Sam Houston State vs Texas State-San Marcos

Sam Houston St. 63, Texas St. 61

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) - Konner Tucker scored 17 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing minutes, as Sam Houston State clinched the final spot in the Southland Conference tournament with a 63-61 victory over Texas State.

The Bearkats (13-18, 7-9 Southland) earned the No. 7 seed in the tournament and will face No. 2 seed Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday.

Tucker's 3-pointer broke a 59-all tie with 2:01 remaining. A pair of free throws by Vonn Jones brought Texas State (13-17, 5-11) within 62-61 with 55 seconds left. The teams then traded turnovers before Demarcus Gatlin hit 1 of 2 free throws with 5 seconds left for Sam Houston State, and Jones missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Matt Staff had 18 points and nine rebounds for Texas State, which could have earned the No. 8 seed in the conference with a victory Saturday. Only the top eight teams in the 12-team league advance to the postseason tournament.

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Scoreboard
Sam Houston State (13-18) «303363
Texas State-San Marcos (13-17)342761

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Sam Houston State Bearkats
M. James, F253-90-48046
S. Werner, F235-74-782314
D. Gatson, G383-90-07219
K. Tucker, G345-144-701217
D. Gatlin, G322-35-78149
M. McKinney201-21-31044
A. Harwell160-30-02120
A. Bootle121-32-34014
Totals 20-5016-314172163
 40%51.6% 
Texas State-San Marcos Bobcats
M. Staff, F346-93-492518
B. Ybarra, F241-30-01152
V. Jones, G352-114-62419
T. Jones, G251-60-01053
J. Bowman, G191-70-03222
R. Koenen285-124-430116
W. Davis232-52-25317
G. Ball61-10-01012
X. Dade41-10-00102
B. Brown20-00-00000
N. Hinton00-00-00010
J. Kirschke00-00-00000
Totals 20-5513-1633132261
 36.4%81.3% 
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Lamar10-819-15232
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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