Scores

Final

McNeese State 81

(4-11, 2-1 Southland)

Sam Houston 86

(10-5, 2-1 Southland)

8:45 PM ET, January 9, 2014

William R. Johnson Coliseum, Nacogdoches, Texas

1 2 T
MCNS 31 5081
SHSU 48 3886

Top Performers

McNeese State: L. Eackles 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

Sam Houston State: K. Ransom 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Sam Houston State holds off McNeese State 86-81

Associated Press

NACOGDOCHES, Texas -- Kaheem Ransom scored 17 points to lift Sam Houston State over McNeese State 86-81 on Thursday.

Ransom made just 2 of 8 from the floor, but hit 12 of 14 free throws to pace the Bearkats (10-5, 2-1 Southland).

McNeese State (4-11, 2-1) was led by Ledrick Eackles with 25 points. Shaun Johnson had 12 and Jamaya Burr added 10 points.

Sam Houston out-rebounded McNeese State 42-33. Michael Holyfield had 14 points, while Jabari Peters added 12, Dakarai Henderson had 11 and Paul Baxter chipped in with 10.

Sam Houston sprinted to a 17-point halftime lead at 48-31 and stretched it to as much as 22 in the second half. But McNeese chipped away until finally getting within one point at 82-81 with 3 seconds left on a Johnson 3-pointer. But Baxter hit a pair of free throws and a layup for Sam Houston to ice the win.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MCNS
SHSU
Points 81 86
FG Made-Attempted 23-55 (.418) 24-56 (.429)
3P Made-Attempted 11-27 (.407) 8-22 (.364)
FT Made-Attempted 24-31 (.774) 30-44 (.682)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

2013-14 Season

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