Saturday, Jan. 19 • Houston • 7:00 p.m. • Sharp Gym (1,000)
Sam Houston State (9-8, 4-0 Southland) at Houston Baptist (5-10, 1-3 Southland)
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HUNTSVILLE – Still the lone team without a loss in conference play, the Sam Houston State Bearkats will look to make a statement on the road on Saturday when they invade Sharp Gym in search of a win over Houston Baptist.
The game is set to tip off at 7:00 p.m. at Sharp Gym and can be watched on the HBUHuskies.com YouTube channel. Fans can follow along via live stats, or get updates by following @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.
Coach Jason Hooten’s Bearkats have seemed to turn a corner since the start of Southland Conference play, winning five in a row overall and each of their four contests in SLC play. The Kats have shot better than 46 percent from the field and are averaging 71.7 points per game vs league opponents, but have amped up their defense as well, holding their four SLC foes to just 59.8 points per game.
Those numbers are anchored by two stellar defensive performances in wins over UIW and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, holding the Islanders and Cardinals to 50 and 52 points in the wins. The Delaney twins are each averaging in double figures in SLC play and are shooting a combined 21-for-41 from 3-point range in that span, headlining an offensive attack that is averaging 8.52 3-point makes per game this year, the most by an SHSU team since 2009-10.
The Kats will need all of that against an HBU team that is leading the SLC with 81.3 points per game as a team, led by Ian DuBose’s league-best 19.4 points per game. The Huskies have had an interesting season so far, registering an overtime win at Wake Forest to headline an otherwise difficult non-conference slate.
They opened up SLC play with an overtime win over Lamar, but have since followed that up with three straight losses, including another in OT at New Orleans and a one-point defeat at Nicholls.
SERIES vs HOUSTON BAPTIST
SHSU owns an 8-5 record against HBU, including 7-3 since the Huskies joined the Southland Conference. The Kats had lost three of four in the series in 2016 and 2017, but have since answered with three straight victories, including sweeping the season series a year ago.