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SHSU women lose to Incarnate Word but tops ACU

Contributing Reporter

Published: Monday, January 27, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 00:01

The University of Incarnate Word extinguished the hot streak of Sam Houston State University’s men’s basketball team as the Bearkats split their road matchups over the weekend.

The Cardinals threw up 85 points against the challenging Bearkats despite two shooters finishing with double-digit points.

The Bearkats still maintain a tie for second place in the Southland Conference despite falling 85-74 to SLC opponent Incarnate Word.

“We didn’t run our offense as well [Thursday] and didn’t keep the ball in front of us,” head coach Jason Hooten said. “We don’t have any excuses. Incarnate Word just beat us. Give them a lot of credit. They played well.”

Senior forward James Thomas tallied 18 points and received support from guard junior Jabari Peters, who sunk 16 points of his own during Thursday’s matchup.

Incarnate Word sparked a 29-19 offensive push in the opening 12 minutes of the second half and maintained a healthy lead as large as 16 points. Peters narrowed the Cardinals’ lead to 76-67 after draining a 3-pointer will less than three minutes on the clock.

Following the Bearkats weak defensive outing in San Antonio, SHSU stabilized their offensive and defensive approach to rout Abilene Christian 71-50.

A solid second half performance and a lockdown defensive squad led the Bearkats to topping the SLC freshman program. Peters and Thomas fueled the Kats offensively with 12 points each, while freshman Aurimas Majauskas added 9 points off the bench.

Majauskas settled in and played a big role for the Bearkats after SHSU center Michael Holyfield and forward Terrance Motley found themselves in foul trouble.

SHSU is only two games behind SLC conference leader Stephen F. Austin State.

“I challenged our guys after the Incarnate Word game,” Hooten said. “If we want to get to our goal, we have to get better defensively. Scoring hasn’t been a problem of ours and every guy on the team scored [Saturday]. We’ve just got to get better defensively and strive for our goal.”

The Bearkats return to Johnson Coliseum for a five-game home stretch beginning with a match-up against Texas A&M Corpus Christi Thursday at 7:45 p.m.

Stephen F. Austin 7-0 18-2
Sam Houston State 6-2 14-6
A&M Corpus Christi 6-2 9-12
Nicholls 5-2 8-8
Incarnate Word 4-2 16-3
Oral Roberts 4-3 10-10
McNeese State 4-3 6-13
Southeastern La. 4-4 9-10
New Orleans 4-4 7-9
Northwestern State 3-4 7-11
Abilene Christian 1-5 7-13
Central Arkansas 1-6 4-14
Houston Baptist 1-7 4-16
Lamar 1-7 2-18

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