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Men's basketball drops two conference games in a row, falls to sixth in Southland Conference

Sports Reporter

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 00:01

Lizeth de la Garza | The Houstonian

Lizeth de la Garza | The Houstonian

Sam Houston State University’s men’s basketball drought extended their losing streak to three games with two losses that were dealt in the second half against conference opponents Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State Thursday and Saturday on the road.

Currently Hooten and his squad are 11-8 (4-4 SLC) and have dropped to sixth place in Southland Conference standings.

Two of the past three consecutive losses for the Bearkats came in overtime, and in the three losses, they have only lost by a total of 11 points.

Demarcus Gatlin’s 15 points against Southeastern (69-65) and 12 points against Nicholls (70-67) weren’t enough to slingshot the Bearkats past the Lions and Colonels.

Against Southeastern, the Lions outscored the Bearkats with fast breaks and carried momentum into timeouts. From the line, the Bearkats sank 22 points (69 percent) but were unable to make shots within the paint.

The Bearkats went into the locker room with a three point lead (30-27) after Will Bond sank a three-pointer with 1:25 left in the half and held the lead going into the second half.

Sam Houston State committed nine fouls during the second half and only shot for 22 percent beyond the arc.

Southeastern Louisiana’s Brandon Fortenberry lead the Lions with 22 points and five assists. He made three of six three points and was a perfect nine for nine from the free throw line. 20 of Southeastern Louisiana’s 69 points came solely from free throws.

Second half troubles followed the Bearkats across Louisiana to fall 70-67 against Nicholls State.

SHSU outscored the Colonels off the bench but were unable to gain momentum in the second half shooting only for 19 percent inside the paint. The momentum established during the first half could not reignite as SHSU gave up a comfortable 12-point Colonel lead going into half time, and made only five of 26 shots in the second half.

“We’ve got to do what we're supposed to do on the road and that's get a split," Coach Jason Hooten said to "We've got to go to Nicholls and find a way to get a win.”

The Bearkats were unable to regain composure in overtime and were outscored 10-7 to close their weekend on the road.

Both teams had a poor day shooting, but the Colonels’ was just a little bit better. They shot 45 percent from the floor compared to Sam Houston State’s 36.  

Nicholls also had three players scoring in double digits. Dantrell Thomas scored 15, Amin Torres scored 12 and T.J. Carpenter scored 11 points.

The Bearkats have ten more conference game remaining in the season before the Southland Conference Tournament. Five of those games will all be held in Johnson Coliseum.

SHSU will hit the road again to square off against Texas A&M Corpus Christi Saturday at 1 p.m.

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