Central Arkansas vs Sam Houston State

Sam Houston St. 69, Cent. Arkansas 63


KATY, Texas (AP) - Darius Gatson scored 19 points, James Thomas had a double-double and Sam Houston State advanced to the second round of the Southland Conference tournament with a 69-63 win over Central Arkansas on Wednesday night.

Thomas had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bearkats, which are 3-0 against Central Arkansas this season.

Sam Houston State (16-16) trailed 29-28 at halftime but used a 26-12 run to begin the second half capped off by a Gatson 3-pointer with 8:36 remaining in the game and the sixth-seeded Bearkats never looked back.

Gatson hit six 3-pointers on the night for Sam Houston State, which shot 48.1 percent from the field and hit nine 3-pointers.

LaQuentin Miles led Central Arkansas (13-17) with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and DeShone McClure scored 16 off the bench.

Sam Houston State will play third-seeded Oral Roberts, which received a first-round bye, in second-round action of the Southland Conference tournament on Thursday.

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Central Arkansas Bears
J. Garner, F293-162-210229
A. Borden, C212-61-25025
L. Miles, G267-115-761419
R. Crawford, G231-74-41157
O. Wells, G170-00-01100
J. Harks231-50-04012
D. McClure236-92-211216
L. Brown171-11-20233
D. Berete90-10-01110
T. Brown61-20-00112
R. Williams60-00-01000
Z. Padgett00-00-01000
Totals 22-5815-1937102163
Sam Houston State Bearkats
J. Thomas, F347-122-5111116
M. Holyfield, C122-30-04114
P. Baxter, G342-71-27326
A. Harwell, G301-43-45355
D. Gatson, G256-111-310319
T. Motley243-52-43038
J. McKay182-40-02215
W. Bond100-11-20121
M. McKinney91-30-23003
N. Mason41-20-00002
Totals 25-5210-2236111869
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Hou. Baptist12-617-14176
SF Austin12-618-15203
Sam Houston10-821-13195
SE Louisiana9-916-16249
Nicholls St.7-1114-17253
Abil Chr.7-1113-16289
Nwestern St.7-1113-16306
Incarn Word7-1112-17303
C. Arkansas7-118-24311
McNeese St.4-147-22315
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