Sam Houston St. 62, Nicholls St. 57

Ashton Mitchell scored 20 points to lead top-seeded Sam Houston
State to a 62-57 victory over Nicholls State in the first round of
the Southland Conference tournament Wednesday.

Sam Houston State (23-7) withstood a 40-point performance from
Anatoly Bose, who was 15 of 23 from the field, including 5 of 11
from 3-point range, and kept the No. 8-seeded Colonels close
throughout the game. The Bearkats will play Southeastern Louisiana
in the semifinals Thursday.

Nicholls State (11-19) took its last lead on an inside score by
Bose with 9:50 to play.

Mitchell scored on a layup on Sam Houston State’s next
possession and the Bearkats held on down the stretch.

Josten Crow scored 13 and Gilberto Clavell added 12 points for
Sam Houston State.

Fred Hunter followed Bose in scoring with six points.

Bose scored 20 of Nicholls State’s 27 first-half points.