his first field goal of the day to make it an even 4-4 game, Kai Mitchell stole the ball and connected with Bowie under the basket to give the Bearkats their first lead of the game, 6-4. Following the lead change, the Rams used eight-straight points to take a three-possession lead.
However, highlighted by five points from Bubba Furlong and a trey from Bowie, the Bearkats responded with 10 unanswered points to make it a 16-12 game nearing the 11-minute mark.
Sam Houston prevented a Colorado State field goal for four full minutes before Nico Carvacho broke up the Bearkats’ run with a layup. Furlong responded with a layup of his own and also answered a Ram three-pointer with his first
Interrupted by two Carvacho free throws, Sam Houston went on a 12-2 run to go up, 33-22, after Adam Thistlewood hit the Rams’ third shot from beyond the three-point arc.
Colorado State didn’t knock down another field goal for nearly four minutes before J.D. Paige sparked a nine-point run to pull within two points of the Bearkats. Zach Nutall drained Sam Houston’s fifth trey of the game to add some separation and the Bearkats held a 36-33 lead heading into the intermission.
Bowie and Josh Delaney each nailed a three-pointer to start the second half. After a play under the basket resulted in a technical foul on Carvacho, Delaney sunk two free throws and drove to the hole on the following play to put the Bearkats up, 48-39.
As Sam Houston led 54-50 with just under seven minutes to go, the Rams reclaimed the lead thanks to 10 straight points over a span of three minutes. Nutall broke up the momentum and brought the Bearkats within three points with a shot beyond the three-point line, but a jumper by Paige and two Carvacho free throws gave the Rams a 64-57 advantage with two minutes remaining.
Field goals from Mitchell and Cameron Delaney cut Colorado State’s lead down to two points with a minute and a half remaining, but five straight Ram free throws added untimely separation from Sam Houston. Josh Delaney drilled a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining, but two final Ram free throws sealed the 71-65 decision.
With the loss, the Bearkats fall to 3-7 on the season. Sam Houston averaged 36.4 percent from the field and Furlong led the squad with seven rebounds.
Coming Up Next
The Bearkats return home to Johnson Coliseum on Tuesday, Dec. 18, for a 6:30 p.m. matchup against Alabama State. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.