Saturday, Feb. 10 • Huntsville • 6:15 p.m. CT • Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum (6,100)
Sam Houston State (15-10, 9-3 Southland) vs Lamar (15-10, 7-5 Southland)
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HUNTSVILLE – It has been a different story for the Sam Houston State Bearkats since the start of Southland Conference play, and on Saturday they will try avenge one of the few blemishes on their league ledger when they host Lamar at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.
The game can be watched on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Sam Leavitt on the call and former Bearkat men’s player Paul Baxter providing analysis. Live stats are available at GoBearkats.com and fans can also get updates as they happen by following @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.
The Cardinals handed the Bearkats one of their three losses in league play on January 20 in Beaumont when Lamar erased an 18-point halftime deficit and eventually pulled out an 84-77 win at the Montagne Center. Since then Sam Houston has rebounded well, winning four of its last five games to find itself just a half game out of first place with only six games remaining on the regular-season schedule.
Sam Houston has done much of that damage at home, winning all six of its league contests on the Johnson Coliseum floor after squeaking out a 66-64 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the Cardinals are two games back of the Kats with wins in three of their last five games, including a 76-54 win over preseason league favorite Stephen F. Austin on February 3 that was the worst loss for the Lumberjacks in SLC play since 2003.
Marcus Harris has been huge for Sam Houston against SLC foes, averaging a team-best 14.1 points per game. He pumped in 14 points on Wednesday against the Islanders, including a key jumper in the game’s final minute that proved to be the winning field goal. Christopher Galbreath Jr. continues to lead all Southland players with 10 double-doubles after picking up another one on Wednesday, while John Dewey III has reached double figures in scoring in four of his last six outings.
Key contributions off the bench have come from players such as Josh Delaney, Jamal Williams and Cameron Delaney of late. Josh Delaney has been one of the top marksmen in the league from distance, hitting more than 55 percent of his 3-point field goals in 12 league games while his brother, Cameron, has contributed 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in an average of 19 minutes of work in the last two games.
For Lamar, Colton Weisbrod continues to lead the Cardinals in both scoring and rebounding and turned in a nice game in the first meeting with the Kats with 17 points and seven boards in the LU win. But that day it was Nick Garth who was main piece for Lamar's comeback with a season-high 29 points, most coming in the second half. The junior guard is averaging 12.1 points per game for the year, but just 8.6 in five games since the last game vs Sam Houston.
SERIES vs LAMAR
Lamar snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Bearkats last season with an overtime win in the season’s second meeting and this year already owns an overtime win in Bueamont over the Kats as well. Sam Houston led by as much as 18 in the first half at the Montagne Center on January 20, but the Cardinals chipped away and eventually pulled out the win in extra time to end a five-game win streak for Sam Houston.