Sam Houston St. 69, Ecclesia 40

Gilberto Clavell scored 21 points Saturday to lead Sam Houston

State to a 69-40 victory over Ecclesia College.

Corey Allmond and Preston Brown added 15 and 11 points,

respectively, for the Bearkats (6-3).

Ecclesia (9-6), a member of the National Christian Collegiate

Athletic Association, was led by Robert Valentine with nine

points.

The Royals kept the game close in the first half, trailing by

only eight, 26-18, with 1:31 to play. But the Bearkats went on a

7-0 run to go up 33-18 at intermission. Sam Houston outscored the

Royals 36-22 in the second half.

“Ecclesia did a good job of holding the ball and working the

clock offensively and that allowed us to get a lot of repetitions

defensively which is something we need,” Sam Houston coach Bob

Marlin said. “We worked on defense almost exclusively every day

this week and looked better today.”