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Men's basketball team snaps three game losing streak

Sports Reporter

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 23:02

The Sam Houston State men’s basketball squad snapped a three-game losing streak with second half momentum to secure a  55-51 victory against Texas A&M Corpus Christi Saturday in Corpus Christi.

Demarcus Gatlin led the Bearkats accumulating 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double against the Islanders. Gatlin’s 15 point streak came in the second half in the final 20 minutes.

“Demarcus came out and really gave us a spark in the second half,” Coach Jason Hooten said to GoBearkats.com.

The Islanders surged early in the first half shooting 48 percent from the paint, 50 percent from beyond the arc, and sinking 80 percent of their free throws. Johnathan Jordan headed TAMUCC’s offensive scheme with 17 points, sinking five of eight free throws.

SHSU went into half time down by eight (28-20) closing the half with a missed jumper from freshman guard Paul Baxter.

Lockdown defense and shooting for 46 percent kindled the Bearkats’ offense to narrow the Islander’s lead to one (28-27 in the opening minutes of the second half.

Gatlin opened up in the second half sinking five of his first seven shots.

SHSU guard Darius Gatson accounted for four free throws in the remaining 30 seconds which broke the 50-50 tie and allowed the Bearkats to keep a comfortable lead to snap their losing streak.

The Bearkats return to Huntsville for two games at home Thursday at 7:45 p.m. and Saturday at 3:45 p.m. to face-off against conference rivals McNeese State and Lamar University at Johnson Coliseum.

Thursday’s matchup will celebrate “Whataburger” night including a special halftime promotion where Whataburger coupons will be dispersed to winners at both games.

“Domino’s Pizza” day will follow Saturday during both men’s and women’s games.

Live coverage against McNeese will be aired on ESPN3.

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