Sam Houston St. 69, Houston Baptist 57

Nathaniel Mason scored 22 points, DeMarcus Gatlin added 17 and

Sam Houston State earned a 69-57 victory over Houston Baptist on

Saturday night.

Mason had six rebounds, hit three 3-pointers and was a perfect 9

for 9 from the free-throw line. Sam Houston State (4-5) was 20 of

28 from the line, but was only 21 of 57 from the field for a 36.8

percent mark.

The Bearkats forced Houston Baptist to turn the ball over 21


Michael Holyfield gave Sam Houston State its biggest lead of the

half at 18 when he hit a jumper to make it 54-36 with 7:21 to play.

Houston Baptist responded with an 11-3 run capped by Marcus Davis’

3-pointer to cut the lead to 10, making it 57-47 with 3:38


Art Bernardi scored 17 points and pulled five rebounds to lead

Houston Baptist (3-5) and Davis added 12 points and eight