The Bearkat offense struggled in the second half and overtime as Sam Houston lost 70-67 in overtime to Nicholls State Saturday.
DeMarcus Gatlin led the Bearkats with 12 points. James Thomas had nine points and 10 rebounds. Thomas missed two free throws in overtime with an opportunity to tie or go ahead.
The Bearkats shot only 13-of-24 from the free-throw line for the game.
The Bearkats had a 40-28 lead at the intermission. Sam Houston was shooting 55% from the field and made six three pointers. The Kats led by as many as 14 points.
Sam Houston made only five field goals in the second half, shooting just 19%.
Will Bond, Darius Gatson, and Paul Baxter each added nine points.
Dantrell Thomas was Nicholls' leading scorer with 15 points including seven-for-seven on free throws. Amin Torres scored 12 points and T.J. Carpenter had 11.
The Bearkats will play next Saturday at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.