Central Michigan • Saturday, 1 p.m. CST • Live StatsESPN3

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - After a week off, the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team returns to action Saturday for a rematch with Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena.

The Bearkats (1-1) hosted the Chippewas (2-0) at Johnson Coliseum last season. Central Michigan rallied from nine points down at the break to come away with an 81-65 victory.

This will be the third meeting between the two programs. The Chippewas defeated Sam Houston State 71-60 at the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska in 2017.

The Bearkats are coming off a tough road loss at Mississippi State on Nov. 18. SHSU could not hold off a second-half surge by the Bulldogs to fall 67-58 at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville despite leading by as many as 18 points.

The Bearkats opened the second half with a 16-5 run to go up 50-32. The Bulldogs answered with a 35-8 run to close it out.

Sophomore guard Zach Nutall leads SHSU in scoring at 15.5 points per game and rebounding at 8.5. Senior forward Kai Mitchell, who has been named to the preseason watch list for the CollegeInsider.com 2019-20 Lou Henson Award which is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I mid-major player, is close behind at 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Chad Bowie, who scored a career-high 21 points against the Chippewas last season, is third on the team in scoring at 9.5.

Central Michigan has posted home wins over Michigan-Dearborn (102-62) and Mississippi Valley State (134-78) to open the season. The Chippewas have six players averaging double digits in scoring with senior forward David DiLeo (26.0) and senior guard Dallas Morgan (20.0) leading the way.