HUNTSVILLE – Returning to action at Johnson Coliseum, the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team (1-0) is set to host to the Southwestern (Texas) Pirates in a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday, Nov. 8 in Huntsville, Texas.
The Bearkats’ second game of the season will follow the women’s basketball team’s home opener – slated for 4:30 p.m. – and will be broadcasted on ESPN3 as well as 90.5 FM KHSU.
GAME 2 – SHSU (1-0, 0-0 SLC) vs Southwestern (Texas) (0-0, 0-0 SCAC)
Date & Time: Thursday, Nov. 8 • 7 p.m. (Central)
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Site: Johnson Coliseum
- With Sam Houston’s 85-64 victory over East Texas Baptist, the Bearkats have won their season opener for the third consecutive year. The first-game win streak began in 2016-17 with a 104-57 win over LeTourneau and rolled on last season when the Kats halted UT-Tyler 91-51.
- Senior Cameron Delaney knocked down a career-high 21 points against ETBU on Tuesday. The Harker Heights, Texas, native put in 27 minutes on the court, going .571 from the field and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
- In his first outing as a Bearkat, junior transfer Kai Mitchell recorded Sam Houston’s first double-double of the season thanks to a 14-point, 13-rebound performance on opening night. His efforts on the defensive end marked the highest number of rebounds from any student-athlete in the Southland Conference on opening night.
- Making quality stops in his first Bearkat appearance, junior transfer Chad Bowie collected five steals, which led the SLC on the first day of the new season.
- In his ninth season as head coach, Jason Hooten is just one victory shy of 160 career wins. Thursday’s matchup against Southwestern (Texas) will be the first time Hooten has met up with the Pirates.
- Packed with a slew of newcomers, Sam Houston’s bench produced 26 of the Kats’ 85 points against ETBU. Sophomore RJ Smith led the Bearkat bench with nine points, followed by freshman Zach Nutall who tallied eight points in his first collegiate basketball game.
- Sam Houston dominated the boards on opening night, gathering a total of 50 rebounds and 18 second-chance points. The Bearkats sit second in the league in rebounds after opening night and are tied with Northwestern State with a league-leading, 36 defensive rebounds.
- Two big runs on Tuesday gave Sam Houston the separation they needed to come out with a dominant win - the Kats’ first big run of the night began in the eighth minute of the first half when the team went off for 13 points in four minutes. Sam Houston’s second big run was a 14-point effort where the Bearkat bench accounted for 10 points.
Sam Houston holds a narrow, 7-5 all-time series lead over Southwestern. The first meeting between the two teams dates back to the 1921-22 season and the most recent matchup took place on Feb. 28, 1981, where the Kats made out with a 60-53 victory in Huntsville, Texas.
Tip-off on Thursday is scheduled for approximately 7 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum. Live stats will be available for the contest, as well as broadcasts on ESPN3 and 90.5 FM KHSU. For more information on the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.