HUNTSVILLE – Christopher Galbreath Jr. registered his second-straight double-double and four Sam Houston State players finished in double-figures as part of a 77-54 victory against St. Thomas on Thursday night at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The Bearkats (5-3) jumped on top of the Celts (5-3) in the early stages, as Jamal Williams sparked an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer three minutes in. The senior went on to set a new career high with three treys and led the Kats in scoring with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
The Bearkats were aggressive inside, creating and capitalizing on a pair of three-point opportunities as Bubba Furlong and Harris sunk shots inside and were fouled to build up an 11-4 advantage just over four minutes into action. The Kats outscored St. Thomas, 34-16 in the paint.
Sam Houston led by as many as 12 points in the first half, doing so on a pair of occasions, including another three-point play, the old fashion way, as Chidozie Ndu drove, scored and was fouled with 9:47 in the first half. A layup late from Williams extended the advantage back to 12, where it stood at the break.
The Kats opened the second half with a 17-5 run over a span of 4:21, including a 7-0 stretch, forcing a Celts’ timeout with 15:27 left. After hitting just 3-of-13 from behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes, Sam Houston was lethal early on in the second half.
Williams pushed Sam Houston’s lead to 20, hitting from long distance with 17:20 remaining. Dewey and Harris struck on back-to-back possessions as the Bearkats advantage reached a game-high 28 points just over two minutes later.
Sam Houston returns to action on Monday, opening a brief two-game road trip at Baylor. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from the Ferrell Center with the game being broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest Plus. Fans can also keep up with the action by following @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.
Head coach Jason Hooten on picking up the victory...
“I thought we played a little lethargic tonight at times. It’s been a tough two weeks for us with that long trip. Coming back with games on Tuesday and Thursday, I knew it would tax our guys mentally and physically. I am proud of the guys … these are the kind of games you can have a hiccup in so to speak. I thought we played hard and showed some things but we still didn’t execute as well as we wanted to offensively. We’re 5-3 in the month of November but we have an even tougher schedule coming up in December. We have to get ready for Monday night.”
Head coach Jason Hooten on the production from Galbreath and Williams…
“It’s just getting him to understand that he is a guy who should get double-doubles every night. He got five offensive rebounds tonight. Right now he is averaging about seven or eight rebounds a game and early in the year, he wasn’t going after the offensive glass. I would guess up to this point, Jamal has been our MVP. He’s playing stronger. You’re asking a guy to play four positions. He is mister dependable. He is a guy you will really miss when he’s gone.”
Head coach Jason Hooten on being back home and the big games ahead…
“I was really worried about this game tonight. They were ahead at Rice by six with two minutes to go. They found a way to lose the game. They played at Concordia the other night in a 99-97 game. I don’t think they were their best tonight and we weren’t either. It feels good to be back home because now we have a couple days. We’ll take tomorrow completely off. Then we have a couple days to practice. We haven’t had practice in a long time, especially being on the road like that. We need to work on some things offensively and get in a groove.”