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Sam Houston State vs Oral Roberts

Sam Houston St. 58, Oral Roberts 55

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KATY, Texas (AP) - Paul Baxter scored 13 points, and sixth-seeded Sam Houston State rallied in the second half to knock off third-seeded Oral Roberts 58-55 on Thursday night and advance to the Southland Conference tournament semifinals.

Terrance Motley added 12 points for the Bearkats (17-16), who allowed only 19 second-half points. Sam Houston State will face No. 2 seed Northwestern State on Friday with a spot in the final on the line.

Warren Niles had 19 points for the Golden Eagles (18-14), and Korey Billbury chipped in 12.

Oral Roberts shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 36-29 halftime lead, but SHSU pulled ahead in the second half behind hot 3-point shooting. The Bearkats led 57-51 with under a minute to play.

SHSU nearly coughed up that lead, but a key Oral Roberts turnover with 9 seconds left helped the Bearkats secure the victory.

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Sam Houston State (17-16) «292958
Oral Roberts (18-14)361955
 

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Sam Houston State Bearkats
J. Thomas, F333-92-23228
M. Holyfield, C151-21-26033
P. Baxter, G275-111-243313
D. Gatson, G253-61-22448
M. McKinney, G230-10-04120
W. Bond263-40-15109
A. Harwell150-10-01220
T. Motley146-80-020412
J. McKay131-30-00103
N. Mason91-10-01002
Totals 23-465-931142058
 50%55.6% 
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles
S. Glover, F331-73-43025
D. Bell-Holter, F303-53-48239
S. Roundtree, F252-41-24115
K. Billbury, G385-111-140412
W. Niles, G374-1111-1411319
D. Jackson311-40-01113
M. Manghum50-00-00000
B. Conley11-10-01002
Totals 17-4319-252551455
 39.5%76% 
Southland
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
SF Austin18-032-3
Texas A&M-CC14-418-16
Sam Houston13-524-11
Nwestern St.12-617-14
Incarn Word9-521-6
Oral Roberts11-817-16
Nicholls St.11-814-15
McNeese St.9-1011-20
New Orleans8-1011-15
SE Louisiana7-1212-18
C. Arkansas5-138-21
Lamar3-154-26
Abilene Christian2-1211-20
Hou. Baptist2-166-25
 
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