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.